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Assessment Beyond the Pandemic

Assessment Beyond the Pandemic

The pandemic has thrust assessment into the spotlight. Everyone is talking about testing and grading. In the history of education, this is an opportune time to make things better.  School Administrator magazine has focused its May issue on “Grading Beyond the Pandemic,” and I appreciated the opportunity to contribute an article arguing for portfolio-defense: “Reliable […]

RESOURCE CORNER: Hosting an Empowering Kiva Panel

RESOURCE CORNER: Hosting an Empowering Kiva Panel

This resource is one that ELP has adapted from the School Reform Initiative Colorado Center of Activity and has been previously used in a Deeper Learning Leadership Forum (DLLF) session. Holding a Kiva Panel allows a larger group of listeners to highlight and learn from the voices of the selected panelists and can be adjusted […]

March 2021 Upcoming Events & Announcements

March 2021 Upcoming Events & Announcements

April Graduate Profile Workshop Series Join us for the next round of our three-part workshop series, led by Deeper Learning Coach, Abby Benedetto. Participants will explore the value of having a Graduate Profile, develop and define a draft, and then learn how to implement and measure it once they take it back to their school, […]

Guest Blog: What’s Next? By Suzanne Malek

Guest Blog: What’s Next? By Suzanne Malek

What’s next? Enforcing “time served” is for prison guards, not stewards of genius. Vinci Daro and Theresa Morris are two razor-sharp colleagues of mine. Among other qualities, they are math curriculum and assessment designers; they also help teachers shift the focus of learning to center students. The teacher works to guide, encourage, and create conditions […]

Listening to Black Women: What Conditions Enable Black Women Deeper Learning Leaders to Thrive?

Listening to Black Women: What Conditions Enable Black Women Deeper Learning Leaders to Thrive?

ELP is excited to share our Den Talk for this year’s Deeper Learning Conference- Listening to Black Women: What Conditions Enable Black Women Deeper Learning Leaders to Thrive? Deeper Learning Coach, Alcine Mumby, will be hosting and spotlighting the wisdom of 3 Black women leaders: LaShawnna Harris, Sabrina Moore, and Kai Mathews. All three are […]

Partner Profile: San Francisco Unified School District

Partner Profile: San Francisco Unified School District

SFUSD has been thrilled to partner with Envision Learning Partners these past three years to operationalize our district’s Graduate Profile and begin developing a performance assessment system that is more aligned to our Profile and measures more of what we want for our young people. We are striving to have demonstrations of learning happen systematically […]

I am ELP: Justin Wells, Executive Director

I am ELP: Justin Wells, Executive Director

Although I have a title of Executive Director (privileged to do work I love with people who inspire me), I still call myself a teacher. I have always been, and remain, completely in thrall to the process of human learning. Back in 2008, in my sixth year as an English teacher for Envision Schools, I […]

A Parent’s Reflection on the Driver’s Test Analogy

A Parent’s Reflection on the Driver’s Test Analogy

Here at Envision, we frequently use the Driver’s License Test analogy to talk about Performance Assessment: it is a clear and familiar example of showing you are ready for a momentous next step by demonstrating what you are able to do (drive) with what you know (driving rules and regulations). As a mom, I recently […]

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