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.

 

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.

Professional Development Semester 1 Summary

Yesterday, Sunday 6 March 2011, we started, in our school Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys, the first professional development workshop in Semester 2. I decided that the best thing to do is to start with revising what was presented in Semester 1. The main target was not only revising the pedagogical knowledge and teaching skills practised earlier, but also to show how a revision lesson is effectively conducted. My intention was to provide a number of activities and tasks to ensure the active participation of the trainees.

The workshop was a good chance to revise all information tackled in Semester 1. The workshop activities helped teachers practise the different skills related to the topics handled. The workshop activities focused on: the main target of the school, the key factors that build good rapport between the teacher and his students, what we expect to see in a classroom, what ensures effective teaching and learning, the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders, the attestation process and the use of Elearn. The activities used ensured the participation of all trainees and gave a good example of a revision lesson and how a teacher can act as a facilitator and a monitor. It also clarified the importance of the preparation stage for a revision lesson. All in all, it was a successful workshop and the teachers were really interested and excited.

You can download the workshop presentation here.

PD Semester 1 Summary March 2011

Professional Portfolios

On Sunday dated 26 December, I conducted  a workshop on professional portfolios and how a teacher can prepare his professional portfolio against the national professional standards so as to be able to get the full professional licence. After discussing the five folders needed for the portfolio and the contents of each folder, I presented the updated version of my portfolio. The presentation was successful and valuable as I talked explicitly about each folder and its contents. Most teachers needed to have a look at one of the examples of completed portfolios.

Now staff are familiar with the contents of the five sections (folders) of a portfolio. This is going to be consolidated by displaying more examples of portfolios from other colleagues in different school departments. To help teachers prepare their portfolios, I have uploaded the five folders template (NPST Portfolio). You can simply download it and use it to prepare your own portfolio. Besides, a blank PowerPoint template is going to be delivered so that teachers can use it to prepare their own portfolios (presentations) which they can use to present their portfolios when being attested.

You can download the five folders template (NPST Portfolio) here.

And you can also download a copy of the updated version of my portfolio here.

Attestation and Coaching

 

On Sunday 12 December, 2010, Mr Tamer, the ICT Coordinator succeeded in presenting the different stages of attestation; starting with getting the provisional licence and ending up with the full licence. He also discussed the importance of choosing a coach to help and support the teacher in preparing his professional portfolio. There was a good discussion about the qualities of a good coach. Now staff are familiar with the process of getting the full licence. Mr. Tamer clarified the different stages one should go through to get the full licence. This workshop will be followed by occasional visits by Mr. Tamer to school departments; clarifying and giving help and guidance when needed.

You can download the presentation used 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.