The ESSENTIALS: Communication & Collaboration – Mastering Care-Frontation (Digital Curriculum)


This module introduces the idea of “care-frontation”—communication that balances concern for relationships with concern for goals—and its importance for today’s leaders. In school, sport, work, and life, communication is an essential part of effective leadership and optimal performance. It takes great courage to lead through your communication, to speak the truth in love, and to be willing to support AND challenge others to be and do their best. Communication is how we hold one another accountable for our individual roles and our shared goals.


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 is a research-based character development and leadership enhancement program designed for educators working with middle and high school-aged youth. The ten focus areas in The ESSENTIALS series represent critical competencies for developing character and culture skills needed for success in school, extra-curricular activities, work, and beyond.

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.

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The ESSENTIALS – Frequently Asked Questions

Mastering Care-Frontation – Flipbook

Mastering Care-Frontation - SEL and Character Skills


The ESSENTIALS: Series Introduction

Introduction to Essentials

CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Relationship Skills

Six Pillar Alignment: Caring, Respect