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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 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


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What is a literacy portfolio?

A literacy portfolio is

a collection of artifacts

which demonstrates a student’s growth

in reading and writing.


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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



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Implementation: Process

September Superintendent’s Conference Day:

  • Grade Level teacher meetings

  • Written overviews and checklists

  • Distribution of supplies and materials


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Reflection & Action: ProcessWhat 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)


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Communication: Process

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


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Final Thoughts: open up the possibilities. If you don’t look with new eyes, you see the same old thing.”

  • 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.


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Contact Information: open up the possibilities. If you don’t look with new eyes, you see the same old thing.”

Valerie Vacchio:

vvacchio@obenschools.org

Christine Bartell:

cbartell@obenschools.org

Tracy Zambelli:

tzambelli@obenschools.org

We’d love to hear from you!


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Thank you! open up the possibilities. If you don’t look with new eyes, you see the same old thing.”

What questions and suggestions do you have?