This project will address the critical need of Dakota and Ojibwe immersion schools to have a standardized system for determining reading levels for the Dakota and Ojibwe languages by developing an agreed upon method for assessing the readability of the languages.
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.
The ISD 361 Indian Education Project will continue to work closely with the local school district, Indian education staff, and parent committee members in the evaluation process. The goal of this project is that American Indian secondary student participation in Ojibwe language and culture classes. Data will be reported to and reviewed by ISD 361 Indian Education program committee staff and parent committee quarterly. Tests will be administered. Attendance will be captured, and all date will be kept on file.
The goals of this grant include the continued recording and the professional transference of existing elder stories. The purchase of a professional dictation kit will ensure that the continued recordings are of highest quality. Four certificate-eligible interns will who can transition into language instructor position at Nay AH Shing Tribal School and Mille Lacs Early Education will continue their education of the Ojibwe language. These interns will also be developing teaching materials that can be used in the future.
Grant Activities: The goal of this grant is to support students’ acquisition of the Ojibwe and Dakota language and culture which begins in early childhood immersion at Anishinabe Academy by providing a language and culture table for their families. The Mino-Bimaadiziai/Chante Luta Language and Culture Table will focus on words, place names, and serve to build a non-threatening environment where parents, community members, and schools professionals will grow and develop.
To support students' acquisition of Ojibwe and Dakota language and culture that begins in early childhood immersion at Anishinaabe Academy and firmly establish this learning into daily, regular classroom and community behavior. Strengthen and support the existing language pathways through 12th grade and extend our focus on the development and implementation of a strong Dakota language curriculum.
Money was appropriated to the two Immersion Schools to develop and expand K-12 curriculum; provide fluent speakers in the classroom; develop appropriate testing and evaluation procedures; and develop community-based training and engagement.
To develop and expand K-12 Immersion site curriculum by hiring a culture-based education alignment specialist to work with the Niigaane curriculum development teams. These teams will work on relevant content based instruction for students in grades K-6, as the school does not serve grades 7-12. The project will also provide fluent speakers in the classroom.
Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project provides a 3-hour-a-day preschool language immersion experience. It builds on the integral connections between culture, literacy, and educational attainment. The project partners with existing programs to provide fluent speakers and language curriculum.