The Life-Changing Impact of Life Skills Instruction

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Aired on: March 4th, 2014

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Erin Capone

An expert in child and adolescent development, Erin Capone serves as executive director of Community for Education Foundation, which was founded in 1992 to bring life skills instruction to every child. The organization’s Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program is an award-winning program used by tens of thousands of educators across the country to improve the lives of millions of students. Before joining Community for Education Foundation in 2007, Erin was a children’s social worker for the Hoboken Community Mental Health Center and later Catholic Charities, where she worked to help marginalized young people, including sex offenders, fire setters, and children in the juvenile justice system. She graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Social Work from New York University and magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Rutgers University.

This Week's Topic

Research continually shows that life skills instruction is critical to dropout prevention and to ensuring our young people’s success. Without knowing how to communicate effectively, set and achieve goals, and make sound decisions, our children cannot realize their potential, achieve academically, or find meaningful careers. Fortunately, there are tools out there to bring these skills into the classroom and help students graduate. In this webcast, we will cover:

  • The importance of life skills instruction and the benefits it offers students and schools
  • Best practices for implementing life skills instruction
  • Resources for bringing life skills instruction to young people

Presentation Worksheet

Tim Hudson’s Public Service Announcement.


Keith, J., & Lippman, L. (2009).  A Developmental Perspective on Workplace Readiness: Preparing High School Students for SuccessChild Trends  pdf.

Battistich, V. (2013).  Character Education, Prevention, and Positive Youth Development  pdfCharacter Education Partnership.

Encouraging the Development of Key Life Skills In Elementary School-Age Children  pdf(2012).

Overcoming Obstacles and the Common Core State Standards  pdf(2013). New York City.

Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program(2013).

Sample Overcoming Obstacles Lessons(2013).

Dockery, D. J. (2012).  School Dropout Indicators, Trends, and Interventions for School Counselors  pdf.

Elias, M. J. (2006).  The Connection Between Academic and Social-Emotional Learning  pdfIn H. Arnold & M. J. Elias (Eds.),  The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000  pdf(1991).   US Department of Labor.

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