Developing Portfolios in Education, Second Edition, walks teachers through the practical aspects of creating portfolios and demonstrates how they can be used as an action research tool for reflection and professional development. Authors Ruth S. Johnson, J. Sabrina Mims-Cox, and Adelaide Doyle-Nichols include checklists, visuals, organizational strategies, and hands-on tools to help readers through every step of developing a professional portfolio.

Key Features

Emphasizes the role of standards as they apply to portfolio content and evaluation; Includes chapter-opening scenarios that offer real-world examples of portfolio development

New to This Edition

Presents a chapter that links portfolio development to action research; Contains updated material on electronic portfolio development; Provides new step-by-step descriptions of the portfolio process written specifically for teachers

Accompanying Student Resources on CD provide video clips of portfolio presentations, sample electronic portfolios for elementary and secondary teaching credential candidates, PowerPoint slides, tables, templates, and links to Web sites.

Presenting and Sharing the Portfolio

Presenting and sharing the portfolio

You do not have to have a perfect portfolio that you would show from cover to cover. What you do want to have is a collection of items that you can strategically draw on to support claims you wish to make about yourself.

—Satterthwaite and D'Orsi (2003, p. 148)

Chapter Objectives

Readers will be able to

  • describe how to prepare and retool a portfolio for a presentation;
  • develop presentation strategies; and
  • design ways to schedule, organize, and score portfolio presentations.


There were 3 weeks before the end of the term, and the candidates in Instructor Brown's class were becoming anxious about their portfolio presentations. They had been told they would be given 20 to 30 minutes for presentations to an audience of colleagues, ...

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