Overcoming Obstacles Participates in an Anti-Bullying Theater Production

Posted: November 9, 2016

This week, Overcoming Obstacles is joining the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Team to present the Working Group Theatre’s “Out of Bounds” performance for 5th – 8th grade students at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Through the story of Amy, the new girl at school whose poor choice to send an...

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Responding to Deferred Dreams – Lesson

Posted: October 14, 2016

Langston Hughes’ 11 lines of his poem “Harlem” teach a powerful lesson about the varied responses a person can have to a dream that has been denied, or pushed away. And though this poem was written over sixty years ago, the life skills lesson this poem presents is all too relevant to our students’ lives today.

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Selected Activity Sheets Translated into Chinese, Arabic, and Russian

Posted: September 29, 2016

We are excited to announce that a selection of activity sheets from our Middle and High School curricula are now available in Chinese, Arabic, and Russian! With school populations becoming more diverse each year, we hope this collection of translated activity sheets will help teachers be able to meet the...

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2010: Overcoming Obstacles Meets with New York City Schools Chancellor

Posted: September 7, 2016

One third of all new businesses fail in their first two years.  About half fail in their first five years.  The failure rate for nonprofits is even greater.  Twenty-five years after helping our first teachers and students in Los Angeles, Overcoming Obstacles is thriving!  I couldn’t be more proud and...

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Overcoming Obstacles’ Founder Reflects On Our First School Partnership

Posted: August 4, 2016

I have so many powerful memories of the work we have done over two and a half decades, but one stands out as most memorable to me: our first school partnership.  That partnership was forged with Manual Arts High School in South Central Los Angeles in 1992.  Initially, the school’s...

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