Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

Kinoomaagejik ANA Project (KAP) Overview

KAP project is funded by Administration for Native Americans (ANA), of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  The project period is August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2018.

Grant Objectives:
1.  Provide targeted language training to Trainees to increase their language proficiency to at least intermediate high level.
2.  Train Trainees to effectively teach Anishinaabemowin to other LTBB community members.
3.  Develop 50 instructional materials for use when teaching Anishinaabemowin to children.

Trainees:  3 trainees for duration of project, ~ 2 ½ years, 31-months of training.  Trainees are paid a stipend of $15.00/hour, for a maximum of 25 hours per week.  Trainees are required to spend time outside of the 25 hours to study, practice, research, do assignments.  Trainees are:  Renee Dillard, Raymond Shenoskey, Jr., and Forrest Worthington, II. 

Schedule:  Approximately half of the 25-hour weekly schedule is dedicated to communicative Anishinaabe language acquisition to increase their Anishinaabemowin proficiency.  An average of .5 hour weekly for “Niin Eta” one-to-one time with fluent instructor for individual attention and mentoring.  Kanishnaabemi weekly class is geared toward intermediate level language learning and is open to all community members.  The remaining time is used for teacher education training and development of resources/materials.

Teacher-Training Team:   A team of ‘Teacher Trainers’ deliver content related to teacher-education, curriculum and resource design, and professional development.  They are, have included, Alison Simon, Amanda Weinert, Carla Osawamick, Dorothy Perry, Fred Harrington, Gwen Gasco, Jannan Cotto, Maryann Endanawas, and Netawn Kiogima.

Assessments:  Assessments will be administered at beginning of project period, Pre-Assessment, and a similar assessment administered at project-end, Post-assessment.  Intermediary assessments will be administered as well, bi-annually or about every 6 months.  Assessments will measure the trainee’s progress, especially in four core language areas of Listening (understanding, comprehension), Speaking, Reading and Writing.  The Training Team will assess trainees in various areas.  Assessments are administered in a series to assess varied skills.  Formal and informal assessment is ongoing throughout the project.

Practicums:  Teaching experiences, teaching practice, practicums will be phased into the training schedule and will take place at community events, workshop/presentation venues, at head start, high school, college, and community classes.  Practicums will be observed, evaluated and may be video recorded.  This gives trainees exposure to working with different ages and various settings.

Curricular Materials:  Trainees will create curricular resources, aimed for use with children, ages pre-school through elementary, ~ 4-12 year olds.  Materials will be tested, refined, documented and made available for community use.  For each curricular material created, at least one lesson plan will be developed to accompany it.  “Curricular Materials” are any items designed to teach Anishinaabemowin to children such as games, songs, manipulatives, literature, books, handouts, activity sheets, media materials, web resources, etc.  Trainees begin practicing to develop lesson plans in Summer 2016, curricular materials in Fall 2016, and unit plans in Spring 2017.

Community Gatherings:  KAP will hold two each year.  The first one will be held in December 2015 as an opening ceremony/kick-off.  The last one will be held in July 2018 as a graduation ceremony.  The four gatherings between those will be determined by trainees and team.  Trainees will be very involved with planning and implementation.

Community Outreach:  Project participants may host informational tables at major annual community events including annual Citizens Meeting (May), annual Odawa Homecoming Powwow (Aug), Sovereignty Day Celebration (Sept), etc.  Articles and project updates will be submitted to Odawa Trails and website, at least quarterly.

Ateg:  Project Instructor and Trainees will attend all three years.  In year 2 and 3, 2017 and 2018, Training Cohort will submit proposals to Ateg board to be considered for presenting workshops, which will cover the project, approaches, challenges, and success - to showcase positive outcomes of the project.

Reference Materials:  Costs to purchase reference materials for the Trainees are budgeted into the grant.  This is for materials that trainees will use frequently for reference and study.  Each Trainee will receive a digital recorder and several reference materials for study.

Sustainability:  Successful Trainees will be certified by a board at project-end.  The Board will consist of at least 2 staff from Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Department, 1 staff from Niigaandwin Education Department, 1 LTBB community Elder, and 1 LTBB community Language Learner.  Trainees will develop their teacher portfolios by the end of the project.  Nokiiwin Human Resources Department will maintain contact and background information on all certified trainees.  They will be available to receive requests from community organizations and schools for language and cultural teachers.  HR will refer trainees for any employment or contractual opportunities, such as to go out and do presentations.  Gijigowi Department will add at least one staff member in 2017, 2018 and 2019 budget proposals to Tribal Council, so that they could hire at least one more person as funds become available.  Gijigowi will seek additional grants that would employ others.  Gijigowi will request other direct-service departments and programs of LTBB to consider language-trained staff or positions for such positions when working on future grants.  Trainees will be phased into teaching NISH classes at NCMC.  Additionally, we will begin to develop and plan for other academic and cultural programming opportunities.




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