Plan and implement a five-day immersion methodology training session for 20 Dakota participants, with a follow up weekend workshop. Create a thematic based immersion curriculum, along with assessment tools, for Dakota learners that will be available in print and via an interactive web page. Implement two successful intergenerational immersion sessions for a total of 80 participants, by hiring/training leaders and staff.
Apprentices will enroll and attend certifications courses at the U of M. Dakota Wichohan will support students to ensure retention and academic success. Apprentices will attend and participate in trainings by the teacher in residence, staff trainings, and language conferences. Apprentices will implement a community language venue (tables, after-school programs, etc.). Apprentices will serve as language facilitators at youth camps. Apprentices will meet weekly with master speakers. Apprentices and families will attend monthly Tiwahe gatherings.
The goal of the American Indian Family Center is to create an Early Childhood Montessori Language Immersion Program to offer to American Indian Families living in Saint Paul and the east metro area. This grant will recruit and select candidates for each training opportunity (both the Montessori Teacher and Assistant), train the candidates in both models (Montessori and language immersion), and ultimately place the candidates in programs that are committed to offering the model for early learners.