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Wóokiye Project

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What is the Wóokiye Project?
The Wóokiye Project includes five pilot schools and 28 Wóokiye Teachers. These teachers will receive training and will be participants in required monthly virtual meetings and professional development.

The project began August 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The goal of this effort is to create and implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist teachers as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU), to provide additional support in creating resources that support OSEU standards, and to seek out schools and teachers that are currently implementing OSEU standards.

DOE leads and funds a State mentoring program to support first and second year teachers. The Wóokiye project is collaborating with DOE and TIE to provide training and support to Wóokiye Teachers with Indigenous student populations.

Wóokiye Objectives

Wóokiye Pilot Schools

Wóokiye Teachers

Stephanie Todd At Large
Michael Scares Hawk Crow Creek Tribal School
Galena Drapeau Crow Creek Tribal School
Brent Charger Crow Creek Tribal School
Gerald Zephier Crow Creek Tribal School
Steve Scares Hawk Crow Creek Tribal School
Jeannine Metzger Enemy Swim Day School
Shannon Mack Georgia Morse Middle School
Victoria (TORI) Peterson Georgia Morse Middle School
Vacant Georgia Morse Middle School
Vacant Georgia Morse Middle School
Jason Stangeland Georgia Morse Middle School
Natasha L Thiry Lyman Elementary Kennebec
Hank Taken Alive Mobridge - Pollock School District
Elizabeth Hughes Mobridge - Pollock School District
Cody Stotz Mobridge - Pollock School District
Britany Knudson Mobridge - Pollock School District
Samantha Borah Mobridge - Pollock School District
Matthew Rama Red Cloud School
Brian Brown Rosebud Elementary
Jae White Timber Lake School
Tylyn LeBeau Timber Lake School
Amy Sandquist Timber Lake School
Karyl Boldt Timber Lake School
Julie Marshall Timber Lake School
Tabor White Buffalo Wakpala Public School
Elverda Little Dog Wakpala Public School
Vacant Wakpala Public School
Terri Smith Wakpala Public School
Caitlin Friesz Wakpala Public School

Teacher Monthly Log Form

Teacher Courses/Resources

WÓOKIYE ORIENTATION COURSE PART 1: The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings
EDU_TIE10A.1 Wóokiye Orientation I
Course Description/Information:

WÓOKIYE PROJECT ORIENTATION PART 2: Culturally Responsive Training
EDU_TIE11A.1 Wóokiye Orientation II

Additional Resources