Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future
American Indian students who prepare for the transition from high school to postsecondary experiences based on a clear understanding of themselves and their mental, physical, spiritual, emotional selves are more likely to weather this transition smoothly. Add to this awareness the ability to set goals, organize, communicate, self-advocate, problem solve, and work in teams, and young adults are able to face the challenges of the future.
The Expanding the Circle curriculum offers culturally relevant activities that facilitate the successful transition from high school to postsecondary experiences for American Indian students. The curriculum is designed to help youth explore who they are, what skills they need, and what their options are for life after high school. Lessons are designed for use by teachers as well as elders, community members, or other professionals who may work with American Indian youth. Learn more about the curriculum and how to order
Coming soon in 2017
Expanding the Circle Curriculum, 2nd Edition
This 2017 edition of Expanding the Circle (ETC) is designed to offer a structured process and a set of culturally relevant activities to facilitate a successful transition to adult life for American Indian high school students. Learn more about the curriculum and how to order
Young American Indian Entrepreneur Curriculum
A new curriculum designed for American Indian high school students (grades 9-12) to explore entrepreneurship as a viable vocation.Read more.
Finding Our Voice
A video DVD and curriculum highlighting four American Indian youth participating in transition activities designed to prepare them for life after high school. Brian, Brenda, Geno, and Valarie discuss the positive life changes they experienced during their participation in these activites, such as higher expectations for themselves, a stronger connection to their community, and a sense of pride in their American Indian heritage. Learn more about Finding Our Voice and how to order.
A new website filled with lesson plans created by working teachers for American Indian and non-American Indian students in grades K-8 to enhance their interest, understanding, enthusiasm, and performance in standards-based subjects.
An annotated list of resources to support Theme II and Theme III of Expanding the Circle have been added to our resource section. Check it out!