Built to Last: Durable Skills & K-12 Education


They have been called soft skills, people skills and 21st Century skills. Regardless of the language, there’s a growing consensus that skills like critical thinking, communication, and creativity have the most lasting impact on a student’s success after high school. But incorporating experiences that meaningfully develop these “durable skills” within traditional K-12 settings isn’t easy.

This panel brings together experts at the intersection of education and the future of work to explore durable skills and the innovative learning experiences that can cultivate them in K-12 classrooms.

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  1. Durable skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and growth mindset, are essential for success in the 21st century workforce.
  2. Through innovative K-12 learning models, teachers and leaders can cultivate a culture of durable skill building.
  3. Demand for durable skills continues to increase amidst a changing economic and technological landscape.



Kelly Branning, Director, Whiteboard Advisors

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