Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Edited By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, Miguel Zavala, Christine Sleeter, Wayne Au

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As part of a growing nationwide movement to bring Ethnic Studies into K–12 classrooms, Rethinking Ethnic Studies brings together many of the leading teachers, activists, and scholars in this movement to offer examples of Ethnic Studies frameworks, classroom practices, and organizing at the school, district, and statewide levels. Built around core themes of indigeneity, colonization, anti-racism, and activism, Rethinking Ethnic Studies offers vital resources for educators committed to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in our schools.

Table of Contents:

Section 1: Framing Ethnic Studies
  • “The Movement for Ethnic Studies: A Timeline” By Miguel Zavala, R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, Wayne Au, and Christine Sleeter
  • “Multicultural Education or Ethnic Studies?” By Christine Sleeter, Joni Boyd Acuff, Courtney Bentley, Sandra Guzman Foster, Peggy Morrison, and Vera Stenhouse
  • “Ethnic Studies: 10 Common Misconceptions” By Miguel Zavala, Nick Henning, and Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
  • “What Is Ethnic Studies Pedagogy?” By Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Rita Kohli, Jocyl Sacramento, Nick Henning, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, and Christine Sleeter
  • “Ethnic Studies Pedagogy as CxRxPx” By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin
  • “Counter-Storytelling and Decolonial Pedagogy: The Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing” By Anita E. Fernández
  • “The Matrix of Social Identity and Intersectional Power: A Classroom Resource” By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin
  • “Creating We Schools: Lessons Learned from Critically Compassionate Intellectualism and the Social Justice Education Project” By Augustine Romero and Julio Cammarota
  • “Six Reasons I Want My White Child to Take Ethnic Studies” By Jon Greenberg
  • “Revisiting Notions of Social Action in Ethnic Studies Pedagogy: One Teacher’s Critical Lessons from the Classroom” By Cati V. de los Rios
  • “The Ethnic Studies Framework: A Holistic Overview” By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin

Section 2: Indigeneity and Roots
  • “Collective Healing: Release the Tears, Confront and Bypass the Fear” By Rose Borunda
  • “The Kids ’n Room 36: Cognates, Culture, and the Ecosystem” By Jaime Cuello
  • “‘My Family’s Not from Africa—We Come from North Carolina!’: Teaching Slavery in Context” By Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha
  • “Barangay Pedagogy: Teaching as a Collective Act” By Arlene Sudaria Daus-Magbual, Roderick Daus-Magbual, Raju Desai, and Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
  • “Do I Need to Mail in My Spit?: The Importance of a Teacher’s Roots in Teaching Ethnic Studies” By Dominique A. Williams
  • “Our Oral History Narrative Project” By Aimee Riechel
  • “Rethinking Islamophobia: A Muslim Educator and Curriculum Developer Questions Whether Religious Literacy Is an Effective Antidote to Combat Bigotries Rooted in American History” By Alison Kysia
  • “Hmong Club: Empowering Us” By Pang Hlub Xiong
  • “Critical Family History” By Christine Sleeter

Section 3: Colonization and Dehumanization
  • “Burning Books and Destroying Peoples: How the World Became Divided Between ‘Rich’ and ‘Poor Countries’” By Bob Peterson
  • “Genocide of Native Californians Role Play” By Aimee Riechel and interview by Miguel Zavala
  • “The Advent of White Supremacy and Colonization/Dehumanization of African Americans” By Deirdre Harris
  • “Challenging Colonialism: Ethnic Studies in Elementary Social Studies” By Carolina Valdez
  • “Cherokee and Seminole Removal Role Play” By Bill Bigelow
  • “Sin Fronteras Boy: Students Create Collaborative Websites to Explore the Border” By Grace Cornell Gonzales
  • “The Color Line” By Bill Bigelow

Section 4: Hegemony and Normalization
  • “Connecting the Dots” By Stephen Leeper
  • “History Textbooks—‘Theirs’ and ‘Ours’: A Rebellion or a War of Independence?” By John DeRose
  • “Learning About the Unfairgrounds” By Katie Baydo-Reed
  • “Whose Community Is This?: The Mathematics of Neighborhood Displacement” By Eric “Rico” Gutstein
  • “Reclaiming Hidden History: High School Students Face Opposition When They Create a Slavery Walking Tour in Manhattan” By Michael Pezone and Alan Singer
  • “Teaching a Native Feminist Read” By Angie Morrill with K. Wayne Yang
  • “Teaching John Bell’s Four I’s of Oppression” By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin
  • “Ethnic Studies Educators As Enemies of the State and the Fugitive Space of Classrooms” By Tracy Lachica Buenavista, David Stovall, Edward R. Curammeng, and Carolina Valdez

Section 5: Regeneration and Transformation
  • “Reimagining and Rewriting Our Lives Through Ethnic Studies” By Roxana Dueñas, Jorge López, and Eduardo López
  • “Regeneration/Transformation:Cultivating Self-Love Through Tezcatlipoca” By Mictlani Gonzalez
  • “Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: Teaching the Ongoing Murders of Black Men” By Renée Watson
  • “We Have Community Cultural Wealth!: Scaffolding Tara Yosso’s Theory for Classroom Praxis” By R. Tolteka Cuauhtin
  • “Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline” By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
  • “Tipu: Connections, Love, and Liberation” By Curtis Acosta
  • “Teaching Freire’s Levels of Consciousness: A Lesson Plan” By Jose Gonzalez
  • “Chicana/o-Mexicana/o Resistance and A rmation in the Post–Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Era: Curriculum Unit Narrative” By Sean Arce

Section 6: Organizing for and Sustaining Ethnic Studies
  • “Moving Ethnic Studies from Theory to Practice: A Liberating Process” By Guillermo Antonio Gómez and Eduardo “Kiki” Ochoa
  • “Missing Pages of Our History” By Kaiya Laguardia-Yonamine
  • “The Emergence of the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition in Yangna (Los Angeles) and Beyond: Two, Three, Many Tucsons” By Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona and R. Tolteka Cuauhtin
  • “The Struggle for Ethnic Studies in the Golden State: Capitol City Organizers and Activists” By Rubén A. González, Maribel Rosendo-Servín, and Dominique A. Williams
  • “Ethnic Studies in Providence Schools” By Karla E. Vigil and Zack Mezera
  • “We Don’t Want to Just Study the World, We Want to Change It:
  • Ethnic Studies and the Development of Transformative Students and Educators” By Kyle Beckham and Artnelson Concordia
  • "Ethnic Studies and Community-Engaged Scholarship in Texas: The Weaving of a Broader ‘We’” By Emilio Zamora and Angela Valenzuela
  • “For Us, by Us: Ethnic Studies as Self-Determination in Chicago” By Noemí Cortés, Jennie Garcia, Stacey Gibson, Dua’a Joudeh, Lupita Ramirez, Cecily Relucio Hensler, Cinthya Rodriguez, Maraliz Salgado, David Stovall, Johnaé Strong, Jessica Suarez Nieto, Aaron Talley, Lisa Vaughn, and Asif Wilson
  • “Victory for Mexican American Studies in Arizona: An Interview with Curtis Acosta” Interview by Ari Bloomekatz


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Rethinking Ethnic Studies

ISBN: 9780942961027

Forthcoming: 02/01/2019