PLC: Demonstration of Learning

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

Session Resources

Session 1

Session 1 Agenda

Session 1 Resources

Session 2

  • Session 2 Agenda
  • Session 2 Resources
    • Videos highlighting formative assessment for learning practices across grade bands (both can be adapted K-8):

A selection of reflection activities to consider

  1. Utilizing ongoing reflection routines with students


  1. Supporting students to set, track and assess goals 


  1. Opportunities for students to give and receive critique

Feedback protocols such as T.A.G. feedback protocol; Two Stars and a Wish; I Like, I Wonder, Glows and Grows

Session 3

  • 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

Session 4 Agenda

Session 4 Resources

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This page was last updated on June 28, 2022