Professional Learning Opportunities

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ELP works with teachers and leaders to transform the educational experience for K-12 students across the country.  Centered on the Envision Portfolio Defense System, ELP helps schools develop engaged learners and create vibrant college-going school cultures.  Our coaches are experienced in supporting educators to help their students know content, demonstrate skills, and reflect on learning.  In addition to coaching and tools, ELP offers nine one-day professional learning workshops, listed below.

Contact Rachel at ELP for more information.


PROJECT-BASED LEARNING DESIGN (PBL) 

How can the effective use of project-based learning increase my students’ motivation, engagement, and achievement?

How we teach is as important as what we teach. This session takes you through the “what,” “so what,” and “now what” of PBL. We start by doing a project together, experiencing PBL as learners. You’ll then apply the techniques you’ve learned to the design of a project or performance assessment of your own, with the opportunity for peer feedback and revision.


ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

Am I teaching what I think I’m teaching? Are students learning what I intended them to learn? Do I need to change what I am teaching or the way I am teaching it?

Assessment is an essential part of instruction, as it informs both teacher and student of where they are in the learning process and whether the intended outcomes of learning are being met. In this session, learn—and experience—the strategies of assessment for learning, and plan how to implement them in your daily instruction.


THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT AND
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING 

How does performance assessment serve project-based learning (PBL)? How does PBL serve performance assessment?


Project-based learning and performance assessment are not synonymous, but they should be synergistic. In this design workshop, apply performance assessment thinking to sharpen the focus and boost the rigor of your project-based learning. Come with a project or performance task in mind–detailed or fuzzy–and collaborate with colleagues to make it better.


DESIGNING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS 

How do I design an assessment that effectively measures targeted skills?

College and career readiness is not just a measure of what a learner knows; more vitally, it’s about what a learner can do. And to measure what a learner can do, we need performance assessment (PA). In this workshop, you will become grounded in the principles of good PA design. You will leave the workshop having drafted a complete performance assessment that enacts and measures key academic skills.


PROJECT-BASED LEARNING DESIGN (PBL) 

How can the effective use of project-based learning increase my students’ motivation, engagement, and achievement?

How we teach is as important as what we teach. This session takes you through the “what,” “so what,” and “now what” of PBL. We start by doing a project together, experiencing PBL as learners. You’ll then apply the techniques you’ve learned to the design of a project or performance assessment of your own, with the opportunity for peer feedback and revision.


ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

Am I teaching what I think I’m teaching? Are students learning what I intended them to learn? Do I need to change what I am teaching or the way I am teaching it?

Assessment is an essential part of instruction, as it informs both teacher and student of where they are in the learning process and whether the intended outcomes of learning are being met. In this session, learn—and experience—the strategies of assessment for learning, and plan how to implement them in your daily instruction.


ASSESSING STUDENT WORK TOGETHER

How do we get a staff to see eye to eye in its judgment of students’ performance (and why is that important)?

A key to the success of any schoolwide performance assessment system is calibrating teachers on their evaluation of students’ work. In this session, learn and practice Envision’s techniques for using common rubrics and analyzing student work collaboratively. In this session, learn and practice Envision’s techniques for using common rubrics and analyzing student work collaboratively


DEFENSE DESIGN STUDIO

2016 Dates: May 13, 18 and 19 ONLY

What is a “defense of learning,” and how does it work at Envision Schools?

In a rite of passage that has come to define Envision Education, 10th and 12th grade students stand before a panel of teachers, mentors, and peers to argue their readiness to move on, supported by evidence of academic work and rigorous self-reflection. Learn the why and the how of portfolio-defense, observe Envision students giving real defenses at their schools, and consider the implications for school design.

ELP will provide a customized half-day follow-up for any school seeking more support for the design of its own portfolio-defense system at any grade level.


DESIGNING A GRADUATE PROFILE 

What should our students know and be able to do by the time they graduate?

More and more schools and districts are taking time to write a graduate profile—a statement describing what their students should know and be able to do before graduating. Such a concrete focus on the learner can galvanize a school’s progress and transform student identity in ways that mission statements and vision statements do not. In this workshop, your team will draft a graduate profile for your school or district, drawing from the best existing examples while still crafted for the uniqueness of your learning community.


DESIGNING A PORTFOLIO-DEFENSE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM 

How do you take aspirations of your school (often posted on the walls) and embody them in real—and measurable—student performances?

A powerful solution is portfolio-defense, which challenges students to assemble representative work and defend that work before a panel in a cumulative, authentic demonstration of learning. Gather a team of school leaders and teachers, and bring your graduate profile or your list of school or district learning outcomes. Your team will leave with a fully drafted plan for your own portfolio-defense system.


Contact Rachel at ELP for more information!