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Evaluation of Overcoming Obstacles by Rutgers University

Posted: May 19, 2021

Rutgers University conducted an evaluation among educators teaching Overcoming Obstacles. The results were overwhelmingly positive, with educators praising how the curriculum engages students, its flexibility and ease of use, how it develops students' social and emotional skills, and more! Some highlights from the report include:

  • 92% would recommend Overcoming Obstacles to other educators
  • 91% report that it helps students develop socially
  • 89% report that it helps students with communication skills
  • 88% report that it helps students with decision making skills
  • 87% report that it helps students develop emotionally
  • 85% report that it helps students experience improved life opportunities
  • 83% report that it helps students with goal setting skills

Educators also expressed their appreciation for the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum. Here is what some had to say:

"I am in love with the curriculum and the depth that it covers. I wish the general public was ready for it and understand that this is the need of the moment. I am optimistic that that day will come. Thank you for creating this wonderful curriculum."

"I have recommended this curricula to every SSW intern I've had in the past 4 or 5 years, as well as many professionals! It's easy to access, user friendly, and just great interactive opportunities for kids! I highly recommend this!"

"I am so impressed with the whole curricula, especially the section where extensions and journal prompts were included. I liked that very little materials or planning was needed to implement these powerful lessons. Students enjoyed them as well."

"I love this curriculum. It can be easily modified for the time limits I need. It is simple enough to pick up and teach to students. It also is worded to give the kids pause to think about the subject not just how they can rush through and go to the next. I believe it has had an impact on the students I work with."

You can read the full report online here and at the Rutgers University website. If you have questions about the curriculum and how you can start teaching it to your students, please contact us.


Overcoming Obstacles offers hundreds of free K-12 life skills lessons designed to prepare young people for all of the challenges life presents. It’s free now and forever and available for download at overcomingobstacles.org.