July 2020 Events & Announcements

Where in the World is ELP?

ELP was in 44 cities across the country last year, take a look at the updated map on our new website homepage to see where we’ve been.

Virtual Portfolio Defenses

At the beginning of the current health crisis, ELP developed some resources for those pursuing virtual portfolio defenses. Now, we have an entire webpage dedicated to those tools, examples, and more.

ELP was proud to partner with the Learning Policy Institute and the Linked Learning Alliance to launch the “Defending Learning at a Distance” series, which presented opportunities to observe students’ virtual defenses of learning and engage in conversations with the inspiring students and educators who have remained committed to performance assessment despite school closures. There is still time to share your students’ stories, click here to find out more.

Did your school pilot virtual defenses this year? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to let us know how it went and what you would do differently next time.

Continued Support for the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum

ELP is proud to announce that we have received funding for three more years, which allows for two more cohorts of the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum! This generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will allow ELP to continue addressing issues of inequity in our school systems by bringing together leaders to define and unpack these challenges. For more information about the program and to meet our cohort members, click here.

Saying Goodbye

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to two ELPers, Director of Partnerships, Aragon Burlingham, and Alternative Assessments Coordinator and Coach, Theresa Morris.

  • Aragon, as ELP’s Director of Partnerships, was responsible for developing and growing our nationwide network of partners committed to Deeper Learning through our High Quality Performance Assessment. He focused on ELP’s growth, systems, and dedication to equity. Aragon will be joining CuriOdyssey, a science museum featuring exhibits, educational experiences, and wildlife, as Interim Executive Director. Click here to read CuriOdyssey’s press release.

  • Theresa has transitioned to independent consulting, and will continue her great work building capacity at the district level and state level to build performance assessment systems. We plan to partner with her where our work intersects, and will be cheering her on with her ongoing work in Texas, Ohio, and California (Antelope Valley, Los Angeles, Riverside, and beyond).

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