"Moving Towards Knowledge Together"

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization

EduE 150, 412 Library Drive, Duluth, MN 55812


University of

College of Education &
Human Service Professions

Circle of Courage Workshops:

Building Caring Communities & Classrooms and Courage for the Discouraged

Dr. Steve Van Bockern

Featuring: Dr. Steve Van Bockern

Steve Van Bockern is professor of Education at Augustana College and Dean of the Reclaiming Youth Institute which conducts research on strength–based prevention and intervention. Drawing on experience as a public school principal and teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, Dr. Van Bockern consults with numerous schools and alternative education programs throughout North America.

He has directed grants for the National Science Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation and has developed programs for talented students. Dr. Van Bockern serves as a codirector for the Black Hills Seminars and is a senior trainer for the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute of Hagerstown, Maryland.

The Circle of Courage

Circle of Courage

The Circle of Courage is a widely acclaimed model of positive youth development first described in the book, Reclaiming Youth at Risk, co–authored by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern.

The model integrates Native American philosophies of child–rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research.

The Circle of Courage is based on four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

Text and logo used with permission from Circle of Courage, Inc., artist: George Blue Bird.

Friday, April 3, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Black Bear Casino and Conference Center, Carlton, MN
Program Cost:
$75.00 (includes lunch)
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Vendor Registration
We have decided to let vendors in for the Circle of Courage Workshop!!! If you are interested, please click here to download a Vendor Registration form (60kb – requires Adobe Reader)
Contact Cindy Gustafson:
phone (218)726–8378
fax (218)726–7073
email cagustaf@d.umn.edu