“WoLakota” implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the ʻheartsʼ of each. Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU address the achievement gap of American Indian students by embracing their identity, and promote cultural understanding among non-native students and teachers. Lakota Elder Dottie LeBeau states, “When we approach teaching with one worldview…we create systems of failure in our schools.” WoLakota closes the circle into a system of understanding and success.
SD Indian Education Director, Mato Standing High on the WoLakota Project
Elder Jesse Taken Alive on the importance of students’ Tribal identity
Former US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan on the value of the WoLakota Project
The WoLakota Project is a partnership between TIE and the SD Department of Education