MontTELLs


Braiding Indian Education with Academic Literacy Skills in English (2021)

Dr. Jioanna Carijuzaa (Montana Sate University) developed the MontTELLS (short for Montana Teachers of English Language Learners) project to improve the English literacy skills of Native American teachers, thereby enabling them to become more effective teachers to their Native American pupils while at the same time sustaining the teaching of Indigenous language and promoting positive cultural identity. In spring and summer 2021, Professors Carjuzaa and Ricciardelli conducted and recorded on-camera interviews with MontTELLS students, teachers, and staff. At the same time, Ricciardelli and Kael Van Buskirk (who graduated from MSU’s School of Film & Photography’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in spring 2021) gathered B-Roll footage at the Crow and the Rocky Boy Reservations. In fall 2021, Van Buskirk and Ricciardelli edited the film, entitled MontTELLs: Braiding Indian education with academic literacy skills in English, which they completed in November 2021.



MontTELLs: Braiding Indian Education with Academic Literacy Skills in English (2021) from Lucia Ricciardelli on Vimeo.

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