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  First cohort of Wóokiye teachers selected

The first cohort of participants in the Wóokiye Project has been announced. South Dakota’s Office of Indian Education has chosen three pilot districts/schools with five teachers from each and an additional five teachers at-large from around the state, who will be recognized as Wóokiye teachers.

Wóokiye pilot districts/schools and educators

  • Timber Lake School District
    • Karyl Boldt
    • Tylyn LeBeau
    • Julie Marshall
    • Amy Sandquist
    • Jae White
  • Smee School District
    • Caitlin Friesz
    • Melvin Hill
    • Elverda Little Dog
    • Douglas Oliver
    • Terri Smith
  • Georgia Morse Middle School (Pierre)
    • Jessica Carr
    • Shannon Mack
    • Victoria Moore
    • Jason Stangeland
    • Stephanie Todd
  • At-large participants
    • Brian Brown, Rosebud Elementary
    • Anthony D. Flores, St. Thomas More Middle School (Rapid City)
    • Jeannine Metzger, Enemy Swim Day School
    • Matthew Rama, Thunder Valley CDC (Porcupine)
    • Natasha L. Thiry, Kennebec Elementary

Beginning this summer, this initiative, supported through a Bush Foundation grant, will be an opportunity for these South Dakota educators to create and implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist them as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards. “Wóokiye” is a Lakota term meaning to help, aid, assist.

The Wóokiye teacher project will promote the OSEUs and support culturally responsive teaching practices.

Wóokiye teachers will receive training this summer and will attend required monthly virtual meetings. The three pilot districts/schools will also receive schoolwide professional development.

  • 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

 
 
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