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Episode 106: “Indigenous Education and the Power of Stories” with Leilani Sabzalian, PhD

In this episode, Ricky and Dr. Sabzalian talk about her work teaching and cultivating learning environments that are respectful and have a sense of responsibility to Indigenous Peoples, as well as the power of intergenerational storytelling and “survivance.”

Dr. Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) is an assistant professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and the co-director of the Sapsik’wałá (Teacher) Education Program at the University of Oregon. Her research uses Native feminist theories to create more just and humanizing spaces for Indigenous students in public schools. She also serves on the American Indian/Alaska Native State Advisory Committee and collaborates with the Office of Indian Education to support professional development around the implementation of Tribal History/Shared History. She is the author of several books including her latest, Teaching Critically About Lewis and Clark: Challenging Dominant Narratives in K-12 Curriculum, co-authored with Drs. Alison Schmitke and Jeff Edmundson. 

Related Resources

Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools (Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education) – Leilani Sabzalian, PhD

Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought – Sandy Grande

Indian Education for All: Decolonizing Indigenous Education in Public Schools – John Hopkins

The Auntie Way: Stories Celebrating Kindness, Fierceness, and Creativity – Michelle Jacob

Helen Thomas, MEd, Hunkpapa Lakota educator, writer, curriculum designer, and professional learning facilitator

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