January 2020 Events



The Assessment for Learning Conference is next month! Below is a sneak peak at the ELP-lead sessions!

  • Let Us Count the Ways: Creatively Tackling the Logistics of Exhibition – Suzanne Malek – Wednesday, February 12 • 9:15am – 10:15am

  • It’s Elementary, My Dear!: Exhibition at the Elementary Level – Morgan Vien & Jeff Embleton – Wednesday, February 12 • 10:40am – 12:10pm

  • Creating Culminating Assessments Where ALL Students Thrive – Abby Benedetto & Alcine Mumby – Wednesday, February 12 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm

  • Show Don’t Tell: How to Design Capstone Experiences that Embody Your Learning Outcomes – Justin Wells – Wednesday, February 12 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm

  • Taking a Defense Process from Good to Great using Quality Criteria – Abby Benedetto – Thursday, February 13 • 9:30am – 11:00am



 Join ELP for the following sessions at the Deeper Learning Conference on March 25-27, 2020 in San Diego, CA!

  • “Deeper Assessment: Designing Equitable Performance Assessment Systems” Deep Dive – Alcine Mumby & Abby Benedetto

  • “A Catalyzing Experience: Working In Alliance Across Difference” Den – Alcine Mumby, Morgan Vien, Rachel Maida, & Courtney Katen

  • “We are Change-makers: Working at the intersection of Equity and Design” Den – the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum, Cohort 3

  • “Preparing Students to Build their Future: Developing and Measuring Design Thinking Mindsets” Deep Dive – Ruth Chung Wei & the Design Tech High School

  • “Hacking + Holonomy = Hardware” Deep Dive – Morgan Vien & Jeff Embleton from ASCEND



Observe an entire Portfolio Defense, learn how the model works, and reflect on how you can apply the concepts in your own context.The Portfolio Defense is the capstone activity of a whole-school performance assessment system.  It is the culmination of a student’s 4-year journey. Similar to a masters defense, students stand before a panel of peers, educators, and mentors to demonstrate — to the panel and to themselves — that they are ready to graduate and ready for a successful future.A Defense Design Studio consists of two parts:

  1. Observe a live student defense: watch a student defend their learning in front of a panel.

  2. Debrief – Talk with an Envision Learning Partners coach and fellow educators about how to translate this nationally-recognized assessment model to your own educational context.

Join ELP at our partner school’s DDS:

  • Bryan Adams High School – Dallas, TX – March 26 & 27, 2020

  • LAUSD – Linked Learning – Los Angeles, CA

    • March 20 – School for the Visual Arts and Humanities

    • April 21 – Los Angeles High School of the Arts

    • June 1 – Nightingale Middle School

Bay Area Envision Education DDS dates TBD.

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