Discusses how American Indian educators define their roles and judge their achievements. He examines the ways they address the complex issues of cultural identity that affect their students and themselves and how they cope with the pressures of teaching disadvantaged students while meeting the requirements for reservation schools. Includes personal accounts and candid comments about their choice of profession; their position as teachers, role models, and social service agents; and the sometimes harsh realities of reservation life offer unique insight into the challenges and rewards of providing an education to Native American students. Native American educators meet daunting challenges with enduring optimism and persistence. The insights these educators offer can serve those in other communities where students navigate a difficult path out of discrimination and poverty.
Hope for a better tomorrow : affinitive educators and facilitative educators -- Every reason to succeed : characteristics of the educators -- Challenges are every day : prevailing challenges facing the educators -- If I made a difference for one : intrinsic rewards serving reservation students -- Not every child is the same : reservation schools in the era of No child left behind -- Spread like wildfire : importance of American Indian educators -- You have to know the culture : cultural identity and tribal cultural education -- Appendix : methodology, theoretical framework, and research with native peoples
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