“WoLakota” implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project will support 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 will support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU will address the achievement gap of American Indian students by embracing their identity, and will 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 will close the circle into a system of understanding and success.
The WoLakota Project is a partnership between TIE and the SD Department of Education