Exciting new partnerships in the deeper learning community of practice
The Amplified Labs team is excited and proud to announce three new strategic partnerships to help us engage and support powerful, existing communities of educator practice around Backpack for Google Drive — our student portfolio solution for 21st-century learning and school district transformation built to integrate seamlessly into Google Drive and Classroom.
With over 200 innovative school district members, and backed by the powerhouse national school improvement non-profit Battelle for Kids, EdLeader21 is the premiere network for educators implementing competencies like the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) into their systems.
When we discovered that multiple Backpack for Google Drive pilot adopter districts across a wide range of US states — San Francisco Unified (CA), Jefferson County (KY), Henderson County (KY), Marion County (KY), Frederick County (VA), Aptakisic-Tripp (IL), and Croton Harmon (NY) — have all independently engaged in their own flavor of the EdLeader21 Portrait of a Graduate district-wide transformation strategy, we realized that this powerful community of practice provides Superintendents and Chief Academic Officers a vital stakeholder engagement and planning toolkit for driving the scaled adoption 21st-century instructional models. This is precisely the kind of local-community-driven instructional and assessment systems transformation work that Backpack for Google Drive was built to operationalize in districts of any size.
Envision Learning Partners empowers school and district leaders to build a supportive culture of learning by designing systems of performance assessment that encourage students and teachers to learn and grow together. They believe this approach leads to greater equity in education—making sure every student has real choices and power over their own future.
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. With their recent merger with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), Envision helps districts design and implement rigorous, reliable systems for evaluating learning and providing actionable feedback that meet the unique needs of each student.
Envision Learning Partners offers training that makes it possible to change schools’ practices and results, and they partner closely with school and district leaders to transform the culture and school systems that support a higher level of college and career readiness. They do this by working 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. Envision’s work impacts more than 1,000+ educators in 50+ school networks, reaching more than 200,000 students.
We’re excited by the opportunity the partnership with Envision offers us as we build new district relationships, collaborate around the success of our shared Backpack for Google Drive customers — such as Jefferson County — and learn from Envision Learning’s deep expertise into ensuring the Backpack for Google drive supports a valid model for student performance assessment.
Amplified IT affirms our commitment to improving the education of children everywhere, by joining the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), a network of Battelle for Kids.
P21 is a network of businesses, organizations, and associations advocating and working to advance the mission of realizing the power and promise of 21st century learning for every child—in early learning, in school, and beyond school.
As the pioneers in this movement, champions of the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Communication,
Collaboration, and Creativity), and creators of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, P21 is the premier organization ensuring every child—without exception—experiences 21st century learning.
By partnering with P21, Amplified IT fosters the advancement of 21st century learning in six strategic areas: Research & Thought Leadership; Visioning & Strategy; Conferences & Events; Learning & Assessments; Human Capital; and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
“The members of P21 have been and will continue to play a key role in helping ensure that our children—all our children—develop a lifelong love of learning and are prepared to thrive in our ever-changing global workplace,” explained Karen Garza, President and CEO of Battelle for Kids.
If your district participates in another community of deeper learning or competency-based learning practice, or works with a partner organization whose strengths would complement Backpack for Google Drive, please have them reach out to us.
For a deep dive into the origin story of Backpack for Google Drive, and Amplified Labs’ journey to build tools that transform the way work gets done in schools, check out G Suite for EDU and the Quest to Take Deeper Learning to Scale, a (memoir style) blog post by Chief Product Officer, Andrew Stillman.
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About the Author:
Andrew lives in NYC and is best known for founding the CloudLab at the non-profit New Visions for Public Schools, where he led the technical development of Google-Apps-based data tools that were adopted in over 200 schools through NYC Department of Education school-reform initiatives. Andrew taught a range of STEM subjects for ten years in the public school classrooms of NYC, and was co-founder and assistant principal of NYC’s Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering. Andrew is a Google Certified Innovator and a Google Developer Expert. When Andrew isn’t coding and designing products, he can be found experimenting in the kitchen, riding his bike, and working on maker projects with his kids.