Mission Statement:

To promote an equitable and humane multicultural society through quality education for all. Established in 1979, The Origins Program is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and the sole provider of the Developmental Designs approach, PreK – High School.

Equity Statement:

We pledge to be active in opposing and dismantling systems and policies that cause harm to our students and educators.

Land Acknowledgement:

We at The Origins Program acknowledge that our office is built within the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations.

We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We ensure that our non-profit organization provides support, resources, and programs for our Native community members.

Books and Resources to Support Your Students Growth and Learning

Book Name Author Area of Growth and Learning
All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold And Suzanne Kaufman Safe and Welcome, Inclusion, Community
Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman Goal Setting
Ambitious Ninja By Mary Nhin Goal Setting
Beautiful Opps By Barney Saltzberg Transformation from Blunder to Wonder.
Do Unto Otters By Laurie Keller Classroom Rules
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus By Mo Willems Classroom Community, Emotions
Don’t Touch My Hair By Sharee Miller Respect, Self-Control
Dreams Do Come True, All They Need Is You By Mike Dooley Goal Setting
Each Kindness By Jacqueline Woodson Relationship, Community Building
Fletcher’s Big Show By Julia Rawlinson Acceptance, Loving Who You Are, Friendship
Hair Love By Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison Self Love, Fathers and Daughters
How Fletcher Was Hatched By Wende And Harry Devlin Identity, Courage
I Can Do Hard Things By Gabi Garcia Goal Setting
I Talk Like A River By Jordan Scott Celebrating Individuality
Interupting Chicken By David Ezra Stein Self Control, Blurting
It’s Okay To Be Different By Todd Par Classroom Community, Emotions
It’s Okay To Make Mistakes By Todd Par Classroom Community, Emotions
Julian Is A Mermaid By Jessica Love Celebrating Individuality
Pink Is For Boys Too By Rob Pearlman Empowerment
Red: A Crayon’s Story By Micheal Hall Identity, Courage
Ruby’s Wish By Shirin Yim Bridges Goal Setting
Salt In His Shoes By Deloris Jordan Goal Setting
Squirrel’s New Year Resolution By Pat Miller Goal Setting
The Curious Garden By Peter Brown Goal Setting
The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson And Rafael López Celebrating Individuality
The Dot By Peter H Reynolds Getting Started, Courage
The Family Book By Todd Par Classroom Community, Emotions
The Feelings Book By Todd Par Classroom Community, Emotions
The Gender Wheel By Maya Christina Gonzalez Identity
The Girl And The Bicycle By Mark Pett Goal Setting
The Magical Yet By Angela Diterlizzi Goal Setting
The Name Jar By Yangsook Choi Celebrating Individuality, Friendship
The Peace Book By Todd Par Classroom Community, Emotions
The Priness Knight By Cornelia Funke Empowerment, Resilience
What If Everybody Did That? By Ellen Javernick Reflection, Expectations
What Should Danny Do? By Adir Levy, Ganit Levy Decision Making, Right From Wrong
Whistle For Willie By Ezra Jack Keats Goal Setting
44 Children’s Books About Mental Health Various Mental Health
The White Parent’s Guide to Raising Anti-Racist Kids
10 Keys to Everyday Anti-Racism