Life Skills,

Star athletes and students in our classrooms experience the connection between physical health and mental health within the context of high performance expectations; transgender rights of students to use the bathroom of their gender identity and to participate in sports teams; and quandaries about learning, isolation from friends and covid-19 restrictions.

First jobs were once forever jobs, but now many are part of the gig economy. Workers face decisions about job security, wages, benefits and loyalty — and employees who may or may not care about their well being. Many personal stories of survival rest beyond the paycheck.

Personal notes and business letters are important forms of communication, documentation and records for historians and sociologists. Beginning with “Dear Colleagues” letters, our You and Your Rights lesson focuses on transgender student access to school bathrooms.

Personal financial literacy is a life skill — to create and manage budgets, to understand credit and debit, to invest in education and training and to interpret the daily news.