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March 2020  

  Apply by April 17 to participate in Wóokiye Project

Beginning this summer, the Wóokiye (WOH-oh-kee-ya) Project, supported through a Bush Foundation grant, will be an opportunity for 20 South Dakota teachers to create and implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist them as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin (oh-CHEH-tee shaw-KOH-we) Essential Understandings and Standards. “Wóokiye” is a Lakota term meaning to help, aid, assist.

South Dakota’s Office of Indian Education is seeking three pilot schools (public, non-public, or tribal/BIE) with five interested, motivated teachers from each school and an additional five at-large teachers from around the state, who will be recognized as Wóokiye teachers.

Wóokiye teachers will receive training this summer and will attend required monthly virtual meetings. Each Wóokiye teacher will be paid $1,500 for the year.

The three schools will also receive schoolwide professional development.

Schools and educators are invited to apply, regardless of their level of familiarity with implementing the OSEUs. The goal of the project is to amplify the efforts of schools already seeing success with the OSEUs, as well as those who are just beginning such work.

Wóokiye objectives:

  • Creating OSEU lessons and schoolwide plans
  • Modeling of culturally responsive classroom instruction
  • Culturally responsive training/cultural proficiency
  • Development of shared leadership/vision
  • Wóophe Sakowin classroom management training

A Wóokiye Project Launch informational Zoom meeting will be held on Monday, March 30, at 3 p.m. CT. Find access information on the Office of Indian Education's Wóokiye Project webpage.

How to apply: Teachers may apply individually. Administrators who wish to apply to become one of the three pilot schools need to have five of their teachers apply as well. Applications are due April 17.

Find more information, including a recorded webinar and the application, on the Wóokiye Project webpage.

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