Skills for Growing

Lions Quest Skills for Growing (SFG) is an evidence-based K-5 program that supports educators in creating safe learning environments and teaching essential skills for success in school and life.
The elementary years are the prime time to teach attitudes and skills that will help all children thrive. SFG capitalizes on the enormous potential of children and directs their creative energies into becoming capable and healthy young people with a sense of direction, solid skills, and a strong commitment to their families, schools and communities.

The comprehensive curriculum and support materials bring school staff, families, communities, and children together in a whole child approach that integrates social and emotional learning, character development, drug and bullying prevention, and service-learning.

Through a series of developmentally appropriate thematic units and lesson plans, the program helps create a school and classroom environment that promotes the positive student behaviors that lead to greater academic success.

Skills for Growing incorporates all the elements necessary for whole child education:

  • Integrated learning: Social emotional, and academic learning, drug and bullying prevention, character development, and service-learning in one approach
  • K-5 Curriculum manuals: Universal curriculum for each grade level
  • Scripted lesson plans: Easy to use, highly interactive, interdisciplinary lessons
  • 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: All grade levels focus on the same themes and skills together; 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 correlation guides
  • Student Supports: Correlation guide available to guide use of program with Response to Intervention (RTI) Tier 1 and 2 interventions
  • Family and community engagement: Student activity booklets for student-family interaction, parent meetings guide, and materials for engaging parents and community members in program implementation, classroom learning, schoolwide events, and service-learning
  • Onsite and online professional learning opportunities: Onsite and online workshops, technical assistance, and ongoing curriculum and resources updates

Implementation: The program uses a student-centered instructional approach that engages students in inquiry-based, interactive, and cooperative learning activities that provide multiple opportunities for practice, reflection, and application. It is recommended that SFG be taught a minimum of once per week during the school year. Lesson totals for SFG vary from 27 - 30 with three additional bullying prevention lessons that are now available online.

SFG is designed for integration into several of the required subject areas of most states and provinces. Schools may choose to adopt SFG in the following ways:

  • As a morning meeting or advisory program;
  • As the core selected curriculum for an existing subject area;
  • Integrated into one or more related areas of the curriculum such as social studies, language arts or health;
  • As a foundation to support state and local initiatives in areas such as social and emotional learning, character education, drug and bullying prevention, and service-learning;
  • As a separate course involving all students and adults.

Visit Program Resources to view a variety of curriculum maps.

Link to SFG Products


Lions Quest Spotlight!
Lions Quest (LQ) continues to grow in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). Multiple schools, including Eager Street Academy, a school for teens located within the Baltimore City Detention Center, are implementing the program during and after school. Interviews with BCPS teachers in January 2011 highlighted the overwhelmingly positive benefits, including creating safe and inviting school climates and increases in positive behavior. Eager Street Princpal Dr. James Scofield described the reductions in violence, teamwork and conflict resolution he's witnessed. "I think that Lions Quest has been a saving grace for many, many, many Baltimore City Public School children," he explained. Watch the BCPS Lions Quest video on the home page of this site to learn more!

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