is designed to improve student retention and success for Native American
college students. It is based on the premise that cultural pride and
positive self-identity are the foundations for learning. Students are
more likely to be successful if they approach learning with an
understanding of themselves which includes a sense of belonging to their
family and tribe and an understanding of their culture and history.
Art Contest Winner
We are happy to announce that Rudy Dawahoya
of Northern Arizona University is the winner of our art contest for the
cover design. Rudy states that the art work, called "Filled Life"
includes "the Snow Katcina Mother (Nuvaktsinmana) in the center of the
clouds, composed of Hopi pottery and textile designs, for her beauty and
significance. She appears during the Niman (Home Dance) katcinam of late
summer to summon a good snow season for the upcoming planting season."
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Overview of Content
Topics in the textbook include career, college and lifelong success.
Chapters include a section titled "Stories from the Elders" which help
students to connect universal themes in Native American cultures to
learning. Since various tribal stories are shared, they also bridge
commonalities across cultures. The Talking Circle activities provide
questions that help students relate their traditional stories to success
in college. Stories from the Elders include tribes from Canada, the
United States and Mexico. Chapter 13, Appreciating Diversity, contains
an overview of the history of Native cultures and educational practices
from colonial times to the present day.
Chapter Titles, Samples and Brief Content
Note that this textbook is a revised
edition of College and Career Success. Click on the links
for samples of Chapter 1 and 13 below.
Part I: Career Success
This sections helps students understand their
personal strengths and how these strengths fit in the world of work.
Chapter 1, Understanding Motivation
Topics include the value of a college
education, how to choose a major, how to be motivated, developing habits
that lead to success and the value of persistence. The Native
American content includes the story of
To’lowim Woman and Butterfly Man
Maidu tribe of California and related Talking Circle questions
Exploring Your Personality and Major
Topics include choosing a major that
matches your personal strengths; understanding personality types;
personality and preferred work environment, decision making, time
management; money management; career outlook and finding your passion.
The Do What You Are personality assessment is included.
Native American Content::
The Creation of the 5th
Sun and Moon
, from the Aztec/Mexica tribes and related Talking
Learning Style and Intelligence
Topics include understanding learning
style, learning strategies, how personality type affects learning style,
understanding your professor's teaching style, and multiple
intelligences. Also included is the Productivity Environmental
Preference Survey which measures learning style and productivity and
suggests matching learning strategies.
Native American Content: How
Coyote Got His Cunning
, from the Karuk tribe of California and
related Talking Circle questions
Exploring Interests and Values
Topics include exploring your vocational
interests, using values to make important life decisions and acting on
your values. The Interest Profiler which measures vocational interests
Native American Content:
Wesakechak and Crane
, from the Woodland Cree of Canada and Northern
United States and related Talking Circle Questions
Planning Your Career and Education
Topics include employment trends, work
skills for the 21st Century, career research, educational planning,
making good decisions, the resume, interview skills and finding success
Native American Content:
The Gifts of Gluscap, from
Algonquian tribe of the East Coast
the United States and related Talking Circle Questions
Part II: College Success
This section provides students with the basic
academic skills that they need to be successful in college.
Managing Time and Money
Topics include lifetime goals, using
priorities, estimating study and work time, schedules, time management
techniques, dealing with procrastination, and money management.
Native American Content: How the Navajo Learned to
Weave and Related Talking Circle Questions
Chapter 7, Improving Memory and Reading
Topics include improving memory, improving
study techniques, mnemonics and other memory tricks, optimizing your
brain power and applying memory techniques to reading improvement.
content includes the story of Wesakechak e-pwekitot,
from the Woodland Cree of Canada
with related Talking Circle discussion questions
Chapter 8. Taking
Notes, Writing and Speaking
Topics include taking notes on the college
lecture, note taking systems, improving note taking efficiency,
reviewing your notes, power writing, and basics of public speaking.
Native American Content: How the Spider Symbol Came to
the People from the Osage tribe of Kansas and Oklahoma with related
Talking Circle discussion questions
Topics include test preparation, dealing
with test anxiety, studying for math tests, tips for taking tests, and
how to be prepared.
Native American Content: The Youth Who Brought the Corn
from the Hopi tribe of Arizona with related Talking Circle discussion
Part III: Lifelong Success
This section helps students with lifelong success
Communication and Relationships
Topics include understanding your
communication style, communication for success, the language of
responsibility, barriers to effective communication, dealing with
conflict, friendships, roommates and relationships.
Native American Content: The Wooden Doll from the
Iroquois Tribe of the Northeast United States with related Talking
Circle discussion questions
Thinking Critically and Creatively
Topics include fallacies in reasoning, how
to become a critical thinker, moral reasoning and creative thinking
Native American Content: How Spider Stole the Sun from
the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with related Talking Circle discussion
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Topics includes longevity, nutrition,
exercise, avoiding addictions, avoiding sexually transmitted infections,
getting enough sleep and making positive changes in your life.
Native American Content: The Buffalo Calf Woman from
Lakota/Sioux tribes of South Dakota
with related Talking Circle discussion questions
Chapter 13, Appreciating Diversity
Topics include the importance of
appreciating diversity, vocabulary for understanding diversity, the
human genome, communicating across cultures, understanding sexual
orientation, how to appreciate diversity, stages of ethical development
and student perspectives on diversity.
Native American content includes "Maintaining Native American Identity
and Culture" with related Talking Circle discussion questions.
Chapter 14, Thinking Positively about the Future
Topics include life stages, positive
thinking, optimism, hope, future-mindedness, positive self-talk,
affirmations, successful beliefs and secrets to happiness.
Native American content includes "Advice from the Experts on College
Success," and "Coyote Creates the Earth" from the Woodland Cree of
Canada with related Talking Circle discussion questions.
About the Authors
Dr. Marsha Fralick is the author of
College and Career Success which
has been used to improve student success
and retention across the country since
2000. She has worked as a counselor,
professor and Department Chair at
Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California
for 33 years. Dr. Fralick grew up in
the Santa Fe area of New Mexico and has
always been interested in Native
American culture and student success.
She believes that success in education
begins with a positive self-concept.
Students need confidence in their
abilities and have a vision of what
their life can be in the future.
For Native American students,
positive self-concept includes pride in
their cultural background.
Beatrice Zamora is the Dean of
Counseling and Student Services at
Southwestern College in Chula Vista,
California. She has nearly 30 years of
experience working as a counselor,
professor and administrator helping
students to be successful including
students who are low-income,
educationally underprepared, and those
considered under-represented in college.
Bea has always had a great appreciation
for cultural diversity and has explored
her Native American heritage though
participation in Aztec Dance of Mexico
and collecting Native American stories.
She has used these stories to
develop Talking Circle activities that
relate the traditional stories to
She has a passion for creating
equality and helping students reach for
Larry Gauthier is the
Director of Student Success Services at
the First Nations University of Canada
in Regina, Canada, where he also has
taught Indian Studies. His first
language was Cree and is a member of the
LaRonge Indian Band. He created the
Student Success Center at the university
and implemented the Student Transition
and Retention Program (STAR) which has
been instrumental in improving the
retention and success of Native American
students. His approach to student
success is based on the Elder teachings
and believes that for students to know
where they are going, they need to know
who they are and where they come from.