Envision Academy coach Jon Vinson says he has spent two decades doing something he is passionate about: coaching young kids to play basketball.
He insists it is a way to keep them disciplined, engaged and focused. That’s why he pays many of their basketball expenses out of his own pocket and raises money through donations and car washes. Recently, Amber Lee of KTVU caught up with Vinson after hearing that Uber and the Warriors had teamed up to honor the coach and his players by giving them tickets to the January 16th Warriors game against the Cleveland Cavaliers..
Watch the KTVU story here!
At Envision Education, we strive for high outcomes for all students, regardless of background. While this may seem like a commonplace statement, at least in national rhetoric, the achievement and opportunity gaps experienced by low-income students clearly demonstrate that as a culture, we have a long way to go to ensure that every student attends a school that develops him or her to the fullest extent. This means we are all faced with a challenge: how do we as educators ensure that every child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential?
Read more, in this post by Gia Truong, over on the Buck Institute for Education’s blog.
Classroom truth: what gets measured, gets done. Ben Kornell, Envision Learning Partners Executive Director talks about how performance assessments that measure critical deeper learning competencies can catalyze instruction that develops those competencies in students.
Read more over on Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog!
In her second Education Week post this week, Gia describes HOW Envision helped recent graduate Robert develop agency and prepare for college success. Spoiler! It’s all about strong relationships, strong culture, and strong projects to learn from.
Read more here.
“Middle- and upper-income families are rarely, if ever, asked to choose between strong skills or strong projects. They do not have to pick between developing core reading and math skills and developing strong critical thinking and communication skills. They rightly expect their children to have access to both. And we, along with many of our colleagues around the country, feel strongly that low-income families shouldn’t have to choose either.”
In her latest post on Learning Deeply, the Education Week blog on all things Deeper Learning, Gia Truong talks about how important #AGENCY is for all students. Agency is the ability to take ownership of one’s learning, to be empowered to grow and develop, to be responsible for one’s goals and progress, and it’s what students need, in order to unlock their power and potential.
Read her post about one Envision student, Robert, and how agency made the difference for him.
On May 23, 2016, KQED’s education blog, MindShift, featured Envision Senior Spencer Gowin giving his College Success Portfolio Defense in a Facebook Live event! The real time excitement of watching Spencer demonstrate why he’s ready for college this fall was tremendous. Thank you to everyone who watched live, cheered Spencer on, and celebrated when his defense panel announced that he had passed with distinction!
If you missed it, don’t worry: it will be archived on the MindShift Facebook page and you can head over there and watch anytime by clicking the photo or the link above.
Spencer’s presentation is a great example of the Envision Portfolio Defense model in action. In a defense, students must show that they have mastered academic content, learned core academic competencies (like inquiry and research), and acquired key leadership skills (like communication and collaboration). In Spencer’s case, he did so with flying colors and now gets to get ready to walk across the stage at graduation and head to UC Berkeley in the fall! Congratulations Spencer!
Impact Academy is one of 15 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that is educating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds fairly and equally, according to a new report from Innovate Public Schools and Great Schools.
Across the U.S., there’s a large achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers. But some schools, like Envision’s Hayward campus, break the mold, preparing all kids to succeed after high school. At Impact, students from low-income families score higher on state tests, graduate at higher rates and, upon graduation, have completed the requirements needed to enter the University of California or California State University.
Kudos to the teachers, students, and families of Impact Academy!
Read more here.
“A young man in a suit rises and stands before a panel.
For an hour, he walks through the challenges he faced in his past four years of study and how he took them on. He goes in-depth in explaining his academic work, including graphing parabolic functions and research into federalism in American politics and presents his digital media portfolio, fielding tough questions throughout.
He isn’t presenting his college thesis – he’s a senior at Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward and he’s presenting his final portfolio defense.”
Following its recent recognition by Innovate Public Schools (IPS) as the only high school in the Bay Area where low-income African American students are exceeding statewide averages on math and ELA standards, Impact Academy is now being feature on IPS’s website as an example of a school characterized by strong relationships, high expectations, and a robust college-going culture. We’re thrilled that our Hayward teachers and students are receiving this recognition for their hard work and dedication!
Read the full profile here!
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Sophomore student Haley, on what it’s like to go to Envision Academy: “At Envision, my teachers are not only my educators, but people I trust and respect,” said Haley. “They’ve become my second family.”
Envision Academy is featured this month in the Member Spotlight on the California Charter School Association’s website. With insights from Haley as well as Principal Laura Robell and teacher Catherine MacDonald, the article highlights Envision’s Portfolio & Defense model and strong college-going culture, as well as the benefits of our Advisory Structure. Click here to read more about how personalized learning is the key to EA’s success!