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.

Learning Strategies


When reDesign first developed our Framework for Effective Instruction, metacognition (the process of thinking about one's thinking) was rarely discussed by educators. It is our belief that strong metacognitive skills create the gateway to deep, independent learning. These activities will help students learn to analyze the effectiveness of their learning process, their level of understanding, and their capacity to use learning strategies as a tool to tackle unfamiliar material.

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