• Monica Gupta Mehta

I Can Problem Solve

Program Snapshot by Wallace Foundation

I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a PreK-5 program designed to build interpersonal thinking and problem-solving skills. The program offers two curricula for elementary school: ICPS for Kindergarten & Primary Grades (Grades K-2, or Grade 3 students who have never been exposed to ICPS) and ICPS for Intermediate Elementary Grades (Grades 3-5). Each curricula contains 77-83 lessons to be delivered 2-3 times per week over the course of 3-5 months. Lessons initially last 5-20 minutes and build up to 10-20 minutes over the course of the program. Lessons typically include a short activity related to the lesson theme that varies in structure and content but frequently includes learning problem-solving vocabulary or engaging in short problem-solving dialogues that help students use lesson concepts to solve real-life problems. Developed by developmental psychologist Dr. Murna B. Shure, Ph.D.


Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Pre-problem-solving skills (vocabulary, feelings and preferences, listening and paying attention, sequencing and timing) and problem-solving skills (alternative solution thinking, consequential thinking, and means-end thinking or sequential planning)




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