Exploring Cultural Insights with Strategic Collaborative Learning
This presentation highlights the networks we established among teachers and leaders in a Navajo community. These networks, which aligned with the theoretical perspectives of Vygotsky, Piaget, and Gee, promoted exploration of literature and culture heritage while enhancing student achievement in a Navajo community school. We used collaborative learning to encourage Navajo students to explore literacy in a cultural context. Teachers in a Navajo school used texts by Navajo and other Indigenous authors to provide opportunities for students to explore authentic literature. This presentation highlights the results of their authentic discussions of literature and collaborative strategies for enjoyment of reading.
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