ISD 361 Indian Education Revitalization
Select three outstanding candidates for 16-month residential language fellowships. Provide apprenticeships in Ojibwe immersion and preservation with elders and faculty. Enable supervised participation in multiple language revitalization efforts.
The fellows have relocated to the Cloquet area as of May 2016. They attended an initial training on May 1st in Minneapolis, facilitated by Concordia Language Villages. Later in the month, they attended a three-day training on-site at Concordia Language Villages to further improve their immersion methods and techniques. In June, they worked with elders to facilitate lessons and activities at the Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang three-week Summer 2016 Academy. Prior to the summer Academy, both fellows completed language assessments conducted by Dr. Michael "Migizi" Sullivan. The fellows are currently attending a weeklong French immersion canoe trip with Concordia Language Villages. Here they are able to research best practices in immersion teaching with youth. The Ojibwe Immersion Academy (Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang) also hopes this experience will be the first step in determining if the Academy could also create a canoe and camping immersion experience for adults and /or youth in the future. Not only will they be learning about facilitating activites with immersion methodology in this setting, and becoming aware of the vocabulary they lack to do so, but they have also been asked to teach Ojibwe lessons to the campers as well, providing them with more opportunites to craft their skills.
12% Tribal, 27% Federal, Other 4%
We expect 50 % of 50 eligible American Indian students in grades 9-12 to participate in Indroduction to Ojibwe, Anishinaabemowin II, and Anishinaabe Studies classes in 2015-2016; 52% in 2016-2017; and 55% of American Indian students will participate in Ojibwe 1, Ojijbwe II, Ojibwe III, or American Indian studies classes in 2017-2018. We expect all students to be knowledgaeable in the Ojibwe language. We expect all students in grades k-5 to develop an interest and understanding of the Ojibwe language and cultural activities by the end of this school year and the 2016-2017 school year. We expect all student sto be knowledgeable in the Ojibwe language and culture. We expect 20% of 55 eligible American Indian students in grades 7-12 to participate in weekly language tables and in the 2016-2017 cultural immersion camp. We expect weekly participation in the language table to increase to 35% in 2016-2017 and 40% in 2017-2018. We expect all student sto be knowledgeable in the Ojibwe language and culture.
We did not meet the participation for goal #1 - we did have 48 students in the Introduction to the Ojibwe Language, Anishinaabe Studies, Ojibwe II, and Ojibwe III courses, 100% of American Indian Students in grades k-5 were offered Ojibwe lnaguage and cultural activities weekly, American Indian students in grades 7 -12 were offered a weekly Ojibwe language table, but we did not meet our participation goal, and 100 % of American Indian students in grade six were offered Ojibwe language and cultural activities weekly. ISD 361 American Indian student retention and student grades have improved, Ojibwe language fluency and knowledge of the Ojibwe culture and history has increased as shown throught the results of the 2016 Ojibwe quiz bowl first place ranking. 711 people were served directly; 28 students in grades pre-school - 5 Ojibwe language and cultural activities weekly, 18 students in the Anishinaabe Studies class daily, 14 students in the Introduction to Ojibwe language class daily, 11 students in the Ojibwe II class daily, 5 students in the Ojibwe III class daily, 28 students and 3 staff at the Ojibwe Language Table 8 students and 2 staff at the Circle of Life Ojibwe Quiz Bowl 65 students, 14 coaches, 3 staff and 10 community members at the International Falls Ojibwe Jeopardy Quiz bowl 14 students and 2 staff at the Fond du Lac Tribal College visit 11 students and 2 staff JOM State Ojibwe Quiz Bowl competition 140 students, parents, grandparents, staff and community members for the Senior Honoring dinner, presentation and speaker (Dan Jones), 35 students and 6 staff, parents, and community members of the year end elementary Ojibwe Quiz Bowl competition, 26 students and 2 teachers for the sixth grade treaty and sovereignty lesson 10 students and 2 staff for the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig quiz bowl 17 students for the FDL Tribal college rep visit 171 students, 27 teachers an staff at the ISD 361 Indian Education Fry Bread day 67 students and 12 teachers/staff at the Keither Secola workshop and concert and 130 students, staff, parents, and community members for the Spring community dinner.
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Maintenance of the Ojibwe language and culture classes, along withi participatioin in Ojibwe Quiz bowls, classroom presentations, language tables and Ojibwe cultural immersion camp, are essential for continued success of American Indian students and ensures a positive reinforcement of the self-image of American Indian students. The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant will be monitored by the ISD 361 Indian Education staff and parent committee. Quarterly meetins will take place to monitor the program.