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Expectations for Middle School Endorsement Capstone Portfolios

At the time of completion of the requirements for the Middle School endorsement, students will be required to prepare a capstone portfolio presentation. 

NOTE:  See "Resources" for details, rubric, and example template for Capstone Portfolios.

  • Throughout their coursework, students will receive feedback and assistance in developing their portfolio presentations.
  • Electronic portfolios must be submitted by the end of the students’ last required core class or field experience.
  • Presentations will include at least one activity/experience and reflection for each of the reading standards.
  • Students will clearly explain how the activity or experience addressed the standard and helped them gain skills and expertise in the standard.
  • If an activity is student participation in a meeting, workshop, or conference, students will explain how they applied this experience in regard to the content area standards.
  • The presentation will include specific key learnings from each activity or experience.
  • Artifacts or evidence will be provided for the activities/experiences (agenda, handout, chart, data, photos, etc.).
  • Students will select 3 “best work” examples from coursework to include in the presentation and describe which content area standards this project addressed as well as their key learnings.  These may be used as an artifact or in addition to the artifacts.
  • Portfolio presentations will include a discussion of three specific areas of growth that developed for them during the endorsement program, as well as goals for future growth in at least one area (standard).
  • Portfolios should be professional to the extent that they could be used for interviews for teaching or teacher leadership positions.

For more information, contact:

Norene Bunt, Assistant Professor/Program Specialist, at nabunt@viterbo.edu or 515-224-4811 / 888-235-2200