Education Department Information:
The Education Department of Sinte Gleska University improves the learning process of ALL children through the development of effective facilitators of knowledge, understanding and values. This mission includes planning that relates to understanding of the past, its connections to the present, and the implications for the future. The mission contributes to tribal autonomy and cultural strength. It also contributes to individual development that is characterized by reflective thought, self-development, and a life-long seeking of wisdom.
The mission of the Education Department contains four main strands:
One addresses the need for effective facilitators of a journey of the wakanyeja (children). This includes an understanding that, even as shown in the terminology, children are sacred. Therefore, in the early years of learning, there will be a pedagogy that is grounded in the Lakota culture and leans to a life-long search of the ultimate goal, woksape (wisdom).
Graduates in education will be committed to the Lakota wisdom of looking ahead for seven generations. Consequently, planning is based on this tradition, especially as it affects children. This includes looking to the past so that the traditions and values of today are understood and transmitted to the future. The pedagogy espoused by the Education Department is respectful of the values of the Lakota and are based in past tradition and are requisite for the future.
The Teacher Education Program will assist Sinte Gleska University in strengthening tribal culture and government. This includes the teaching of the four Lakota virtues: Woksape (wisdom); Woohitika (bravery); Wowacintanka (fortitude); and Wacantognaka (generosity). Educators in reservation classrooms will promote the ideals of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
Graduates of the Education Department will model and promote the concept of life-long learning so that young children will see it as a value. This includes a reflective approach that will lead to self-development and is in keeping with the Lakota value of seeking woksape, a journey that takes most of one’s life.
Cheryl Medearis (Chair) BS Elementary Education/ Masters in Education /University of South Dakota /Sinte Gleska University
Cheryl Medearis Ext 8437 Direct Line 856-8117
Daniel Seibel Ext 8336 Direct Line 856-8249
Art Fisher Faculty/Distance Education Coordinator