Re-Storying Education cover by Carolyn Roberts

Re-Storying Education

Decolonizing Your Practice Using a Critical Lens

Carolyn Roberts

An invaluable resource for educators looking to actively participate in reshaping education to include historically silenced voices in the classroom.

Re-Storying Education is a process of dismantling old narratives taught in education and rebuilding new narratives that include all the voices that have created this place known as Canada today. This vital and timely book outlines how colonialism has shaped both the country and the public school system. Re-Storying Education uses an Indigenous lens, offering ways to put Indigenous education, history, and pedagogy into practice. It invites readers into an open dialogue in the pursuit of a more inclusive and just educational landscape.

Drawing from her own experiences as an Indigenous student, educator, and administrator, in public and band-operated school systems, Indigenous academic Carolyn Roberts offers a deep understanding of how to support educators with Indigenous education and to create a nurturing and inclusive environment for all students. Re-Storying Education brings wider perspectives, connections to the land and the people of this land, and a deeper understanding of how relationships to these can change the educational experience for all students.

Re-Storying Education contains valuable lesson and assessment ideas, fostering the development of a critical lens in education. Roberts offers questions for self-reflection, suggestions for professional action, recommended resources for further learning, personal stories and anecdotes, insights from her own decolonizing teaching practices, and playlists that reflect the spirit of the work and that uplift Indigenous voices.

This is a must-have resource for all educators and change-makers in education today!


Re-Storying Education is full of knowledge, wisdom, truths, and stories and will influence education for generations to come.”

“A gentle yet thorough overview and introduction, Re-Storying Education is packed with history and context to help educators decolonize their practices. Carolyn Roberts has written an excellent resource for navigating often-fraught waters, turning potential struggle into a hopeful journey of discovery and reconciliation.”


“Carolyn Roberts has created an easy-to-follow, thought-provoking, and foundational guide that draws connections between history, classroom techniques, and, most essentially, her own experiences as a student. Re-Storying Education demonstrates the importance of belonging and community in education. Carolyn invites you to reflect on how your classroom experiences have shaped you and to reflect on your role in maintaining the status quo or pushing the bounds of what we think a classroom can be. Through her personal stories, she shows the profound impact our time as a student can have on how we understand ourselves and others. Carolyn aptly explains the importance of making students feel they belong, not that they’re ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ and her respect for students shines through. This book brings together the deepness of personal stories, the expertise of an educator, and hope for the future.”

Re-Storying Education is a practical guide for how to support educators in decolonizing their practice. Through storytelling, the author weaves her own personal experiences and learnings into her writing, providing strategies on how to disrupt and (un)learn stereotypical narratives and ‘ways of doing’ about Indigenous Peoples by creating space to Re-Story the present and the future. I highly recommend this important resource for all educators but in particular those teaching in the K–12 system. What a wonderful book!”


CAROLYN ROBERTS is St’át’imc and Stó:lō from N’Quat’qua and Tzeachten Nations, and a member of the Squamish Nation. She is an assistant professor in the teacher education department at the University of the Fraser Valley. An educator and administrator for over twenty years in the K-12 system and post-secondary. Roberts works with school districts, educators, administrators, and pre-service educators to build their understanding of Indigenous pedagogy, education, and history. She is a gifted storyteller and keynote speaker. She lives on the unsurrendered lands of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo Peoples (Surrey, British Columbia).

ISBN 978-1-77458-496-5
$34.95 CAD $29.95 USD
Published September 10, 2024
5.5 × 8.5 224 Pages
paperback, ebook