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Expanding the Circle Transition Curriculum

Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System

Culture-based Arts Integration Curriculum Website


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thumbnail image of coverExpanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future
A Transition Curriculum for American Indian Youth: 2nd Edition

by J. Echternacht and J. Hallas
The second edition (2017) of ETC expands upon the transition skills and project-based learning developed in the first edition (2002) for American Indian youth, primarily in grades 9-12. Consistent with the first edition, ETC is culturally relevant and activity based. The emphasis of ETC is to build the social-emotional learning to better prepare American Indian youth for careers, postsecondary education, and adult life. Activities are structures in a sequential format to build skills is four areas: discovery of self and what drives the youth to specific interests, values, and aptitudes; development of non-academic but essential skills in preparing for transition and adulthood such as organizational, decision-making, and self-advocacy; exploration of careers and college that relate to personal interests and abilities; and developing a plan based on lessons learned from ETC. ETC is designed with simple, easy to follow lesson plans. An additional product is the portfolio system, entitled Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System (NOS), in Ojibwe meaning to organize/plan. The NOS is a series of files used to organize the life planning activities throughout the ETC, high school, and the future. Cost: $99.95 for each curriculum package, $15.00 for each additional NOS Read more



Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System

During the transition process, it is essential for students to organize the important information and documents that they will reference throughout their lives. Portfolios provide a way for students to collect and organize samples of their work to show prospective employers or college admissions counselors what they have done and what they can do. The Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System is a personal portfolio system designed to help transition-age American Indian students plan for their future after high school in an organized and structured way. The Expanding the Circle curriculum includes activites that lend themselves to the use of the Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System. An Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System is included with each curriculum book; additional Nigaan-Ozhiitaa Systems may be purchased as needed. • Cost: $15.00

The Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System has the following categories —

  • Accomplishments
  • Vocational/Work
  • Education
  • Medical
  • Support Circle
  • References
  • Recreation & Leisure
  • Residence
  • Transportation
  • Legal
  • Monthly Expenses
  • Financial Records


cover imageCulture-based Arts Integration Curriculum Website

A curriculum representing part of a comprehensive and collaborative model that is designed and facilitated by the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration and Art Education Program, for American Indian and non-American Indian students in grades K-8 to enhance their interest, understanding, enthusiasm, and performance in standards-based subjects. Working teachers, community elders, and culturalists based the curriculum on local art and culture to better address Ojibwe students' needs. Read more.



Order ETC products from the Institute on Community Integration.


For more information contact Jana Hallas,, 612-624-7315 (phone), 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.



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