Sample Curriculum

All NDignite Connection participants are expected to watch six 30-minute broadcasts per semester on various concepts shown below. After watching each broadcast, students in 7th and 8th grade are expected to complete a 45-minute activity related to the broadcast topic. The online activities are not meant to be homework, but are designed to keep students thinking about each concept after the broadcast has ended.

When students matriculate into 9th and 10th grade, they are expected to engage in meaningful discussions with their peers and current college students in The Notre Dame Community. (Please note that OER is not currently accepting new applications from rising 9th graders for the NDignite Connection program.)

To get the most from the program, students in 7th and 8th grade are expected to complete 75% of all assignments while students in 9th and 10th grade are expected to participate in 75% of all discussions by the end of each semester. The total estimated time commitment is 7 to 8 hours per semester.

*Concepts discussed:

Fall Semester                     

  • Using Self-awareness to Explore Your Gifts, Talents, Interests, & Dreams

  • Managing Your Time

  • Identifying & Overcoming Roadblocks

  • Finding the Right Fit

  • The Importance of Gratitude & Positive Thinking

  • Finding Your Purpose

Spring Semester
  • Respect for Diversity:  Seeing Your World Through a Different Lens

  • Identifying Healthy Relationships & Support Systems

  • Stress and Resilience

  • Understanding the Importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

  • Identifying Your Leadership Style

  • Service -- Hesburgh Month of Service

Summer Session
  • Optional Programming — Essay and/or entrepreneurship contests

*Concepts discussed may differ based on feedback received in student and parent surveys.