So in 1992, we began by creating a research-based life skills curriculum for middle and high schools. Over the years, the curriculum has been updated for relevancy and technology advances.
Today, the curriculum is free to every teacher worldwide and available in PDF versions and apps for iPads and Android tablets. Ongoing support - from implementation and coaching support to pacing plans and standards alignment insight - is also available at no cost.
Now, Overcoming Obstacles is the most widely implemented approach to life skills instruction. Through its lessons, children in 50 states and more than 90 countries are helping build a new generation of people that makes informed, thoughtful decisions. People who are more compassionate. Who are more accountable for their words and actions. Who make the world better for all who follow.
Our founder, Jill Siegal Chalsty, was a victim of bullying throughout middle school and high school, and it left emotional scars that took years to heal. As an adult, she encountered the classmate who had bullied her years before. Apologetic for the pain she caused, the classmate shared with Jill that she was now teaching life skills to at-risk adolescents, who, like her, lacked the behavioral and societal skills needed to face daily challenges.
Inspired, Jill embarked on a yearlong research project to identify the role of life skills in education. She discovered that the skills essential to young people’s success weren’t being taught in the classroom. So, she set out on a mission to bring life skills instruction to every child in every classroom across the U.S. and around the world.
Jill’s mission led to the creation of the Community for Education Foundation in 1992. Together, with a team of leading educators and national thought-leaders, the Community for Education Foundation developed the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Education program, which provides educators with the tools to teach the skills critical to academic and social success —relevant skills including the three foundational skills of communication, decision making, and goal setting, in addition to problem solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, time management, study skills, and more.
Community for Education Foundation is committed to bringing life skills instruction through Overcoming Obstacles to all students. Because of this, it provides its program to all educators worldwide, free of charge.
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