Rethreading the Needle of the Native American History Narrative




Boston, MA


July 16-28, 2023


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



Upstander Academy is a thirteen-day professional development program for educators in an intimate, cohort-based setting where the power of storytelling invites self-reflection on complex historical and contemporary issues. The program aims to prepare educators to create more inclusive curricula and schools, and to counter bias by promoting understanding, restoration, and the repairing of broken relationships. Our curriculum focuses on genocide against Native peoples in the United States as a framework for historical inquiry, sharing new teaching methods, and modeling upstander skills. Upstander Project's award-winning documentary films are central to our week of inquiry and discussion.

Project Director(s)

endawnis Spears; Mishy Lesser

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jarah Botello; Linda Coombs; Dina Gilio-Whitaker; gkisedtanamoogk; Adam Mazo; Chris Newell; Roger Paul; Sarah B. Shear; Olivia Stokes Dreier

Grantee Institution

Upstander Project

Funded through the Division of Education Programs