Skills Development

As educators, we often identify key skills that our students need to learn, but it can be challenging to find activities that specifically address these skills. This part of the Design Lab is devoted to our evolving "Learning Genome" of essential skills, critical for college and career preparation. At this time, we have identified 45 skills. Accompanying each skill description is a growing catalog of associated activities.

As you explore, you will see that each skill is associated with specific learning strategies. The Search Filters will allow you to search for skills associated with individual Common Core Standards, specific content areas, etc.


As we progress in school, we often lose site of the art of questioning as a way to develop a deep understanding of something. Asking how and why questions is a powerful way to explore the deeper layers of a text or idea. This collection of activities provides many different avenues for helping students reconnect to their natural curiosity about ideas.

Common Core Standards

Content Areas

Learning Strands

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