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.



Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have described in detail the instructional practices for teaching five competencies: self-efficacy, self-regulation, goal setting, assertiveness, and conflict management. It is our hope that educators and others can use the essential components, classroom examples, questionnaires, and supporting research to build on current practices in a way that more purposefully and rigorously prepares students for positive post-school outcomes. Our vision for this work is that all students exit high school as career-equipped, lifelong learners who are socially and emotionally engaged.

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