THE PIERRE INDIAN LEARNING CENTER: STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
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The Pierre Indian Learning Center (PILC) has been involved with the education of Native American youth since 1888. The school began when the South Dakota Livestock Association of Pierre, Dakota Territory, gave a 20-acre tract of land to the United States Government, in the form of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), for an Indian Industrial School. Later, the school itself purchased an additional 160 acres. It has since been discovered through renovations and additional building that the land had served as burial grounds for the native peoples of the area. Today, there is a lot of talk about the spirits seen by those who work and live at the school.I began my internship the second week of September, I was to be working with David LaRoche in the Social Studies classes. He taught sixth grade Government, seventh grade Geography, and eighth grade u.S. History. In my first week there, I observed the kids in Science, Special Ed, Language Arts, and Reading classes, meeting key personnel, and getting to know the kids outside of the classroom. As a student teacher I was expected to fulfill both the requirements of my own, Kalamazoo College, and the criteria sent to Dr. Christine Meyer by Penn State for their student teaching program. This entailed, outside of Kalamazoo's usual requirements, the development of a thematic unit and a taped lesson. In addition, the school itself gave the student teachers all the regular faculty duties and a requirement of 3-5 hours per week to be spent with the kids, outside of the school day.Administrator only due to personally identifying information in case study.