Education Faculty Co-Authors Textbook

Sharon Vegh Williams, visiting assistant professor of education, is the lead co-author of a new textbook, titled Native Cultural Competency in Mainstream Schooling (Palgrave, 2018).

Co-written with Joni Cole, education development specialist for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, the book provides an in-depth analysis of Native American educational issues in the Northeast and highlights teacher training and instruction that address the experience and needs of the many Native students that attend reservation border town schools.

The authors expand upon the results of a participatory action study that explored the barriers to success for Native American students in mainstream schooling during the process of creating and implementing a Native cultural competency teacher-training program for classroom teachers. They document the evolution of cross-cultural relationships and interactions in a diverse schooling context and aim to usher in concrete changes in school experiences and educational outcomes for Native American students by fostering non-Native teachers’ growth in cultural competency.

For more information, visit St. Lawrence’s Department of Education.