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! 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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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

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.

MAIC It Happen

by Janice LaFloe | Apr 03, 2013
 

All Children deserve the best we have to offer! Let's make it happen for all children!

MAIC

by Jessica Atkins | Apr 11, 2013
 

Its true that all children deserve better education. this sounds like a great way to achieve it and there is plenty of evidence and many years of proof to back it up.

Will it be a charter type school? A free preschool? What will the structure be, what qualifications do kids/families need to attend?

The Center will be generally

by Janice LaFloe | Apr 11, 2013
 

The Center will be generally structured like a private child care center, as this type of structure will help build a sustainable model. Scholarships will be available for families as well! The most important qualification for a child and family is the desire to want the best for their children and to find it in our center! The focus on language and culture is an important part of what makes this opportunity unique for those families wanting this for their children and so many have been asking for years for this in St Paul!

MAIC It Happen

by Kathleen Hedberg | Apr 03, 2013
 

What an important and needed program. I hope you win so your location can be secured!

Great Idea!!

by Kristin Grider | Apr 06, 2013
 

I think that Montessori education is a fantastic way to help children with their education and self-realization. I don't know much about the Native American population...would you use materials that are adapted to that culture? What about languages and storytelling traditions? Would you offer parent education? Primary education? Secondary education?

This is a great idea, and I'm interested in the way it meshes with the target population.

Details and Good Planning MAIC It Happen!

by Janice LaFloe | Apr 06, 2013
 

One of the beautiful aspects of Montessori is the adaptability and emphasis on the significance of culture! The plan is to have elders and/or fluent speakers be an important part of the environment as trained assistants!

This is very exciting

by Jessica Atkins | Apr 11, 2013
 

This is very exciting Janice!
Cant wait to hear more

Yes! Montessori!

by Carolyn L | Apr 10, 2013
 

Yes! This is a fantastic idea! I would absolutely love to see this in action.

MAIC it Happen

by Lisa DeCory | Apr 10, 2013
 

What a great idea! So needed in our community and would give our children a head start in their education. Montessori and culture combined is a holistic approach to education and would benefit so many children who do not fit into the box that the education system has put our children in. I hope to see this dream become reality and would love to be apart of it.

You have already played such

by Janice LaFloe | Apr 11, 2013
 

You have already played such an important part by sharing your thoughts, keep it up! Our native voice is often far too quite, please continue to speak up and share your wisdom and thoughts!