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Phyllis Ngai, Co-Director

Selected Readings

Ngai, P.  Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools, Introduction and Chapter 3. 

Cajete, G.  "American Education from a Tribal Perspective."  In Look to the Mountain.

Banks, C and J. "Equity Education." (Recommended)

Gruenewald, D.  “The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place.”  In Educational Researcher. (Recommended)

Mishra, M.  "Communicating the True Cost of Development: Addressing Development and Environment in Orissa, India"  In Sustainable Development and Green Communication: African & AsianPerspectives. (Recommended)

Phyllis Bo-yuen Ngai holds an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana. Her research and teaching interests lie at the crossroads of language, culture, communication, and public education. Dr. Ngai is the author of Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools in the Contemporary Native Communities, published by AltaMira Press (2012). This book is based on her doctoral research conducted on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She also is the author and co-author of six book chapters, two monographs, and 17 professional-journal articles. Her recent research explores (1) communication differences in Native/non-Native educational partnerships; (2) the impacts of different Indian-education approaches on Native and non-Native students' learning outcomes in public middle schools; and (3) the linkages between the global and the Indigenous in education and in development. Currently, Phyllis teaches courses in intercultural communication and international development communication. To contribute to her community, she has been involved in supporting integration of Indigenous education in local public schools for nearly a decade. She co-directed several grant projects that aimed to bring about social change through Indian Education for All as a form of transformative multicultural education.