Preparing a Leader’s Portfolio for Attestation

All of us know the importance of the Academic Vice Principal’s work and how essential it is for the success of the educational process and the professional development of the staff in independent schools. To empower AVPs, some Academic Vice Principals have decided to form a forum for the Academic Vice Principals to exchange experience and knowledge. All Academic Vice Principals in Qatar are invited to join the Forum. A monthly meeting is held where volunteers give presentations on topics of mutual interest. I was lucky enough to give a presentation on School Self Review last month (second meeting for the forum).

This morning, Tuesday 17th April, 2012, the third meeting for the forum was held in my school (Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys). I was invited to give a presentation on preparing a leader’s portfolio.

The main objectives of the workshop that were achieved to a great extent were:

  • Identifying the different sections of a leader’s portfolio
  • Identifying the contents of each section
  • Displaying the new QORLA documents and how to use them
  • Naming evidences of practice for leaders
  • Applying for the Full Licence

The five sections or folders of a leader’s portfolio:

Section 1

This section includes your curriculum vitae as well as your personal statement or your educational philosophy.

Section 2

This is your self-audit (Self-Review).  It is a personal reflection on your progress in working with the national professional standards. In the light of the evidence guide bullet points for each standard, you identify your strengths, weaknesses and your plan for improvement.

Section 3

This section includes evaluation reports of your leadership practices prepared by an independent person.  It will most likely be a school evaluation report by the Principal of the school.

Section 4

This section includes copies of any awards, certificates and professional development evidence that are relevant to your leadership practice.

Section 5

This contains evidence of practice.  You must present seven folders of evidence that cover all seven standards. You need to fill in an evidence submission form with each evidence of practice.

Examples of the new documents of QORLA were displayed and discussed. It was also a good chance to present my portfolio with the modifications required by QORLA “Attestation Office”.

I like to thank all participants for cooperation and active participation.

You can download this presentation here.

 

My Personal Statement – My Philosophy of Education

For your professional portfolio, you need to write your personal statement which sums up your philosophy of education. Guided by a tool that was provided by the trainers in the NPSTSL Program for writing the personal statement,  I have just finished writing my personal statement as a leader which I put here for you to guide you when writing your statement. I hope you find it useful.

My Philosophy of Education

My philosophy of education springs from my long experience of teaching, training and leading people. I believe in team work so I prefer my staff to work collaboratively. To get the best out of them, I always praise their work, motivate them and build bridges of trust among faculties.

As a leader, it is my responsibility to provide a safe teaching/ learning environment for students. I believe in differentiated instruction and student-centered classrooms. I think teachers should have good rapport with students.  We need to provide students with different resources and class activities. We should also activate learner autonomy.

My school is not just about getting qualifications and passing National Tests. In my school we look forward to graduating students who stand out by their unique scientific and social skills in a learning environment characterized by dedication to the national and social sense. This educational environment should be equipped with modern technology and open to others, preserving the teachings of Islam and respecting Qatari customs and traditions.

As a school leader, I make sure that parents have a say in the school vision, mission and policies. I encourage them to cooperate with the school in establishing procedures by which the community becomes involved in developing school programs.

I keep up-to-date with professional learning by attending training courses, reading about and applying new trends of teaching and leadership. I reflect upon and record my thoughts about teaching, training and leadership on my blog which is available for everyone on the Internet.

Preparing Your Portfolio for Attestation

Only yesterday, Tuesday 18 October, we resumed professional development sessions in our school “Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys.

The session focused on preparing professional portfolios for attestation so the session was entitled “Preparing your portfolio for attestation“. The session started by clarifying the objectives that can be summed up here:

•Identify the different sections of a portfolio
•Identify the contents of each section
•Have a look at the new templates of the attestation office and how to use them
•Name evidences of practice for each category
•Know how to apply for the Full Licence.
Then I started by eliciting the five section or folders of a teacher’s or a coordinator’s portfolio. It was also important to identify the contents of each section.
Section 1
This section includes your curriculum vitae.  It must include a personal statement of your educational philosophy.
Section 2
This is your self-audit (Self-Review).  It is a personal reflection on your progress in working with the national professional standards.
Section 3
This is an evaluation of your teaching prepared by an independent person.  It will most likely be a school evaluation.
Section 4
This is a copy of any awards, certificates and professional development that are relevant to your teaching practice.
Section 5
This contains evidence of practice.  You must present eight folders of evidence that cover all twelve standards. You need you fill in an evidence submission form with each evidence of practice.
Then we moved on to discussing evidences of practice for teachers which are:
•Lesson and unit planning  (Planning)
•Teaching resource/s (Delivery)
•Assessment tool/s (Assessment)
•Student assessment data (Measurement of outcomes, and use of data)
•Student feedback (Student feedback on planning, delivery and outcomes)
•Appraisal/observation by independent person/s  (Independent feedback on planning delivery and outcomes)
•Community feedback (Community feedback on planning delivery and outcomes)
•Teacher reflection (Self Reflection on planning, delivery and outcomes)
We also conducted a comparison between a teacher’s portfolio and that of a leader. We ended up by how a teacher or a leader can apply for the full professional licence using the new templates from the Attestation Office.
It has been decided that next sessions should focus on the practical side of preparing  a portfolio.
You can download this presentation here.

My Portfolio

In today’s session of the Advanced Attestation Course at Qatar University, I had the chance of presenting the updated version of my portfolio. I really benefited a lot from the comments made by the audience. I think I will do my best to make some modifications and changes to make it better. Anyhow, you can download a copy of my portfolio (the updated version) here. I would be very grateful if you provide me with your comments and remarks.