An Exciting Way to Engage and Prepare Students for their future

Grounded in social-cognitive theories, environmental literacy and guided by experiential-learning principles, the LifOpps Learning Labs are a student-led, technology-assisted program designed to develop communications and leadership skills that empower student's achievement today and career readiness tomorrow!
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Competent communications correlate with academic achievement and GPA.
Malmud, 2013

benefits of the learning lab

Together with parents, teachers, district administrators, and community partners, the LifOpps Learning Lab in partnership with OCDE (Orange County Department of Education) and guidance from a leadership council develops content that promotes STEAM, environmental, and health literacy with a focus on equity, inclusion and cultural relevance for all students.

overcome fear & anxiety

3 out of 4 people fear public speaking. Students learn to overcome the barriers to effective communications in person, on Zoom, and in video.

improve communications skills

Organize and present ideas and stories in a compelling way for class presentations, live media, or interviews.

increase creativity & critical thinking

Lab activities are designed to promote spontaneous speaking, quick thinking & creativity.

build social & emotional relationships

Strengthen active listening skills. Give and learn from constructive feedback to foster growth and confidence in themself and in others.

Involvement in School

Students with stronger communications skills and confidence are more likely to get involved and get better grades.


research validated instructions

Curriculum designed and facilitated by teachers, award-winning professionals, and speakers.
  • One thing I've learned is that it is better to learn how to communicate correctly sooner rather than later, as the use of communications will always remain an important part of our future."

    Angela, Student

  • "Learning to take initiative, learning about how to be
    confident with speaking, and learning how to give feedback in a way that others can use to help them."

    Makhayla, Student

  • "The Learning Lab has been a great experience! Some of its key benefits are that it has helped me to educate myself on various topics. The feedback givers are great as well because they help you to understand what areas you need to work on. Overall, the Learning Lab has a lot of key benefits and will really improve your communications skills."

    Sanaa, Student

  • "The Learning Lab allows for students to expand and develop their communications skills while in a safe environment so that even if they're nervous or make a mistake, it's ok, and they know no one will judge them for that. It also allows students to have fun while learning and to think deeply about STEM topics and practice their writing skills when preparing their speeches using the Communicating Outline Checklist."

    Evelyn, Student

  • "I enjoy how it's structured, how there are certain things that we do every day, the games, how we get to learn about new things every day with the speeches."

    Daniel, Student

  • "It has many benefits, but the main one is helping to build public speaking confidence in students."

    Leticia, Parent & Teacher

  • "It helps them boost their self-confidence."

    Laura, Parent

what students can expect at the lab?

While students arrive with the expectation that they are entering an online or onsite classroom, after the first Learning Lab, they will understand the following -- what the Learning Lab is and what it isn't. 
  1. A structured, iterative, and experiential process that is student-centered.
  2. Everyone is respected, appreciated, and valued, per the Lab Protocol.
  3. Immediate Feedback is provided to promote learning and development. 
  4. A safe space for students to make mistakes, take risks and learn, following the LDL (Learn-Do-Lead) formula
  1. A typical classroom with a lecturer or a sage on the stage. 
  2. There are no grades, no grading scale, no lectures, and most importantly, no judgment.
  3. Judgment impedes learning and is the opposite of love and support, so we leave and check judgment at the door. 

While assignments are not required, students who thrive in the Lab will take initiative and be motivated to complete their assignments on time. All students are encouraged to actively participate to experience growth in this fun, supportive and safe environment. 

In contrast, if students are unwilling to participate in the process, they are discouraged from enrolling.  

The Lab is structured in four (4) primary segments assisted by the use of technology. We support a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and universal design learning (UDL) as the guiding structures in California's educational landscape.

Check out the anatomy of the Learning Lab below.

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Research shows that weaving together science and language development can increase students’ academic performance in reading, writing, and science. At the Lab, we encourage students to talk about what they have learned in school, what they've learned outside of school, or what interests them. 

Our goal is to encourage students to speak about what they know, reinforce what they have learned in school, and expand on their interests without doing a lot of research or extra work.

frequently asked questions

With guidance from experienced facilitators, the Learning Lab is a student-led, empowerment, peer-to-peer education program that integrates educational topics such as Environmental Literacy, Health Literacy, and STEAM to ignite students' engagement, resulting in personal growth at school and at home.

Join us at the next Virtual Lab!

In California, there are 1.74 million high school students in over 1,300 schools in 2020. Most student college applications blend into the crowd.

Join a virtual Learning Lab and give your student(s) a leg up. They will develop foundational communications and leadership skills to differentiate themselves at school and build the confidence to pursue their career and life opportunities!

Space is limited. Sign-up today and reserve your spot!

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