Native American College and Career Success

New 2nd Edition summer-fall 2017
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Overview of Content
Chapter Titles, Samples, and Brief Content
Instructor Manual
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Test Bank and Exams




Second Edition
We are working on the 2nd Edition of Native American College and Career Success for summer-fall 2017. If you are interested in being a reviewer, making suggestions, or if you are teaching a course and would like to receive a complimenatary copy once it is complete, contact Marsha Fralick at

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."  


See the news article about Rudy Dewahoya published by the Gila River Indian News.   

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Native American College and Career Success
Authors: Marsha Fralick, Beatrice Zamora and Larry Gauthier
Kendall Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4652-0210-9
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View Chapter 13, Appreciating Diversity which includes Maintaining Native American Identity and Culture, The Effects of Colonization, Rebirth of Native American Culture, and The Future of Native American Culture and Education.

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Overview of Content

This book 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.  

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 and Brief Content

Note that this textbook is a revised edition of College and Career Success. 

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 from the Maidu tribe of California and related Talking Circle questions

Chapter 2.  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 Circle questions

Chapter 3.  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

Chapter 4.  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 is included.
Native American Content: Wesakechak and Crane, from the Woodland Cree of Canada and Northern United States and related Talking Circle Questions

Chapter 5.  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 in adversity.  
Native American Content: The Gifts of Gluscap, from Algonquian tribe of the East Coast of 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. 

Chapter 6.  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.
Native American 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

Chapter 9.  Test Taking
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 questions

Part III: Lifelong Success
This section helps students with lifelong success skills. 

Chapter 10. 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

Chapter 11.  Thinking Critically and Creatively
Topics include fallacies in reasoning, how to become a critical thinker, moral reasoning and creative thinking techniques.
Native American Content: How Spider Stole the Sun from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with related Talking Circle discussion questions

Chapter 12. 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 maintaining Native American identity and culture, the effects of colonization, rebirth of Native American culture, the future of Native American culture, 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.

Instructor Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint Presentations

The Instructor Manual contains over 500 pages of interactive exercises, classroom handouts, and techniques for engaging students in learning. Here is a sample of the Instructor Manual for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation.

The Test Bank includes a bank of questions for each chapter as well as section, mid-term and final exams.

The PowerPoint Library contains a slide for every topic in the textbook. Select the slides that match your student learning outcomes. Here is a sample PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation.

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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 college success.  She has a passion for creating equality and helping students reach for their dreams. 
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.
  Students from First Nations University