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Literacy Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom LIASCD Fall Conference 2009. Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD Valerie Vacchio – District Supervisor of ELA Christine Bartell – Literacy Coach, K-2 Tracy Zambelli – Literacy Coach, 3-6.

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literacy portfolios in the elementary classroom liascd fall conference 2009

Literacy Portfolios in the Elementary ClassroomLIASCD Fall Conference2009

Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD

Valerie Vacchio – District Supervisor of ELA

Christine Bartell – Literacy Coach, K-2

Tracy Zambelli – Literacy Coach, 3-6

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“Inspect what you expect!”Devoting time to what you care about the most…establishing and remaining true to your priorities
what is a literacy portfolio
What is a literacy portfolio?

A literacy portfolio is

a collection of artifacts

which demonstrates a student’s growth

in reading and writing.

our beliefs about literacy portfolios
Our Beliefs About Literacy Portfolios:
  • Improving learning and teaching is at the heart of the portfolio process.
  • Teachers talk about portfolios with a variety of audiences.
  • The portfolio process is woven into daily classroom life.
  • The portfolio process celebrates student accomplishments by thoughtfully describing the learner.
purposes for literacy portfolios
Purposes for Literacy Portfolios:
  • Track student performance
  • Differentiate literacy instruction
  • Communicate student progress with the school community
  • Ensure consistency across grade levels and schools
  • Hold teachers accountable
what does a literacy portfolio contain in grades 1 5
What does a literacy portfolio contain in grades 1-5?
  • Individualized reading and writing goals
  • Spelling inventories
  • Word identification assessments
  • Copies of published writing pieces from each unit of study
  • Narrative writing assessments
  • Formal running records
  • Record of reading progress
how does the portfolio look in kindergarten
How does the portfolio look in kindergarten?

In addition to the portfolio components for grades 1-5, kindergarten portfolios include:

  • Letter-sound recognition assessment
  • Rhyming assessment
  • Self-portraits
  • A/B reading behaviors assessment
  • Concepts of print assessment
our vision for 6 th grade portfolios
Our Vision for 6th Grade Portfolios:
  • Used as a reflective tool by students
  • Students select contents that demonstrate literacy learning
  • “Portfolio Reflection” days are scheduled for student selections
6 th grade portfolio contents
6th Grade Portfolio Contents:

In addition to the portfolio components for grades 1-5, the 6th grade portfolios include:

READING

  • Conference notes
  • Reading responses and notebook entries
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WRITING:

Published works which demonstrate

the following:

  • Genre accomplishments
  • Control of conventions
  • Understanding of the writing process
  • Best work
implementation
Implementation:

September Superintendent’s Conference Day:

  • Grade Level teacher meetings
  • Written overviews and checklists
  • Distribution of supplies and materials
reflection action what happens on collection days
Reflection & Action: What happens on collection days?

Who:Principal, ELA Supervisor, and Literacy Coach

What:Note student progress and discuss intervention for students below

standards

Where:Principal’s office

When:Three times per year

(December, March and June)

communication
Communication:

Meetings with:

  • Individual teachers
  • Parents
  • Current and future teachers
  • Support service providers
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“Portfolios don’t change evaluation per se; they only open up the possibilities. If you don’t look with new eyes, you see the same old thing.” --Jerry Harste

final thoughts
Final Thoughts:
  • Portfolios require substantial effort, but the rewards are great.
  • Teachers can easily see how successful their students have been throughout the year.
  • Portfolios can be sent to the next grade level so that colleagues can immediately assess the strengths and needs of incoming students.
contact information
Contact Information:

Valerie Vacchio:

[email protected]

Christine Bartell:

[email protected]

Tracy Zambelli:

[email protected]

We’d love to hear from you!

thank you

Thank you!

What questions and suggestions do you have?

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