MAIC It Happen! A Montessori American Indian Center

Janice LaFloe
by Janice LaFloe | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

MAIC It Happen! All children deserve the best we have to offer! What makes St Paul such a great city is the fact that we care about and invest in our children. The beautiful cultural fabric of our St Paul community is among the many priceless gifts we have to offer as well as being our strongest asset. In order for St Paul to continue to be a city that creates a world class constituency, it is necessary to invest in the foundational years that start our children a step ahead. The Montessori American Indian Center (MAIC) It Happen will work to weave the old and the new to build and invest in a stronger future for all children by using the 100 year old proven Montessori Method and blending it with the even older culture and language of the original peoples, the American Indian community. Creating total readers is only one of the amazing things that children can achieve by six, yet we do not provide this type of access for all children. To strengthen the weave of our beautiful cultural fabric, we must better understand how to provide opportunities so that every child can realize the potential that exists within by creating access to the very opportunity that has been producing high outcomes for ‘privileged’ children for years. All children are worthy of the investment and deserve the same access to early childhood programming. It’s time to change that and MAIC It Happen!

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Janice

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LaFloe

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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MAIC it Happen!!

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MAIC It Happen! A Montessori American Indian Center

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

MAIC It Happen! All children deserve the best we have to offer! What makes St Paul such a great city is the fact that we care about and invest in our children. The beautiful cultural fabric of our St Paul community is among the many priceless gifts we have to offer as well as being our strongest asset. In order for St Paul to continue to be a city that creates a world class constituency, it is necessary to invest in the foundational years that start our children a step ahead. The Montessori American Indian Center (MAIC) It Happen will work to weave the old and the new to build and invest in a stronger future for all children by using the 100 year old proven Montessori Method and blending it with the even older culture and language of the original peoples, the American Indian community. Creating total readers is only one of the amazing things that children can achieve by six, yet we do not provide this type of access for all children. To strengthen the weave of our beautiful cultural fabric, we must better understand how to provide opportunities so that every child can realize the potential that exists within by creating access to the very opportunity that has been producing high outcomes for ‘privileged’ children for years. All children are worthy of the investment and deserve the same access to early childhood programming. It’s time to change that and MAIC It Happen!

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A Montessori American Indian Center will make a difference. It will be the first of its kind anywhere in the United States and has the potential to become a national model of a cutting edge revolution in early childhood education. By including language and culture as an integral part of the Montessori method, the momentum created will launch American Indian children past the multiple obstacles that keep them among the lowest achieving communities in all of St Paul. It starts by creating access to the model that has launched so many other children for generations now.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

MAIC It Happen will eliminate the achievement gap even before it has been measured. American Indian students have one of the highest achievement gaps and drop-out rates of all communities. Access to early childhood opportunities are severely limited and very few American Indian children come to Kindergarten prepared. With a waiting list of over 500 children for Head Start programming in Ramsey County, very few American Indian children have any opportunity for early childhood programming. A Montessori American Indian Center will serve American Indian children, an opportunity so sorely needed. The work has already begun and only a location is needed! A million dollars from the St Paul Challenge will provide for the location and seed the opportunity for years to come.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

That’s the beauty of this idea, it is completely replicable and nearly ready to go, only a location needs to be secured! The MAIC is a partnership being initiated with the support of a national expert located in St Paul - the Montessori Training Center of MN. Their effort to bring the method to underprivileged children is what makes this idea inspiring. It’s expandable for more children! The true beauty of the MAIC will be the amazing children as they enter the K-12 system, they will immediately shine in their abilities to be independent, problem solvers who are socially prepared to share and lead. They will be prepared to be actively engaged in their love of learning - reading, writing and doing mathematics at a level above many of their peers of the same age.

llhjl hlhj said: I like the way how they focused on making their center be more useful. - Roger Stanton about this Competition Entry. - 1829 days ago read more >
Brook LaFloe said: I'm all in, I hope we can get the Montessori up and running soon! about this Competition Entry. - 2115 days ago read more >
Sammie Ardito Rivera said: Support this, I want to see it happen. As a Native parent of a preschool age child I am struggling to find a program that is both ... about this Competition Entry. - 2115 days ago read more >
Morningstar Dorr said: This sounds like a great plan! Native american culture and langauge would be easily soaked up into the minds of the children! It will be ... about this Competition Entry. - 2115 days ago read more >
Joe Regguinti said: The premise sounds great and if I had to choose a person that can create something special you would be number one. Does the school end ... about this Competition Entry. - 2124 days ago read more >
jeremy decory said: The Community needs a center for our youth to learn in. The systems in place now our broken and to linear in there way of thinking. I'm ... about this Competition Entry. - 2136 days ago read more >
Jessica Atkins said: The talking circles are such an important part of this planning and continued development. As a former preschool teacher and as a ... about this Competition Entry. - 2136 days ago read more >
Janice LaFloe said: Families have been sharing their thoughts with me for the past nine months through community surveys and Talking Circles! They have ... about this Competition Entry. - 2137 days ago read more >
Janice LaFloe said: All good ingredients for a healthy and strong community. It takes a community working together to make good 'soup'!! about this Competition Entry. - 2137 days ago read more >
Janice LaFloe said: You have already played such an important part by sharing your thoughts, keep it up! Our native voice is often far too quite, please ... about this Competition Entry. - 2137 days ago read more >