The Occasional Paper Series, published twice yearly, is a forum for work that extends, deepens and challenges the progressive legacy on which Bank Street College is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.

The series is a peer-reviewed, open access journal.

Current Issue: Number 49 (2023)
Indigenous Pedagogies: Land, Water, and Kinship

Full Issue



Indigenous Water Pedagogies: Cultivating Relations Through the Reading of Water
Forrest Bruce, Megan Bang, Anna Lees, Nikki McDaid, Felicia Peters, and Jeanette Bushnell


Go With the Flow: Indigenous Science in the Language Classroom
Stephany RunningHawk Johnson and Sequoia L. Dance


Through My Body and In My Heart: A Primer
Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

Anna Lees

Anna Lees (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, descendant) began her career as an early childhood classroom teacher in rural northern Michigan. Now, an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Western Washington University, she partners with schools and communities in teacher preparation. Anna is committed to developing and sustaining reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities to engage community leaders as co-teacher educators, opening spaces for Indigenous values and ways of knowing and being in early childhood settings and teacher education. She is currently engaged in research around a land education professional development model led my tribal nations and a relationship-based site embedded professional development model with tribal early learning programs.

Megan Bang

Megan Bang (Ojibwe and Italian descent) is a professor of the learning sciences and psychology at Northwestern University and recently served as the senior vice president at the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Bang studies dynamics of culture, learning, and development broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective and just learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education. She focuses on reasoning and decision-making about complex socio-ecological systems in ways that intersect with culture, power, and historicity. Central to this work are dimensions of identity, equity, and community engagement. She conducts research in both schools and informal settings across the life course. She has taught in and conducted research in teacher education as well as leadership preparation programs. Dr. Bang currently serves on the Board of Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves as an executive editor of Cognition and Instruction and is on the editorial boards of several other top tiered journals in the field.