September 11, 2009

 

Meeting was called to order by at Shannon Amiotte 1:16 pm

 

Members present: Shannon Amiotte, Dawn Frank, Crystal Paulson, Richard Red Elk, and Andy Thompson (via pictel in Kyle), and Scott Palumbo and Verine White (via pictel in He Sapa).

<no prayer>

 

Supplementary Questions (1:17-2:02): Shannon had questions about the questions on page 8 of the September 4th meeting’s handout. Specifically, should question 46 (Lakota Language Usage) be reworded to refer to the syllabus and other documents used in the course in addition to spoken language? All members present agreed it should. Second, does question 46 (Lakota Cultural Content) really refer to a general perspective? And should it be reworded to read Lakota Perspective rather than Cultural Content? All members present agreed it should.

 

Shannon proposed that a separate question be developed to refer explicitly to Cultural Content, and the group agreed to draft a fourth question which read, “The instructor includes activities, assignments, readings, or learning outcomes which encourage or emphasize Lakota ideas, values, and beliefs.” Dawn suggested we add “and community” to the end of question 48. Richard evaluated the four questions from a student perspective. Shannon suggested that the scoring matrix be reworded for students to score classes as more or less effective including Lakota language, perspective, history etc. than their other classes. Some question was raised as to whether certain disciplines might have an advantage over others in this regard. Dawn asked each member present to check the four questions against the goals of the Oglala Lakota College Strategic Plan, Goal II, Objective A, specifically Strategies A1-A3. All members present agreed that the questions minimally met the goals.

 

(2:03-2:04) Dawn offered final words of encouragement to the group.

Meeting was adjourned at 2:05 pm

 

Revision: The wording of the four supplementary SIR II questions should read as,

46. Lakota Language Usage - The instructor uses, or encourages student use of Lakota language in the classroom. The course syllabus and other course documents include Lakota language.

47. Lakota Perspective - The instructor practices Lakota protocol and/or encourages Wolakota in student interaction.

48. Lakota History - The instructor incorporates Lakota knowledge of historical events as well as current events that have an impact on tribal members and community.

49. Lakota Cultural Content- The instructor includes activities, assignments, readings, or learning outcomes which encourage or emphasize Lakota ideas, values, and beliefs.

 

Supplementary questions 50 to 55 will be reserved for department or institution specific questions