Envisioners enjoyed paella and each other’s company this past Friday night at our annual Holiday party at Venga Paella in Oakland.  We’re so lucky to have this community of friends and colleagues, united in our mission to prepare students for college success! These are the people who make it happen every day.  #ThankATeacher

We’re ready for the second half of the year: bring on Portfolio Defense season!


You’re invited! To a truly fabulous night of dinner, drinks and dancing, at the world famous Yoshi’s night spot in Oakland’s Jack London Square.  Get your tickets here!


2016 Event Banner for EventBrite


This special night brings together Envision supporters and friends with Envision teachers and students, to celebrate our students’ success and generate excitement for our future.  It’s definitely the party not to miss this fall!


#ewe2016 #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom




Design Studios in Hayward and Oakland are full, but you can still get in at our San Francisco school!  Click here to register now!

Come and spend the day with Envision students and staff at a Defense Design Studio, hosted by Envision Learning Partners; experience a real, high stakes student defense presentation for yourself!

Defense-Design-2016The College Success Portfolio Defense is the capstone activity for our students, four years of knowing, doing, and reflecting all pulled into one place and one moment. It is the final inquiry, the final essential question, the final exhibition: a culmination of four years of work. Akin to a dissertation defense or professional presentation, students stand before a panel of their peers, adult educators, and mentors to demonstrate the depth of their knowing, doing, and reflecting as evidenced by their academic work and self-reflection.

At this full day studio, facilitated by Envision Learning Partners, you’ll learn about what it means to participate in Performance Assessment at Envision schools.  You’ll observe an entire Portfolio Defense, by a 10th or a 12th grader.  And you’ll process and discuss what you saw, and connect it to your own educational context or teaching practice.


  • Friday, May 13, 2016 at Impact AcademyFULL: NO SPOTS LEFT
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Envision Academy  FULL: NO SPOTS LEFT
  • STILL OPEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at City Arts & Tech High School,
    325 La Grande Ave, San Francisco CA | REGISTER

TIME for all Defense Design Studios: 8:30AM (light breakfast), 9AM-4PM

CLIENT DISCOUNT: 30% discount for existing ELP clients; contact for the discount code.

Download the 2016 DDS Flyer.
Watch a video of Envision Defenses.

QUESTIONS: Email or call Rachel Maida, Program Manager at or 510-451-2415 ext. 156.


Bay Area teachers!

Happy Hour BannerPlease join Envision Education, Education For Change, Leadership Public Schools, and KIPP Bay Area Schools for a networking happy hour to learn about our schools and career opportunities!


RSVP by clicking here.
Thursday, March 24 | 4:30–7:00pm
at Cerruti Cellars | 100 Webster Street, Oakland ca 94607

ENJOY appetizers and drinks.
LEARN about our schools.
MEET & MINGLE with school leaders and teachers from Envision Education, Education For Change, KIPP Bay Area Schools, and Leadership Public Schools.

Together, our organizations support 25 schools in the bay area!  We are looking forward to meeting local educators committed to serving urban youth and getting kids to college.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

Transforming Schools: The book is out!

BookCoverWe are thrilled to announce that Transforming Schools Using Project-based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards — a new book from Envision’s co-founder Bob Lenz, with Justin Wells and Sally Kingston — was published today, January 27, 2015! Many years and classrooms in the making, this book shares the how, why, what, and who of transforming a school so that students reap real rewards, in the form of successful preparation for college, career, and life.


Transforming Schools includes:

  • A companion DVD and website with videos showing how to put in place deeper learning strategies in the classroom.
  • Evidence-based descriptions of why deeper learning is right for students.
  • An extensive game plan section with step-by-step guidance for change.
  • and more!

The world is changing; too many schools are not keeping up.  This book describes schools that are responsive to what students need to be prepared for 21st century college, career, and citizenship.

Envision Student Art On Display at SF City Hall

MuralSF Supervisor John Avalos is hosting a public reception for young artists from Envision’s San Francisco school, City Arts & Technology High School, and from the Youth Art Exchange.  Come see their murals, hanging in Sup. Avalos’ office, and meet the artists!  This Friday, Jan. 23, 5-7pm, Room 273 at SF City Hall.

View the invitation here. Come join us and celebrate these amazing young artists!