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ERIC Number: ED411313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-24
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Portfolios: A Catalyst for a Collaborative Work Culture.
Hill, Flo H.; Lofton, Glenda G.; Newman, Glenda
In 1993-94, Louisiana began implementation of a new personnel evaluation plan that emphasized professional development. A decision was made to explore the use of a professional portfolio for each certified employee of the school system of Livingston Parish. The portfolio process was implemented in all the district's schools, but this report focuses on a qualitative 2-year examination of its implementation in one rural elementary school (grades 3-5) with 23 teachers. It was evident that these teachers' portfolios could be classified along a continuum of meaningful experiences ranging from a scrapbook product to a more reflective process piece. It was apparent that it was the quality of the activity and not the quantity of activities that enhanced the process of instructional supervision. For the portfolio to be a useful tool, the focus needed to be on selection rather than collection. Assessment of the items included in the portfolio promoted discussion and professional growth rather than simply credentialism. The more process-oriented the portfolios, the greater the collaboration and collegiality among individuals. In addition, the more involved the faculty became in developing individual portfolios, the more value was placed on the collaborative culture of the school. Two appendixes contain the teacher self-evaluation form and the professional growth evaluation form from the teacher assessment. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana