Wolakota Waldorf Society

aka Lakota Waldorf School   |   Kyle, SD   |  www.lakotawaldorfschool.org

Mission

The mission of the Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) is to provide a Waldorf education integrated with Lakota language and culture. Lakota children learn to create positive futures for themselves and their communities.

Based on Waldorf principles, our goal is to develop intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities of the developing child through an age-appropriate curriculum.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Isabel Stadnick

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Stadnick

Main address

Three mile creek road POBox 527

Kyle, SD 57752 USA

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EIN

36-3957237

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The LWS serves some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the country. Pine Ridge (pop. approx. 40,000) is one of the poorest Indian reservations in the U.S.: unemployment runs at 85 percent 60 percent of families live below the poverty line. Life expectancy is low: men, 48; women, 52. The adolescent suicide rate is four times the national average. Another major concern here is the decline in fluency in the Lakota language. The revitalization of the Lakota language is critical for restoring the cultural and economic viability of this community. With our approach we help our children to meet these challenges to prosperity, socio-cultural well-being, health and life expectancy. Children who come to LWS are welcomed into a safe, lively, and nurturing environment, and offered an educational experience that encourages the growth of self-esteem, initiative, and development of their capacities as individuals and carriers of Lakota traditions and values.

Our programs

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School - Kindergarten through 8th grade

The Lakota Waldorf School-registered as Wolakota Waldorf Society - is a 501(c)(3) Non profit Organization. The Lakota Waldorf school is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Medicine Root District, South Dakota and offers a K-8th education based on the Waldorf teaching methods combined with Lakota culture and language.

Population(s) Served

We are currently serving 40 children, K through 7th grade . We have recently begun a capital campaign to raise funds for a new classroom and community building that will enable us to increase enrollment to 60 students and from K-8th grade. We provide safe, reliable bus transportation; healthy, organic meals, outdoor activitis and traditional Native American Sports activites such as archery and Lacrosse; we incorporate Lakota Language und culture into all activities througout the day.

Population(s) Served

Lakota Waldorf School is a K though 8th grade, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in the Medicine Root District, South Dakota. Lakota Waldorf is working with the Waldorf teaching methodology, leaning with head, hand and heart.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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How we address concerns about our children’s health and well-being.
The holistic Waldorf approach that we use supports children in developing healthy bodies, emotional intelligence, social skills, and cognitive capabilities. The curriculum emphasizes creativity, attention to the needs of children at different stages of development, respect for each child’s individuality, social-skills development, group activities, and experiential hands-on learning. The experiential curriculum is flexible and adaptable to local concerns. Our children learn through engaging in a lively round of daily activities: Lakota arts and crafts; recitation, songs, stories, myths, and legends; movement, play and games; gardening, caring for animals, and outdoor and indoor practical tasks.
We support the healthy physical development of our students with our school garden, many outdoor activities, our Healthy Meals program, and many culturally-relevant activities and games. LWS is a K-8th grade school.

The holistic Waldorf approach that we use supports children in developing healthy bodies, emotional intelligence, social skills, and cognitive capabilities. The curriculum emphasizes creativity, attention to the needs of children at different stages of development, respect for each child’s individuality, social-skills development, group activities, and experiential hands-on learning. The experiential curriculum is flexible and adaptable to local concerns. Our children learn through engaging in a lively round of daily activities: Lakota arts and crafts; recitation, songs, stories, myths, and legends; movement, play and games; gardening, caring for animals, and outdoor and indoor practical tasks. The lesson plans are focusing on teaching topics in blocks to enable the students to deepening the material and learning content. The recruitment of new teachers and Waldorf teacher training is one main focus of Lakota Waldorf's expansion strategy for the next 5 years.

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Lakota Waldorf Schools faculty includes Lakota teachers with a comprehensive knowledge in Lakota culture and language and also experienced certified Waldorf teachers. Professional Development is strong program and ongoing throughout the years. Faculty members participate in ongoing workshops, training, and meetings to ensure the best education for the students and to is striving to provide excellence in all academic and a lesson plan that balances learning with head, hand and heart. Lakota Waldorf School works on capacity building, teacher training and strives so engage a balanced teacher faculty team combined of Waldorf teachers, Lakota language and Lakota culture teachers as well as offering a Lakota traditional sports and games program. In addition to the teacher faculty Lakota Waldorf School has two bus drivers hired, one full time cook, one donor relation associate, a office manager and one Administrator/ Development Director. Mentors guide and support the teachers and staff.

The school has started with a Kindergarten in 1993, in 2010 a 1/2 grade was added and in 2017 the school expanded to K-7th grade. In 2017 the first phase of a new campus was completed and currently the fundraising campaing in on the way for phase 1 B and phase 2. in 2019 the 8th grade will be added and a new school bus to be able to transport up to 60 students to the school and back home in the afternoon. the School has accomplished to develop a healthy meal program, most of the produces are organic and every day fresh cooked in the school kitchen. Lakota Waldorf has been able to build a strong circle of donors and foundations within the 25 years of existence. These donors and foundations enable the Lakota Waldorf School to operate the school without charging tuition and allow every child, independent of its social status and family income to attend Lakota Waldorf School. The school created a curriculum and lesson plans that intergrade Lakota culture and language into daily rhythm.

Financials

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Wolakota Waldorf Society

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2018
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Kelly Boomer

Wolakota Waldorf Society

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Bim Pourier

Wolakota Waldorf Society

Term: 2018 - 2020

Kelly Boomer

IHS

Bim Pourier

Little Wound School

Tony Hunter

Lakota Express

Summer Whirlwind Horse

Little Wound School

Celestine Stadnick

Lakota Waldorf School

Isabel Stadnick

Lakota Waldorf School

Katie Hunter

Wolakota Waldorf Society

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No