||EdVisions has a sixteen-year history of providing support to innovative schools, both new and already operating. We were initially established as a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Small High Schools initiative and later a member of the Alternative High Schools Initiative and the Hewlett Foundation's Deeper Learning Network. Our work originally grew out of the well-established and successful Minnesota New Country School in Henderson, Minnesota, one of the first and most innovative project-based learning high school models in the world. Avalon in St.Paul, Minnesota is another successful public charter school that utilizes the EdVisions’ model of self-directed learning and teacher leadership. In addition, EdVisions has a network of well-established innovative schools from which to draw expertise and experience as it continues to spread the model.