This  election is perhaps one of the most teachable moments in a decade, rife with possibilities for meaningful discussions and critical thinking.   How are you engaging your students in the conversation?  Envision Learning Partners can help!  Try Envision’s proven successful  Project Based Learning Election Unit, offering everything from daily lesson plans to unit outcomes to performance assessment rubrics.  Click here for Project-Based Learning election resources for your classroom.


GTruong_SO_2015Middle- 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.



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 info@envisionlearning.org for the discount code.

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

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


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 are pleased to share with our friends and supporters that Envision Education now officially includes a 6th-12th grade school in its network.  Impact Academy will begin our middle grade expansion by adding 7th grade in the fall of 2016, followed by 8th grade in 2017 and 6th grade in 2018.  In fact, we already have over 90 students ready to attend Impact for 7th grade.  Please join us in congratulating and thanking the entire Impact Academy community — teachers, students, parents and families — for their hard work and their dedication to making Impact middle grades a reality.  As a network, we have identified middle grade expansion as a key strategy for preparing even more students for college success, and with the Hayward USD approval, this process is officially underway!

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.

IMG_1669And 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:

3 - An Evening with Envision - October '15

On his plans for the future: Currently, I want to got to a 4-year college and major in psychology or sociology so that I can do something that will help people and make the world a better place.  I know that being a part of Envision Education will give me that opportunity. What I didn’t realize however, is how much Envision has prepared me for this journey. The leap I have made from where I was in 9th grade to where I am now in terms of work ethic, motivation, and the tools I need to be successful has been a bountiful leap.


And we are thrilled to announce that An Evening with Envision raised over $300,000, critical support for Envision’s schools, including our first ever middle school opening in Hayward in Fall of 2016.  Thank you so much to everyone who attended this wonderful party.  Your energy and enthusiasm filled the room, as well as our hearts.  With your help, we are well on our way to achieving our 2020 goals of 100% 4-year college acceptance and 90% college persistence: we can’t wait to share our success stories with you along the way!


Check this blog through the year for updates on Brian!