The ESSENTIALS: Problem Solving Essentials – Brainstorming Creative Solutions (Digital Curriculum)


Utilizing creativity and problem-solving skills simultaneously means to think beyond a single possibility or answer. In this module, participants will be introduced to the Problem Solving Essentials and Brainstorming Guidelines, powerful tools to enhance creative thinking and problem-solving. Participants will practice their creative thinking skill by brainstorming ways to have a more inclusive culture in the classroom, school, or other environment.


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.

View all 12 ESSENTIALS modules / topics

The ESSENTIALS – Frequently Asked Questions

Brainstorming Creative Solutions – Flipbook

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The ESSENTIALS: Series Introduction

Introduction to Essentials

CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Responsible Decision Making

Six Pillar Alignment: Fairness, Citizenship