There are so many things to teach our students, but do they have the vital skills they need for the real world?

Well, we’ve done the research and...

There are five skills that stand out overwhelmingly above the rest as vital for success in education and in life. They aren’t what you might expect. The good news is that it’s not too late for you to start integrating them into your home or classroom.

You can empower your student right now for the real world. Take our free assessment to determine where your student is with their readiness in each of these five vital skills. We are here to help you empower them toward extraordinary success.

The Five Vital Skills

Click or tap each image to learn about each skill!


Can your student communicate clearly and concisely on physical and digital platforms? Can they respectfully and thoughtfully challenge authority?


Does your student work towards consensus, helping draw input from teammates? Do they dig deeper into the ideas of others with clarifying questions?


Is your student always willing to try new things? Are they willing to try and fail as a way of getting valuable feedback?

Critical Thinking

Does your student apply emotional intelligence and probing questions to new situations? Do they understand what make evidence credible and relevant?

Cultural Intelligence

Does your student actively engage with people who have different worldviews with respect and curiosity? Are they able to diffuse tension when diverse ideas are shared?

How It Works:

The ICC Readiness Assessment will help you determine how your student’s development is progressing in each of the five vital skills, and the resulting Readiness Report will provide insight on where to focus next.

Each section was developed by experts in the vital skills, those who have coached and taught thousands of students in these competencies.

We welcome you to complete the assessment for all your students – there’s no limit to this free tool! Please note that the assessment was developed with middle school and high school students in mind, and your report will consist of suggestions appropriate for that age group.