Envision Learning Partners (ELP) works with progressive teachers and leaders to transform the educational experience for students across the country. We help schools and districts develop engaged, well-prepared learners and create vibrant college-going school cultures.
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Envision Learning Partners was created in 2010 to bring Envision Schools’ unique and effective approach to transforming student learning to schools and districts across the country. As Envision Education’s consulting and training division, Envision Learning Partners works with a broad range of district and charter schools to increase the number of students that are truly prepared for success in college, career and life.
We offer training, tools and technology that make it possible to change schools’ practices and results, and we partner closely with school and district leaders to transform the culture and school systems that support a higher level of college and career readiness. By the end of this school year, we will have worked with more than 800 teachers and leaders in more than 20 school networks, impacting the learning of at least 82,500 students.
School transformation is not an overnight process, so we prefer to collaborate with schools and districts over a minimum of one school year to provide:
- Summer training institute on teaching, learning and assessment practices for all teachers and leaders.
- Regular professional development and coaching throughout the school year for teachers and leaders to learn how to align curriculum and instruction to the student assessment system, structure ongoing professional development, and create a culture of revision to support student learning.
- Practical tools and technology that make it more manageable to adjust instruction and assessment.
- Ongoing support to help schools make the shift to teaching and measuring 21st Century Skills.
While the deepest, most sustainable results come from longer partnerships, we recognize that this is not feasible for all schools. As a result, we also offer time-limited professional development and coaching focused on such topics as performance assessment, aligned performance tasks, common rubrics, project-based learning, leadership and culture, and Common Core integration. Typically, these services are tailored specifically for your teachers and leaders based on a needs assessment.
Envision Learning Partners really taught my teachers how to do the “stuff.” It’s the best staff development I’ve been able to get for my academies. There’s nothing else like it out there. Our coach could see what we were doing. And then the next day, my email box was full of resources and her observations.
This year’s workshops have given me a template or blueprint for how to conceive of and implement performance-based learning. From the essential question to the rubric to the reflection, the competencies provide a through line for me as the teacher to develop a coherent and meaningful performance assessment.
As the founding English teacher of Envision’s first school, Justin helped develop Envision’s graduation portfolio and defense system. For six years, he led teacher teams in the design and implementation of semester-long, multi-disciplinary projects that drew recognition, media coverage, and research attention from ABC News, KQED, Stanford University, the Oracle Education Foundation, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Recently, Justin served as the associate research director for performance assessment at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), where, among other Common Core transition projects, he designed the prototype performance tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Justin recently co-authored, along with Bob Lenz and Sally Kingston, a new book about the Envision education model: Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards (Wiley, January 2015).
As a Deeper Learning Coach for Envision Learning Partners, Suzanne works with districts and schools across the country to design assessment systems to authentically measure the skills students for success in a rapidly changing world. Before joining ELP, she taught high school English and History at all grade levels, and spent several years as a lead teacher at an Envision school in its early days. At Envision, Suzanne developed project-based social studies curriculum for the network, contributed to the development of its advisory program and the 10th grade portfolio defense, and led teams of teachers to plan interdisciplinary projects that culminated in powerful exhibitions of student work.
We are forever indebted to Envision. You have made us great teachers.
You encouraged me to be reflective in EVERYTHING I was doing, which at times I DID NOT want to do, but in the end it made me a better teacher.
Who We Work With
Envision Learning Partners works with a broad range of schools, districts and charter school organizations to increase the number of students nationwide that are prepared for true success. We do this by partnering closely with school leaders to transform their cultures and practices to support a higher level of student learning that goes beyond the basics to the kinds of Deeper Learning skills that will equip them to earn college degrees, support families, contribute to their communities, and compete in the global economy.
We are proud to work with the following:
Arise High School, Oakland, CA
Arts and Humanities Academy, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MA
Community School for Creative Education, Oakland, CA
James Madison Elementary School, San Leandro, CA
Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Charter School, Waianae, HI
Kamaile Academy, Waianae, HI
Kupu Hou Academy (Mid-Pacific Institute) Honolulu, HI
La Tercera Elementary School, Petaluma, CA
Marin School of Environmental Leadership, San Rafael, CA
Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland, CA
Salmon Bay School, Seattle, WA
San Rafael High School, San Rafael, CA
SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability, Honolulu, HI
Stevenson Elementary School, Mountain View, CA