"Moving Towards Knowledge Together"

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization

EduE 150, 412 Library Drive, Duluth, MN 55812


University of

College of Education &
Human Service Professions

Charter School Authorizer

UMD Eni-gikendaasoyang Charter School Application

(Approved by the Minnesota Department of Education April 22, 2011)

Chartering Mission and Vision

The overall mission of the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) is
to prepare students for careers in education and human service fields. To accomplish this,
the college is dedicated to the goal of achieving excellence in learning, teaching,
research, advising and service. The college strives to engage and empower students —
seeking to develop their potential, preparing them to interact with diverse communities at
home and around the world, and adding depth to their educational experience. The motto
“to serve all families and develop human potential” supports the mission and scope of the

The charge to serve families and develop human potential meshes well with the program specific mission and goals for the Eni-gikendaasoyang Charter Authorizing Initiative.

Mission – The Eni-gikendaasoyang Charter Authorizing Initiative mission is to provide
consistent, responsible, and effective oversight in order to ensure measurable academic
and personal growth of charter school students.

Vision – The Eni-gikendaasoyang Charter Authorizing Initiative is committed to supporting
charter schools that promote academic excellence through programming that is culturally
and linguistically grounded in Anishinaabe tradition.
As an organization dedicated to the restoration of indigenous language and knowledge
through P-12 education, Eni-gikendaasoyang feels that supporting community-based work
is important. We value the collaboration that can happen between pre-service and inservice
teachers, and we are committed to the following principles:

~Creating and maintaining culturally-based learning environments
~Achieving core academic goals and benchmarks
~Defining and achieving Anishinaabe-based cultural and linguistic goals andbenchmarks
~Supporting youth leadership development
~Honoring the earth through environmentally aware practice
~Establishing strong relationships between the school and community
~Employing technology in practical ways to support teaching and learning processes
~Creating progressive and quality professional development opportunities
~Respecting the autonomy of individual educators in implementing these principles

For more information or to request an application please contact:

Nicole Kneeland, 218.726.7266, nkneelan@d.umn.edu