Defense Design Studio 2017

Sign up for a 2017 Defense Design Studio!

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See for yourself what a culminating Performance Assessment moment looks like.

NEW FOR 2017:

DefenseDesignStudioThis year, we have expanded and are offering Defense Design Studios in five California cities. Pick from studio events in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward.

The Portfolio Defense is the capstone activity of a whole-school performance assessment system, pulling knowing, doing and reflecting into one place, into one moment.  It is the culmination of a student’s 4-year journey.  Similar to a masters defense or professional presentation, students stand before a panel of peers, educators, and mentors to demonstrate the depth of their knowing, doing, and reflecting as evidenced by their academic work and self-reflection.

A Defense Design Studio consists of two parts:

  1. Observe a live student defense: watch a student defend their learning in front of a panel.
  2. Debrief!  Talk with an Envision coach and fellow educators about how to translate this nationally-recognized assessment model to your own educational context

General Information:

  • Each Defense Design Studio session is $200 per person.  Existing clients receive a 30% discount; email for client discount registration code.
  • A lunch will be provided at each session. Please indicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions by emailing

Click on a registration button to sign up; see location and date choices below:

Register DDS Bay Area                            


All Bay Area dates, 12:30-5:00PM

  • May 12: Impact Academy | 2560 Darwin St., Hayward
  • May 17: Envision Academy | 1515 Webster St., Oakland
  • May 19: City Arts and Tech | 325 La Grande Ave, San Francisco



  • April 26: School of Engineering & Sciences | 7345 Gloria Drive |  12:00-5:00PM



  • March 7: STEM Academy of Hollywood | 1309 N Wilton Place | 12:00-4:30PM
  • April 19: School for the Visual Arts & Humanities | 701 S. Catalina Street | 12:30-5:00PM
  • May 24: Los Angeles High School of the Arts | 701 S. Catalina Street A414 | 8:00AM-12:30PM


Download the 2017 Defense Design Studio Flyer.


Want to learn more about Portfolio Defense?  Watch this video!