Publication Date

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Teacher Education

First Advisor

Luis Poza


Culturally sustaining pedagogy, newcomer students


Throughout American history, schooling has been used as a tool of settler colonialism, hegemony, and white supremacy. This process of utilizing schooling as a tool of domination has been labeled by theorists as “miseducation”. To attempt to combat the miseducation that students experience in their schooling, I implemented culturally sustaining pedagogy, which necessitates the maintenance and strengthening of students’ relationships with their cultures in schools. In my project, I focused on newcomer students, as immigrant students are often the most underserved population in schools, and also are the most vulnerable to assimilationist teachings. This project utilized classroom observations, student work, and qualitative interviews with students to examine what I observed as I implemented culturally sustaining pedagogies with newcomer students to foster positive self-identity and belonging.