November 2019 Events & Announcements


ELP continues to have a strong presence at conferences all over the US in 19-20:

  • EdLeader21 conference last month in Houston, Texas. Our Executive Director, Justin Wells, facilitated a breakout session (with a district team from Springfield, MO) called Portrait to Performance with Portfolios.

  • iNACOL, also last month, in Palm Springs, California. Our Deeper Learning Coach, Abby Benedetto, delivered the latest version of ELP’s Grad Profile 101 workshop.

Upcoming conferences:

  • Assessment for Learning (February 2020) in San Diego, California, mentioned in this newsletter’s ED message. For the past three years, the educators and system leaders of the Assessment for Learning Project have been designing, learning, and innovating together to reimagine what’s possible for assessment. ELP will be hosting workshops throughout the conference focused on Student Exhibitions & Defense of Learning.



Each school year, ELP welcomes new education partners from across the country. Please join us in welcoming:

  • East Palo Alto Academy: ELP will be working with EPAA to synthesize a clear vision for their graduates and build teacher capacity to integrate projects with rigorous assessments of content standards and transferable skills.

  • Cleveland Metro Schools: ELP will be partnering with John Adams College & Career Academy to design a system of performance assessments that are aligned with their vision of a graduate and lead the graduating class of 2022 through Portfolio Defenses.

  • Davis Joint Unified School District: ELP will be prototyping “defense of learning” systems aligned to the Davis USD Graduate Profile and accelerating the implementation of these systems among a cohort of piloting schools in the district.

  • Fairfax County Public Schools: ELP will be assisting this innovative district with their student presentations of learning, providing feedback and an outside perspective.

  • Purdue Polytechnic High School: ELP will build on the strengths at Purdue to align a cohesive performance assessment system, culminating in a capstone portfolio and defense.

  • IL State Board of Ed: ELP worked with ISBE to identify and implement a project around needed resources, guidance, and support for Illinois to best understand how to provide competency-based education, performance-based assessment, and establish a shared culture of innovation to promote equity for all students. (This represents an opportunity for Illinois-based school districts, so please reach out to learn more.)


We are delighted to share that ConnectED and Envision Learning Partners are partnering with the San Diego Unified School District to enhance the integrated sequence of the Illustrative Mathematics high school curriculum. This work is funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation. In collaboration with our partners, we will leverage existing curriculum-embedded instructional resources and parent engagement approaches, elevating strategies that close achievement gaps for English Learners.


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