Developing the Growth Mindset to Overcome Adversity and Manage Stress
No matter what you call them — character skills, SEL skills, positive psychology strengths, employability skills, 21st-century competencies, or even soft skills— these foundational skills are essential in every family, school, extra-curricular, sport, employment/STEM readiness program, community, or workplace.
The ESSENTIALS modules draw upon nearly 25 years of applied research and development in K-16 education, workplaces, and sports.
Educators can introduce each ESSENTIALS module as a single experience or break it into several 15-minute lessons. Students can use the module’s core tool or strategies repeatedly to master the competency over time. In addition, each module includes several extension activities and teaching ideas, allowing for extra practice throughout a course, semester, or year.
- Facilitator Guide (27 pages) – Lesson Script, Extension Activities, Six Pillar Alignment, CHAMP Approach, Additional Research
- Student Workbook (4 pages) – Includes Optimal Performance Assessments
- PowerPoint – Follows Lesson Script and is editable to customize to your lesson plan
Optional Training Available
For you to maximize your utilization of The ESSENTIALS resources, CHARACTER COUNTS! offers online and in-person professional development sessions to help you navigate all the features of your modules, and determine how to adapt the materials to best meet the needs of your school or organization. Two-hour and half-day professional development workshops focused on integrating The ESSENTIALS are available.