Read the latest stories from Envision’s students, teachers, schools and partners!
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.
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!
The 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.
DESIGN STUDIO DATES AND LOCATIONS
Friday, May 13, 2016 at Impact Academy, FULL: NO SPOTS LEFT Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Envision AcademyFULL: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code.
Last night, the Hayward Unified School District Board of Supervisors voted on and approved Impact Academy’s Charter Renewal, including our exciting expansion into middle grades; the vote was 4-0 in favor!
We can’t wait to welcome Impact Academy 7th graders to our Hayward campus this fall!
We are honored to announce and welcome our first Deeper Learning Leadership Forum members!
Thank you to everyone who applied to join the inaugural cohort; we are heartened by so much strong interest in educational equity and how Deeper Learning can transform education for all. After an extensive interview and review process, we have selected fourteen dynamic and diverse education leaders to kick off the Forum’s work and impact. We are so excited about the amazing talent in this group: it is filled with individuals with a track record for success, a deep commitment to equity and deeper learning, and an excitement for learning. Read more and meet the cohort by clicking here.
Dear Friends of Envision,
Today, Envision Education is announcing two changes in its leadership. First, Dr. Rick Lear, who joined Envision a little over a year ago as the Interim Executive Director of EnvisionLearning Partners, is retiring; his time with ELP has been, as expected, successful, productive, and immensely enjoyable. It is with the deepest gratitude that we wish him well as he now reaps the rewards of a long career spent helping students and schools continually improve, grow, learn and transform. Thanks to his leadership and vision, ELP is poised for continued success. We are also happy and grateful that Rick will continue to work with us as a consultant in the coming year; the organization will continue to benefit from his experience and friendship.
And second, after a thorough and extensive internal and external search for ELP’s next Executive Director, the organization is happy to announce that Ben Kornell, current Chief Operating Officer, has accepted the position; he takes the reigns of ELP as of today. Ben joined Envision a little over two years ago; as COO, he has been instrumental in shaping Envision‘s strategic plan and restructuring the organization, working closely with both ELP and Envision Schools in the process. Envision is stronger today because of his energy and efforts.
Envision‘s Board of Directors is enthusiastic about Ben’s selection. “The board is pleased to have Ben assume leadership of Envision Learning Partners,” said Parker Blackman, Board Chairman. “He has a proven track record of strong leadership and a keen understanding of what schools need to do to truly serve all students. The board is looking forward to having him at the helm of ELP and watching him guide our partner schools to ever stronger student outcomes.”
Becoming ELP’s Executive Director is both a step forward for Ben and a return to his roots, as he began his career as a middle school project-based learning teacher in San Jose. Ben will bring his expertise as an experienced educator and as a business leader to the job of growing ELP’s impact. Gia Truong, Envision‘s CEO, is excited about this new role for Ben: “With Ben’s talents and experience, as well as his commitment to and passion for equity and deeper learning, I’m sure ELP will impact more students and educators in the years ahead. And since he’s already an integral part of our organization, we anticipate a smooth transition.”
Ben is eager to step into his new role: “I am thrilled to take on this position for and with Envisionand incredibly grateful to Rick, who has been instrumental in defining and building out the core product of Envision‘s Portfolio Defense system. With this foundation and a team of all-star project-based learning educators, ELP is poised for growth in service of kids and districts across the country!”
Envision Learning Partners is looking forward to a bright and productive 2016 and beyond, and to sharing the journey with our friends and supporters. Please join us in wishing Rick Lear the best and in congratulating Ben Kornell on his new role!
This past Wednesday at Yoshi’s in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Envision hosted its 2nd annual fundraiser, An Evening with Envision, bringing together our friends, supporters, teachers and students for a night to celebrate our accomplishments and bolster our future.
While enjoying incredible Yoshi’s cuisine and jazz from the Marty Williams Trio, our guests had the opportunity to talk with Student Ambassadors from all three of our schools who spoke powerfully about Envision: these students were far and away the highlight of the evening. Speakers for the evening included Brian, from our Students of Envision series. Brian took to the podium to share his personal story of transformation. He demonstrated beautifully just how much of a difference a great education can make:
Strong Start! Ring in the 2015-16 school year with the latest news from Envision Education and a letter from CEO Gia Truong.