Publication Date: May 5, 2017
Series: Language and Literacy Series
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies raises fundamental questions about the purpose of schooling in changing societies. Bringing together an intergenerational group of prominent educators and researchers, this volume engages and extends the concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP)—teaching that perpetuates and fosters linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation. The authors propose that schooling should be a site for sustaining the cultural practices of communities of color, rather than eradicating them. Chapters present theoretically grounded examples of how educators and scholars can support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, South African, and immigrant students as part of a collective movement towards educational justice in a changing world.
Contributors: H. Samy Alim, Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, Michael Domínguez, Nelson Flores, Norma Gonzalez, Kris D. Gutiérrez, Adam Haupt, Amanda Holmes, Jason G. Irizarry, Patrick Johnson, Valerie Kinloch, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Carol D. Lee, Stacey J. Lee, Tiffany S. Lee, Jin Sook Lee, Teresa L. McCarty, Django Paris, Courtney Peña, Jonathan Rosa, Timothy J. San Pedro, Daniel Walsh, Casey Wong
Django Paris is an associate professor of language and literacy in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. H. Samy Alim is a professor and director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL) at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies not only contests the misappropriation of culture in education, but it also contests the idea that attention to culture obfuscates equity work in schools. To the contrary, sustaining culture is the heart and soul of educational justice, because culture is the heart and soul of what it means to be human. CSP moves marginalized youth from object to subject position through fundamentally humanizing approaches, approaches that stand in contrast to the embedded deficit lenses of the racial contract otherwise structuring schooling."
—Teachers College Record
"In this elegant and groundbreaking volume, Paris, Alim, and their colleagues offer a guiding light for culturally sustaining pedagogies to illuminate new ways of teaching and learning that build on the assets of young people of color and their communities. Challenging old conceptions of culture and identity, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies offers a dynamic view of what it means to teach and learn with courage, heart, intellect, and critique. All teachers committed to justice and equity in our schools and society will cherish this book."
"In this cutting edge new volume, Paris and Alim have brought together a collection of insightful essays by a group of scholars who are committed at the most profound level to using education as a weapon of resistance and an instrument of cultural transformation. The reader will learn that culturally sustaining pedagogies are much more than a fancy new piece of jargon or clever academic phrase. The pedagogical strategies described here serve as a dynamic medium for enacting what education must do if it is to empower, revitalize, and elevate the voices of those who need it to serve as a means to counter oppression and affirm their humanity. For educators who are unafraid of using education to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized, this book will be an invaluable resource and a source of inspiration."
—Pedro Noguera, University of California, Los Angeles
"Paris, Alim, and company highlight critical educational problems affecting students of color, produce insightful analyses, and offer tools to ameliorate these conditions. Leading the frontier of new directions for teaching and learning, this scholarship bends toward the arc of educational justice, calling for deep, effective practices and understanding that center our youths’ assets. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies tells us what is integral to educational equity; and all educators should read and act on its recommendations."
—Prudence L. Carter, dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
"In Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, Paris, Alim, and contributors offer a generous invitation. It is an invitation to (re)consider, (re)create, and (re)narrate the role of culture and learning in the futures of students and communities that have been historically neglected. The authors offer a pathway forward in engaging in the work of listening and doing. This volume also offers us a gift of hope, justice, and a belief in a future wherein educators are invited to work with, in, and for children and their communities. For anyone interested in creating futures of possibility, promise, and potential through powerful pedagogies, this volume is a must-read with guidance and encouragement for our work."
—Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Arizona State University