March 2022 Upcoming Events & Announcements

Big-Picture and Fine-Grained

Cautiously, things are opening up. ELP has a growing number of dates on the calendar for in-person service. We are about to attend our first conference since the pandemic began. We look forward to seeing many of you at Deeper Learning 2022 in San Diego next week. (Read below to learn about ELP’s offerings at the conference.)
It’s a good moment to be reminded that performance assessment system building is both big-picture and fine-grained. It’s the highly visible work of establishing a district-wide graduate profile; it’s also the more subtle work of ensuring that science tasks are as standards aligned and culturally responsive as possible. Depending on where there is energy and opportunity, a learning community can toggle between levels and still be making progress. 
Whatever level of the system you are ready to work on, we’re working to ensure that relevant ELP support is right around the corner. If you don’t see it on the calendar, reach out to us anyway. It’s likely we can meet your needs on short notice.
In community,

Building a Great Performance Assessment Workshop Series

Back by popular demand! Teachers know that the best assessments not only capture our students’ brilliance but also enable learners to see their progress. In this three-part workshop, you will learn the principles of high-quality assessment and apply them to the design of a task that aligns to your desired outcomes and provides evidence of your students’ learning. By the end of the workshop you will have an assessment that is ready to implement in your classroom.
This workshop series is facilitated by ELP Assessment Design Partner, Soraya Ramos and ELP Executive Director, Justin Wells.
  • Session #1: Wednesday, April 20th, 12:00pm-2:00pm PT (3:00-5:00pm ET)
  • Session #2: Wednesday, April 27th, 12:00pm-2:00pm PT (3:00-5:00pm ET)
  • Session #3: Wednesday, May 4th, 12:00pm-2:00pm PT (3:00-5:00pm ET)
Click here for more details and to get your team registered.

Join us in April’s ELP Lounge!

We’re excited to announce our first ever ELP Lounge Guest: Trevor Gardner! Trevor is an educator, consultant, author, and an ELP Deeper Learning Leadership Forum Alumni.
This special event will include time to connect with each other and feel free to come with wonderings about Trevor’s Guest Blog: Urgency, Patience, and the Cultivation of Hope. Plan to stop in and slow down to connect, share, learn, & heal. We can’t wait to see you.

Thursday, April 21st, 4:00-5:00pm PT (7:00-8:00pm ET)

Click here to grab your free ticket and let us know you’re coming!

Deeper Learning Conference 2022

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you virtually and in-person next week! Here is the official line up of ELP’s sessions:

Don’t Do Too Much with Josette Neal-De-Stanton: How to make culturally responsive practice and DEI authentically enhance your science assessments. 

  • Tuesday, March 29th ⋅ 4:30 – 6:00pm PT (in-person)
  • Thursday, March 31st ⋅ 9:45 – 11:15am PT (in-person)

This workshop will dive into the importance of incorporating culturally responsive practice and DEI authentically into your classroom! Going beyond adding a trendy handshake or latest song into a presentation, we will be looking into how we use these definitions and principles to create science assessments that are engaging to all demographics, particularly targeting your most disengaged students. Far too often we overthink how to incorporate culture into science, but it is easier than you think, and doesn’t have to involve embarrassment as you fumble to remember the lyrics to a Top 20 song to make a “cultural connection.”


Designed to Thrive with Alcine Mumby & Abby Benedetto: Creating High Quality Performance Assessments That Enable Marginalized Learners to Thrive.

  • Wednesday, March 30th ⋅ 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM PT (virtual)

Participants will explore the different features of high-quality performance assessment (HQPA) and design a prototype of a performance assessment experience that provides evidence of student learning/thinking in essential competencies. The session concludes with participants iterating on that prototype after centering the lived experience of a marginalized student your system may serve and reflecting on the changes needed to ensure that ALL students thrive in their performance assessment system.


Making Good On Our Promises with Justin Wells & Soraya Ramos: Designing A High Quality Performance Assessment System.

  • Wednesday, March 30th ⋅ 10:30am – 4:00pm PT (in-person)

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop where participants will prototype a high-quality performance assessment (HQPA) aligned to deeper learning competencies. Learn the principles of high-quality assessment and apply them to the design of a task that aligns to your desired outcomes and provides evidence of your students’ learning. 


Virtual Den Talk with Vinci Daro: A conversation about modernizing mathematics: perspectives from the classroom and beyond.

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