Why Portfolios and other Demonstrations of Learning?
At schools that anchor in portfolios or other demonstrations of learning:
Students are provided with time, space and support to set goals, assess learning, track progress and present their growth. Students present a purposeful body of evidence that shows effort, progress and achievement over time, including reflection on their learning journey.
Students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning.
The community builds a culture of critique and revision, iteration and revision, performance assessment alongside summative assessments - anchoring in portfolios as a means of focusing on student independence, student agency and students as learning partners.
Portfolios and other Demonstrations of Learning Shift Practice from Transactional to Transformative
- Instead of “right/wrong” or “they did/they didn’t” ⟶ where do we see “evidence of”..
- Instead of “did they complete it?” -⟶“what did they learn?”
- Instead of artifacts as the driver ⟶ development of skills and competences as the driver
- Instead of showcasing perfect products ⟶ showcasing process and products as evidence of growth/learning
- Instead of discrete skills as focus ⟶ Graduate Profile competencies as focus
Driving Questions for this PLC
How might we utilize DoL/portfolios to provide opportunities for students to explore and become who they want to be in the world?
How might we utilize DoL/portfolios to provide a tangible pathway to bring the goals of Deeper Learning to life, enabling students to embody and progress toward the Graduate Profile competencies?
Demonstration of Learning Videos
Demonstration of Learning Across Grade Levels
Compilation of demonstrations of learning across grade levels
Station-based Student-Led Conferences
Portfolios and station-based student-led conferences in kindergarten (6 min - watch all)
4th Grade Portfolio Reflection
4th Grade SFUSD class reflects on writing portfolios (watch 17:10-19:40) - Brenda Douville, 4th G, Lau
5th Grade Portfolio Presentation
Jefferson County 5th Grade Portfolio Presentations (2:35 total - watch all - presentations montage)
Elementary School Portfolio Presentation
Shelby Elementary School Portfolio Presentation (1:55 total - watch all - student reflects)
Washington High School Portfolio Showcase
SFUSD’s Washington HS reflecting on their Digital Portfolio Showcase (2:38 total - watch all)
6th Grade Portfolio Montage
6th Grade Portfolio Montage (Ron Berger; watch 8:27-11:00 - focus on sharing work/learning)
Ongoing Reflection Activities That Make Portfolios Powerful
- Session 2 Agenda
- Session 2 Resources
A selection of reflection activities to consider
- Utilizing ongoing reflection routines with students
- Supporting students to set, track and assess goals
- Opportunities for students to give and receive critique
- Session 3 Agenda
- Session 3 Resources
- Practice sharing from our PLC On Step Zero
- Sheridan’s Goal setting, reflecting, and feedback processes video and accompanying slides
- Peabody’s Narrative Stories reflection for students on work for SLCs video and student work sample
- Webster’s portfolio introduction to students video
- Peabody SLC Overview video
- A conversation on the role of reflection video
A musing on just starting something video
Session 4 Resources
- Review: One school’s overview portfolio system snapshot
- Build your school or team snapshot
- Sheridan Student-Led Conference Video:
- Create your own template OR
- Customize this template on CANVA
- Go to this editable link (DO NOT EDIT THIS ORIGINAL!)
- Go to “FILE” and then “MAKE A COPY”
- Now you can customize the tool for your team or school!
This page was last updated on June 28, 2022