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"We Are the Dreams of Our Leaders": Advancing Social Justice in the Diné Dual Language Classroom

Sat, April 18, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Hyatt, Floor: East Tower - Purple Level, Riverside West


In response to the call to examine the meaning of culture, language and heritage in education research and praxis with the aim of advancing justice, we asked, “What kind of preparation do teachers need in order to meet the needs of children in Diné language programs?” This question is framed by bilingual classroom teachers within the theoretical perspective of a critical indigenous pedagogy of place in order to connect the history of western education in the community with current efforts to teach the Diné language.