Expanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future (3rd ed.)
- Jana H Ferguson
Curriculum Package (Includes the instructional manual for use by educators and others who work with this age group, as well as one Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System (NOS).)
Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System (NOS) (A personal portfolio filing system designed to help students plan their future after high school in an organized and structured way.)
The third edition of the Expanding the Circle curriculum is for grades 9-12. It is available in digital (PDF) format. Facilitators no longer need to make copies of documents but can now email or upload lessons and activities to their classroom management system, which will save time and resources. Also, the digital format allows for much of the curriculum to be delivered remotely and includes tips on modifying lessons for distance learning.
The curriculum includes the culturally-relevant transition skills and project-based learning presented in earlier editions, which have been in use across the U.S. since 2002, and adds to them. Its content is based on work with thousands of American Indian high school and tribal college students, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators. Curriculum activities, which were created with students' varying strengths and interests in mind, include family and community members in the transition process. The curriculum package includes the instructional manual for use by educators and others who work with this age group, as well as one Nigaan-Ozhiitaa System (NOS), which is a personal portfolio filing system designed to help students plan their future after high school in an organized and structured way. The NOS, whose name is derived from Ojibwe words that mean "prepare for the future," features artwork by American Indian artists on each of the 12 file dividers, and sets can be purchased for multiple students.
To learn more, visit the Expanding the Circle curriculum webpage.