30th National Conference for Paraprofessionals San Antonio, Texas Paraeducator Portfolios Planning for Success Suzanne Koprowski Carol A. LongWaukasha County Technical College Winona State University Pewaukee, Wisconsin Winona, Minnesota
Presentation Objectives Present portfolio development process Suggest alignment structures Give ideas for artifacts to document qualifications Provide process for reflection
Portfolio Assessment A performance assessment ofobservable evidence or products completed by an individual over time.
Characteristics Ownership-work belongs to paraeducator; each is unique Developmental-ongoing and updated Choice-paraeducator’s opinion counts Sharing and celebrating-appreciate each other’s work
Purpose Display development Encourage dialogue & of knowledge & collaboration skills Evidence for retention Display range of Evidence for knowledge & skills advancement/career Reflect on ladder professional Professional activity development Personal satisfaction
“Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” Woody Allen
Teaching Vision Statement Carol A. LongTo provide classes which encourage the professionaldevelopment of students through: •modeling caring, civil, and respectful interactions, •accommodating differing learning styles, •encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning, •facilitating the acquisition of knowledge and skills through active learning, •providing information that is current, complete and best practice, and •honoring diversity and appreciating creativity.
How to Begin? Brainstorm:What are my strengths?
Gather Evidence of Knowledge & SkillsProfessional Conference Artifacts, work Philosophylicenses or brochures samples statementdiplomasHigher education Letters, references, Pictures of Evaluations orprogram recommendations learning centers, feedbackbrochures materialsCertificates of Personal notes of Pictures of Reflectionstraining appreciation classroom displays
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryan
How to Organize? Physical Properties Three-ring binders Document protector sheets Heavy stock paper Divider tabs
How to Format? What Content?Varies according to the purpose ofthe portfolio for example,interview, evaluation, licensure, orhigher education requirements
Alignment Structure State standards or competencies No Child Left Behind Preparation program standards or outcomes Professional organization standards District/personal goals Evaluation criteria Student IEP goals
Portfolio Components1. Introduction 2. Official Records Personal Statement Diploma Resume Transcript Letters of License reference/ recommendation Acquired skills list Vision Statement
Components Continued3. Professional 4. Personal Philosophy Development Statements Formal training Characteristics of an Professional effective affiliations paraeducator Philosophies – education, reading, classroom management
Components Continued5. Work 6. Work service Samples/Artifacts 7. Honors, awards, or Photographs recognitions Videos 8. Professional Coursework artifacts evaluations Actual documents or forms 9. Personals Technology 10. Goal statements 11. Other
NCLB Assisting with teaching reading. Assisting with teaching writing. Assisting with teaching mathematics.
NCLB “Highly Qualified” Artifacts Reading/Writing/Mathematics Samples Lesson plan reflection Examples of corrective feedback related to student writing Graphic organizer used to reinforce math concept
Reflectionrequires looking at information, consideringevents, studying what happened, & drawingconclusions to make changes in practice.