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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, we're sharing several of our most effective stress- and crisis-management learning tools.

Lectica First

After several years in production, we're celebrating the rollout out of the very first edition of Lectica First. Lectica First makes it affordable to screen any and all applicants for the fit between their mental skills and role requirements—prior to taking any other action.

Ultimately, we'll be releasing Lectica First as a subscription, but before we ask you to commit we'd like to get you hooked. Our brilliant plan is to work closely with you to develop a customized experiment that will demonstrate what Lectica First can do for your recruitment system. Then, we'll let you talk us into a subscription.

Check out Lectica Inside—our talent development toolkit!

If you're interested in developing talent while creating a vibrant learning culture in which everyone learns optimally from everyday activities, Lectica Inside is for you.

This spring, we're rolling out a new Lectica Inside product—the ViP for Managers edition. As usual, we're offering a special incentive for early adopters.

See the Lectica Inside page for details.

Did you know that seven of the World Economic Forum's top ten leadership skills for 2020 are VUCA skills that are directly targeted by the LDMA?

Join us in LAP-1 to learn to learn more effectively and efficiently, learn to help clients use the LDMA to build VUCA skills faster and better, and (3) learn pedagogical skills that will make you a more versatile coach.

We want to show everyone how to learn better, faster, and more enjoyably. So, we created ViP, a powerful little course that will change your life by transforming the way you learn. If you are 16 years or older, ViP is for you.


K-12 schools

Our K-12 assessments are called DiscoTests®. DiscoTests measure the kind of deep learning that occurs when students are optimally engaged—and they reward the kind of teaching that creates opportunities for optimal engagement. They don't ask what students have memorized. Instead, they ask how well students can work (or play) with what they've learned in real-world contexts. And DiscoTests support future growth by providing personalized learning suggestions, practices, and resources.

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Higher education

Our adult assessments are called LectaTests™. Every LectaTest targets a specific set of real-world skills, such as those involved in reflective judgment, leadership decision-making, ethical reasoning, mindfulness, pedagogy, or self-understanding. For example, the LRJA, our reflective judgment assessment, examines how learners use their critical thinking skills to address thorny real-world problems. Instead of asking if someone has learned the rules of critical thinking, we ask how they do critical thinking.

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If you're serious about good leadership, Lectical Assessments are for you. They can be used to improve hiring decisions by examining the fit between a candidate's skills and the complexity demands of a particular position, or they can support leaders' growth by providing resources and everyday practices that develop the skills & dispositions leaders need most. They can also be used at scale in organizational change efforts or mergers, where snapshots of leaders' capabilities can help foster smoother transitions.

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Coming soon: Lecticalive for Teachers!

We're getting very close to our initial release of Lecticalive for teachers. If you are a teacher who would like to participate in Beta testing, please get in touch!

The team at Lectica has produced the best practical application of developmental theory since Piaget came on the scene in the 1930s.

Kurt Fischer Harvard Graduate School of Edu

Not only is DiscoTest a remarkable achievement in its own right, but Dr. Dawson and her team have what it takes to make it a reality.

Tom Curren Hawthorne Consultants

Lectical Assessments measure the kind of deep, meaningful learning that prepares students for a lifetime of growth and accomplishment.

Renee Owen Rainbow Community School

Lectica's work represents a much-needed complete rethinking of what it means to do educational assessment.

Antonio Battro One Laptop Per Child



Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus