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Expanding the Circle Resources

Join us for a two-day workshop

On-site training available by request


The Expanding the Circle tranings are a unique and valuable resource that provide participants with insight and strategies on how to implement the Expanding the Circle curriculum in their school, organization, or community.

Introducing "Finding Our Voice"!

We are thrilled to include in the ETC training, our video, Finding Our Voice. Finding Our Voice tells the story of American Indian students who are a part of ETC programs at the University of Minnesota. Students were filmed participating in unique, hands-on, experiential activities related to essential transition skills. The video highlights four students — Brian, Valerie, Geno, and Brenda — who share their experiences of positive personal growth and how their self-advocacy and goal-setting skills give them the confidence to make good decisions and to be leaders in their communities. During the ETC training, participants will have an opportunity to view Finding Our Voice and learn how they can use the video and it's Resource Guide to enhance their own transition programs. See more about the Finding Our Voice Video DVD.



The agenda is the same for both training dates.

Sample Agenda for Day One • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

10:00 a.m.

Theme One: The Discovery
Presenters will explore activities from the curriculum that engage students in exploring and learning about who they are, what kind of personal expectations they have for themselves, who the key members of their family/community are that act as a support system for them, and how they learn. Using the information they acquire, students examine how this information is related to their world, how they respond to change, and how to identify and handle risk factors.

11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.

Video: Finding Our Voice

Theme Two: The Framework
Presenters will demonstrate curriculum activities that focus on the foundational skills and information students need when making their own plans for the future. This theme includes activities that allow students to explore specific skills in the areas of problem-solving, self-advocacy, communication, diversity awareness, goal-setting, and organization.

Sample Agenda for Day Two • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Day One Review and Questions
9:30 a.m. Theme Three: The Choice
Presenters will focus on curriculum activities designed to allow students to explore various post-high school options. These options are examined based on what students have learned about themselves in Themes One and Two. In this theme, students learn about the concept of life planning and explore postsecondary educational, career, and military options based on their understanding of themselves and what they value. The Choice exposes students to the many options available and allows for the development of a plan for the choices that best suit them.
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Theme Four: The Reflection
Presenters will discuss culminating activities to be used as reflection on the skills learned and concepts explored during other themes of the curriculum. The final exercises in the curriculum give students the opportunity to share what they have learned as they prepare for the future.
2:00 p.m. Strategies for Program Implementation
Presenters will review various applications and implementation models for the Expanding the Circle curriculum. The curriculum is currently being utilized by educational settings including middle school, high school, and postsecondary education.

For More Information

Phone: 612-625-5322

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