The Curriculum

Elementary, Middle, and High School Level Curricula — All Free Now and Forever.

The Overcoming Obstacles life skills curriculum is organized into elementary, middle, and high school levels, each beginning with the three fundamental skills on which all other skills can be built: communication, decision making, and goal setting.

Through lessons, activities, and role-playing, your students will learn valuable skills and discover how they are relevant to their lives. Because of its modular format, you can either choose to teach the curriculum from beginning to end or select specific lessons that best meet the needs of your students.

In addition to the three levels of the curriculum, Overcoming Obstacles also provides additional resources including life skills lessons for remote learning, training guides, standards alignments, peer mentoring materials, pre and post surveys, and lessons parents can teach at home. The entire curriculum is available in Spanish, French, and English, and the student activity sheets have been translated into 20 languages.

All of these—the curricula, translations, and resources—are available free, now and forever. Join the 290,000 educators from 170 countries who have taught more than 65 million young people life skills through Overcoming Obstacles.

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The Overcoming Obstacles curriculum is made up of hundreds of life skills lessons that give you the tools to meet the social and emotional needs of your students while also teaching them practical skills. Lesson topics include:


Goal Setting

Decision Making



Service Learning & Citizenship

Bullying Prevention

College and Career Readiness

Conflict Resolution

Problem Solving

Confidence Building