Do you work with or on behalf of young people? Do you believe education and learning systems should be aligned so every young person thrives? WE DO TOO!
Join EnvisionEdPlus in our effort to Re-envision Education so Every Youth Thrives. We provide customized consultation, program design, training and support aligned to our Four Tenets for Re-envisioning Education.
Our Design Process
EnvisionEdPlus will work with your team to design solutions that build on your strengths while meeting your needs. We embrace design thinking to keep us focused on results, flexible in our methods and strategic in every decision.
Four Tenets for Re-Envisioning Education
1. Every child will learn to think and innovate.
Traditionally, school reform has focused on improving teaching – not necessarily ensuring every student learns. To thrive in the future, youth must be able to think independently, critically and creatively. Educators must do more than teach – we must facilitate engaging learning experiences which move students beyond standards mastery to demonstrate they can transfer learning across disciplines and into their own lives.
2. Every child will have access to a comprehensive system of learning support, personalized to meet their needs (social, emotional, health/wellness, academic and family).
School reform promotes just-in-time interventions to provide students with extra support so they can achieve greater academic success. In addition, schools, social service and community organizations must coordinate services to offer the depth and breadth of support needed for every child to thrive. These services must include social, emotional, academic, health and wellness support for children and their families.
3. Educational systems will optimize learning opportunities for all children.
School reformers tinker with educational systems, believing academic outcomes will improve as systems become more efficient and effective. However, if the ultimate goal is for all children to thrive in an ever changing world, then all systems (instructional, human resource, financial, etc.) must be re-designed to meet this challenge. Systems must be flexibly designed and nimble, allowing for ongoing adaptations to meet the changing needs of children, the greater learning community and technological advancements.
4. PK-16 education, industry and community systems will forge mutually beneficial partnerships which forward one another’s missions so all organizations thrive in this changing world.
School reform encourages an expanded role of business and community within the school to improve educational outcomes. While this is a great first step, these relationships become tenuous because of financial hardship, leadership change or other outside forces. Re-envisioning education requires looking at partnerships through the lens of advancing each other’s mission, not only the immediate needs of schools and children. This strength-based approach promotes long term sustainability of each system and the partnership itself.
All too often, educational systems (traditional public, charter and private) are designed to honor the needs of the adults who run the systems instead of the children those systems serve. These same adults wring their hands, wonder why results do not improve or blame parents, media, teachers and poverty. To be clear, there is NOT one reform model that meets the needs of every child. There is not one system that works best to ensure every child experiences amazing learning every day. Each community has different strengths and challenges, and reforms which work in one community will not necessarily work in others.
The bottom line – if we want all children to have the skills they need to be healthy and successful contributors in the 21st century world we must teach them to think. To do this, we must re-invent the educational experiences children have every day – and keep adapting the systems to address new needs and integrate new technologies.