Overcoming Obstacles offers a customizable life skills curriculum designed for grades K–12, with topics appropriate to adult learners and those transitioning to careers and further education.
Skill addressed: Communication, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Work Ethic, Empathy, Self-management
Practitioner and program support
Overcoming Obstacles is a nonprofit organization that offers its curriculum and other materials for free. The curriculum was developed to address the life skills education recommended by the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) report. Since its first use in South Central Los Angeles in the 1990s, educators in all 50 states and 170 countries have used the curriculum. New York City introduced the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program to all its 850 public middle and high schools in 2010 and more than 700 schools were still implementing Overcoming Obstacles after seven years.
Critical & Creative Thinking
Leadership & Initiative
Teamwork & Collaboration