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The last day of our summer program is Sunday August 19. There will be no classes at the Kadampa Center on Sunday August 26 while we run Family Dharma Camp offsite. We return for our fall program on Sunday September 2.

High School Curriculum Developer

The Family Program (FP) is seeking a High School Dharma Curriculum Developer. Please contact the Sunday Facilitator, Erin Sloan if you are interested in this volunteer role or some aspect of this role. This is an exciting but considerable task and may require a collection of efforts.

Background: Our center is unique in the number of young people who attend classes each week, and many students have been coming to the center for many years. Lesson plans have been developed based on the 16 guidelines for both early elementary and late elementary, and while curriculum requirements are not set, brainstorming sessions with volunteers, input from students, and lessons learned from past initiatives suggest high school students would benefit most from a dharma-based curriculum using Buddhist terminology. Next, the middle school curriculum would be developed as a bridge between elementary and high school.
Ideally, the Curriculum Developer will have these qualifications:
  • background or experience in education
  • completion of the Discovering Buddhism course or comparable knowledge
Alternatively, Curriculum Developer can engage subject-matter experts for one of these aspects.
Curriculum Developer will have freedom in the process and asked to consider:
  • researching existing high school dharma programs to determine if any exist that can be adapted for our use
  • gathering feedback from past and current volunteers
  • developing a one- to two-year curriculum compatible with our Sunday program in time (about an hour) and theme (Dharma for a Happy Life)
  • create a timeline for curriculum development including milestones and reviews of content
  • communicate plans with CYP Coordinator and Spiritual Program Coordinator
  • develop curriculum including objectives, content, and learning experiences (opportunities to engage the student and for them to practice)
  • receive support from the coordinators in the form of feedback and identifying reviewers, resources, and appropriate contacts in the center and FPMT organization