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Protecting the Promise

Indigenous Education Between Mothers and Their Children

Timothy San Pedro Megan Bang Django Paris

240 pages
Teachers College Press

Protecting the Promise is the first book in the Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies Series edited by Django Paris. It features a collection of short stories told in collaboration with five Native families that speaks to the everyday aspects of Indigenous educational resurgence rooted in the intergenerational learning that occurs between mothers and their children. The author defines resurgence as the ongoing actions that recenter Indigenous realities and knowledges, while simultaneously denouncing and healing from the damaging effects of settler colonial systems. By illuminating the potential of such educational resurgence, the book counters deficit paradigms too often placed on Indigenous communities. It also demonstrates the need to include Indigenous Knowledges within the curriculum for both in-school and out-of-school settings. These engaging narratives reframe Indigenous parents as critical and compassionate educators, cultural brokers, and storytellers who are central partners in the education of their children.

Book Features:

  • A window into how and why Indigenous resurgence through (and sometimes in resistance to) education can happen.
  • A narrative style of writing that builds accessible stories that are both relatable and connected to larger social issues.
  • An interdisciplinary approach that has implications for pre- and in-service teachers and school administrators, as well as for the communities from which these stories originated.
  • A teacher-friendly Afterword that offers lesson ideas for the classroom and companion questions to the short stories.
Author Bio

Timothy San Pedro is an associate professor of multicultural and equity studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University.