Active learning and skills growth is possible — and doable — with the right tools and support.

With the increasing demands of a busy classroom, it can be tough to incorporate active learning practices, differentiation, and intentional skill development into your students’ assignments as much as you’d like to.

Our professional learning services and teaching resources help you to:

  • Support active, student-driven learning
  • Offer your students rich feedback on academic work and skills practice (and ease the grind of grading)
  • Understand each student’s engagement trends and help them engage more 
  • Bring more real-world skills practice into the curriculum

The result: You can simplify the complexity of differentiated instruction and spend more time enjoying teaching and helping students grow.

Lesson Planning Resources

Skill Builders

Help your students develop relevant, important skills with these customizable lesson plans that are ready for any classroom, no matter what you teach.

Project and Unit Builders

Build skills-forward projects and units with your own content and learning goals. These project and unit builders lead you through a backwards design process to create intentional learning experiences focused on active learning and effective feedback.

Active Learning Activities

Sometimes our students don’t get as excited about our subject as we do. To help you spark some of that passion in your students, try one of our activities. Each incorporates active learning strategies, real-world skill development, and engaging out-of-the-box work.

Templates and Examples

These easily customizable templates, organizers, and examples bring active and skills-forward activities into your classroom no matter your content.


Professional Learning Resources

Grab-and-Go Professional Learning Sessions

Support colleagues in your department who want to incorporate more active learning strategies. These session guides help make the strategy a reality with tangible examples. Try one in your next professional development session or team meeting.

How-Tos and Overviews

When you only have a few moments for independent professional learning, these are the guides for you. Learn more about practices that can make a big difference, along with the practical tips and first small steps you need to try new strategies in a busy classroom.


Teaching Tools

We offer tools for teachers specifically designed to make active, skills-forward learning easier.


Provide targeted, rich feedback to each student on their academic work as well as their skills practice and growth. Feedback Forward also proposes grades on student work based on the feedback you give, reducing the time and effort required to support your students and complete grading requirements.


Quest enables project and mastery learning with projects for grades 9-12 designed around widely used standards in English, Math, Social Sciences, and Science. With Quest, you can use existing projects, modify as needed, or build your own from scratch. Quest also supports fast formative feedback, mastery assessment for academics and skills, and helps you track and understand student engagement.

Learn more about the Learning Workspace and its tools.


Hear directly from high school teachers who actively use the Quest Forward Workspace every day.

“Students can see where they’re at and are able to see the feedback that I give them… Everything is laid out for them from the start. So I like it a lot. I’ve never had anything like this.”

Rachel, English Teacher
Omaha, NE

“I think it’s very empowering… it lets me know that I’m growing. With grades, you might get an A or a B or a C, but it doesn’t show growth necessarily. With this system… it shows, hey, I grew on that assignment.”

Paa Yaw, Student
Omaha, NE

“My relationship with my students is incredible I’m able to collaborate with them, I’m able to get them on board with my teaching. It doesn’t feel like work, it’s actually fun. I look forward to every class.”

Max, Social Sciences Teacher
Santa Rosa, CA

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