Candidate Admission Portfolio
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I. Designing a Portfolio:
A portfolio is a subjective compilation of materials displaying a teacher’s talents and proficiencies, and demonstrating the teacher’s knowledge and skills, both in the classroom and elsewhere. What is included in a portfolio depends upon the teacher answering the question, “What am I trying to tell the reader about myself?” Before beginning your portfolio, begin planning by thinking about the purpose and the audience. For the purposes of this portfolio, the applicant should attempt to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experiences that the applicant has had that are preparing the applicant to prepare for the role of an administrator—a leader in the 21st century. Reflecting on the purpose and audience can assist in determining the best way to develop your portfolio.
Your claims about your experiences, knowledge, and skills will be most convincing to the evaluators when they are supported by documentation from a variety of sources. Much of the material and data that can be used are regularly gathered by teachers and administrators, which makes constructing this section of your application less daunting than it might at first seem. Useful evidence can take many forms and should be carefully selected and presented. Your portfolio should be well organized, easy to read and understand, and look professional. It is important to spend some time deciding how to organize and present the data the applicant has gathered. The applicant might ask himself/herself, “Have I selected, organized, and presented the data in a way that brings the most compelling evidence into focus for the evaluator? Does each piece of evidence serve a purpose, supporting a claim made about teaching, service, or administrative experiences I want to demonstrate?” Does the portfolio give the evaluator a sense of who you are? Your goals? Your intent to be an administrator and leader?
Remember, this document is a visual record of your accomplishments, achievements, strengths, and experiences. It is a reflective summarization of your career to date and a statement of your intent to continue to advance to your desired goal in administration.
Your portfolio submission is restricted to a 1 1/2” three-ring binder or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. What might be included?
- Letter of application for the appropriate program*
- Three letters of recommendation (2 from a supervising administrator, 1 candidate
- Statement of goals*
- Current resume including name, mailing address, phone number, email address and social security number *
- Copies of Teaching Certificates*
- Copies of documentation of Professional Development activities: graduate classes, seminars, continuing education, workshops, in-service certificates. Demonstrate your continuing education and creativity.*
- School and/or District Activities/Projects: letters of appreciation, evidence of committee work.
- Copies of Honors/Awards
- Statement of philosophy of education (limited to 1 typed page, 12 font)*
- A description of the classes taught recently: an outline of teaching area/areas, grade level(s), class content, teaching style*
- Example(s) of student work*
- Copies of recent lesson and unit plans and the assessment(s) used
- Examples of Assessment Techniques
- Student Comments and Parent Letters
- Evidence of Reflections on Good Teaching Practices
- Technology uses/involvement/abilities
- Peer observations, comments, letters of commendations
- Teaching evaluation comments, administrator comments
- Special skills: languages, music, art, other
- Community service: volunteer work, leadership roles, service organizations
- Involvement in professional organizations
*These entries must be included in your portfolio.
Thank you for your portfolio submission. The faculty will evaluate your portfolio using a scoring rubric. This score will become part of your overall rating for your application. The following areas will be assessed:
- Structure of the Portfolio
- Teaching Concepts and Content
- Professional Growth and Development Over Time
- Leadership Activities, Behavior, and Experiences