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Essential Skills Poster, Rubrics and Implementation

Model, evaluate and set goals around these skills to ensure all students are ready for a future without boundaries. 

Join our teacher training to learn more about how to incorporate these skills into your classroom.

Now, more than ever, strong essential skills are required to engage in an ever changing workplace. Employers are looking for resourceful and dependable people who can communicate, collaborate, think creatively and critically, and act with emotional intelligence. When our students enter the workforce having developed these skills, they will have many more opportunities in high wage, high growth jobs.

Implementation Guide

Find ideas for implementation and alignment to the Standards for Career Ready Practice, CCSS and NGSS standards. 

Essential Skills Student Reflection

Use the student reflection tool to give students an opportunity to evaluate their skills, growth and goals associated with a project, product or portfolio piece.

Essential Skills Student Showcase

The San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Workforce Partnership designed the Essential Skills Student Showcase to showcase and celebrate student work aligned to the essential skills. You can see the student's work on the Showcase page.

Essential Skills Teacher Training

This course is a train-the-trainer model which builds the capacity of district and site educators to develop essential skills in students. Using an asynchronous format, you can complete it at your own pace on your own schedule. We also provide you all of the resources referred to in the training, including slides, activities, worksheets, supplemental videos, and more. Sign up now! Its free.


Know what essential skills are and why they're important to employers and student career readiness.


Be able to implement a variety of activities and strategies with your students to help them develop essential skills.


Have access to SDCOE's Essential Skills Training materials and resources to use with your students.


San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road                     
San Diego, CA 92111


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Phone: +1 (858) 292-3582