Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Create a portfolio based on INTASC and/or NYS teaching standards (AUTHENTIC LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE).
  2. Discuss the types, purpose, and importance of portfolio (KNOWLEDGE, COLLABORATION).
  3. Use the INTASC and/or NYS teaching standards as the foundation to build the portfolio (KNOWLEDGE, REFLECTION).
  4. Assemble and personalize a portfolio using existing and other generated artifacts (collect, select, and REFLECTION).
  5. Participate in a class-wide peer review process of the portfolios (PRACTICE, AUTHENTIC LEARNING, COLLABORATION).
  6. REFLECT upon the nature of the portfolio development process personally and professionally (AUTHENTIC LEARNING).
  7. Engage in conversation to understand the necessity of the mentoring process especially as it relates to the field of teaching, education, and SOCIAL JUSTICE (COLLABORATION, RELFECTION, LEADERSHIP).
  8. Brainstorm, research, and communicate findings of topics of interest related to professional growth and development (TECHNOLOGY, COLLABORATION, AUTHENTIC LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE).
  9. Collectively as a class, construct a rubric for the peer review after researching existing forms of assessment (COLLABORATION, ATHENTIC LEARNING, PRACTICE).
  10. Practice interviewing skills.
  11. Edit and revise the portfolio according to suggestions and comments following the peer review (REFLECTION, AUTHENTIC LEARNING).

Course Outline. The following topics will be addressed:

  1. Types and formats of portfolios
  2. Purpose of portfolios
  3. Portfolio performance-related standards (e.g., NBPTS, INTASC, NYS)
  4. The role of the portfolio during an interview
  5. Portfolio assessment/evaluation
  6. Professional education organizations across content areas
  7. The need for reflection and reflective pieces during portfolio development
  8. The need for an educational philosophy in a portfolio
  9. Ethical and legal issues in portfolio development
  10. Types of artifacts for display in a portfolio
  11. Organizations offering grant monies.
  12. Resume and cover letter creation
  13. Interviewing skills
  14. The role of mentoring
  15. Writing a grant proposal
  16. The need for professional presentation skills
  17. Searching and locating teaching positions
  18. Creating a portfolio-at-a-glance
  19. NYS certification procedures

Course Requirements. One or more the following will be required:

Regular attendance; active participation in class presentations, discussions, and other related activities; composition and submission of reflective entries related to readings and class discussions; small group presentation of professional development topic of interest; establishment of personal timeline with goals/objective to assist in the completion of the portfolio in a timely fashion; meeting and/or achieving set goals/objective (of timeline) at pre-designated dates during the semester; creation of a portfolio; participation in a peer review process; and presentation of final portfolio.

You also need to prepare one flash drive for this course.

Methods of Instruction. One or more of the following will be used:

Lecture, small and large group discussion, brainstorming sessions, problem solving, question and answer, and cooperative learning.

Means of Evaluation. Evaluation will be based on course objectives including the quality of class participation and written assignments.