Build skills for lifelong success Many students leave high school without the skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. How can we better equip students for lifelong success? Research demonstrates that intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies impact student behavior and achievement, increase graduation rates, and promote strong post-school outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides middle and high school educators with the resources, tools, and practical examples to teach key intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, including self-regulation, goal-setting, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Readers will find • Competency-specific evidence-based instructional strategies with examples, and • Tools such as sample instructional plans, formative assessments, and student-friendly products. This book provides teachers with the practical information they need to better develop socially and emotionally engaged, career-equipped, lifelong learners.



Figure 5.1College and Career Competency Wheel—Assertiveness

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Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.

—Martin Luther King Jr.

For most of us, there has been a time when we probably should have expressed our thoughts or opinions to a friend, coworker, or significant other but didn’t for a variety of reasons. Or perhaps we expressed our feelings but did so too aggressively without considering the other person’s perspective. Communicating our wants, needs, and thoughts can be difficult, especially when it is in direct contradiction to what others want, need, or think. Likely, we continually make efforts to assert ourselves, in a respectful way, when it is necessary, such as in those difficult moments related to safety, personal boundaries, or ...

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