Skills for Adolescence: Grades 6-8
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (SFA) supports educators
in creating safe learning environments and teaching
life skills to navigate the young adolescent years.
The comprehensive curriculum and support materials brings
school staff, families, communities, and young people
together in a program that integrates social and emotional
learning, character development, drug and bullying prevention,
and service-learning for positive youth development.
Thematic units and lesson plans are offered in flexible
one-to-three year implementation options the support
greater academic achievement.
The middle school years are the most rapid period of
growth and development since infancy. SFA is designed
to help middle school students, parents, and teachers
cope with the physical, emotional, and social challenges
of early adolescence. This extensive curriculum has
been expanded to help students manage conflict and anger
and to help teachers and administrators deal with the
critical issue of bullying.
Skills for Adolescence (SFA) is based on highly targeted
research of students in grades 6-8 and incorporates
unique features that promote the success of young adolescents
in school and life:
- Integrated approach: Primary focus on teaching
social and emotional competencies with targeted learning
in drug and bullying prevention, character development,
- Curriculum manual with flexible implementation
models: Universal curriculum with nine-week, semester,
- Scripted lesson plans: Easy-to-use, highly
interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons that
address young adolescents' needs
- Skill practice: Lesson activities, energizers,
schoolwide events, service-learning
- Positive learning climate: Cooperative, collaborative,
inquiry-based, practice-oriented, and reflective instructional
practices and norms that promote SEL
- Schoolwide approach: Builds a positive school
climate and aligns with Positive Behavioral Intervention
and Supports (PBIS)
- Academic integration: Learning activities
and instructional practices that support Common Core,
Social Studies, and Health with curriculum maps and
- Thematic learning: Applications Across the
Curriculum for each unit in Language Arts, Social
Studies, Science, Math, Art, Physical Education/Health,
- Student Supports: Correlation guide available
to guide use of the program with Response to Intervention
(RTI) Tier 1 and Tier 2
- Family and community engagement: Parent book,
parent meetings guide, and materials for engaging
parents and community members in; program implementation,
as classroom resources, in schoolwide events, and
as mentors in service-learning projects.
- Onsite and online professional learning opportunities:
Onsite and online workshops, technical assistance,
toll-free phone support, and ongoing curriculum and
- Assessment tools: Modularized pre-and-post
tests for each lesson unit for use with various implementation
Our 40-session "Introduction to Skills" implementation
model was proven effective by a rigorous evaluation
study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
(NIDA). All options, from one to three years, include
one lesson per week taught as a 45-minute class or split
into two 20-30 minutes classes. Three lessons per month
are scheduled for a total of 30 lessons per school year.
Unit coverage varies according to time frame.
- Designed for flexible implementation, including
stand-alone or integrated options from nine weeks
to three years.
- Includes 105 total lessons.
- Curriculum is supported by correlation guides, curriculum
maps, evaluation tools, and bullying-prevention lessons
Link to SFA Products