Tackling the Tough Skills: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life (Third Edition) -- Curriculum Binder and Addenda CD

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Link to websiteRosilee Trotta
Urban Youth and Family Specialist

Committed to helping hard-to-reach adults or teens prepare for the workplace? Tackling the Tough Skills: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life (Third Edition) offers a fresh, innovative approach for educators, welfare-to-work program leaders and social service professionals seeking to positively impact the lives of hard-to-reach or at-risk audiences. Recent research shows the curriculum is also effective in teaching soft skills to employees in the workplace.

Published by MU Extension, the revised 247-page life-skills curriculum is highly interactive and fun for participants. Complete with dozens of original, humorous illustrations that enhance content, the curriculum offers an easy-to-read format that is both convenient for educators and effective for participants.

Although designed to help individuals who are transitioning from welfare to work, the curriculum is easily adaptable to diverse audiences, including adolescents, employees in the workplace, adult and juvenile offenders, school-to-work participants, adults and youth at risk, to name a few.

Flexibility is a key feature. Educators may use the curriculum in its entirety, or choose sections or exercises to supplement other training materials.

Dynamic group learning experiences that teach critical thinking — including original role plays, discussions, overheads, games and activity exercises — both motivate and challenge participants to get involved. Frequent, well-paced activities provide a blend of humor and serious content that facilitates learning, yet encourages personal reflection and models respect for oneself and others.

The curriculum features a unique blend of honesty, homespun humor, and hard-hitting reality to effectively impact participants.

The curriculum is packaged in an easy-to-use binder, complete with 93 illustrated pages that may be copied by educators to use as overheads and handouts. The curriculum includes a CD containing the addenda files to make printing and copying handouts easier.

Tackling the Tough Skills™ is a must-have resource for educators and a wide variety of leaders and trainers, including workplace and organizational educators, welfare-to-work program leaders, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED instructors, social service professionals, social workers, case managers, youth coordinators, high school and middle school educators, prison and re-entry specialists working with adult or juvenile offenders, faith-based program leaders, vocational and life skills counselors, and anyone seeking to positively impact the lives of adults or teens.

For more information about the curriculum, http://extension.missouri.edu/tough-life-skills


  • 978-0-933842-36-6


  • Attitude
  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Workforce preparation
  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Critical thinking
  • Self-esteem
  • Teamwork
  • Stress management


  • 247
  • One addenda CD