Your ePortfolio

ePortfolioIn the LMS and ETI programs we are helping you to develop into innovative, passionate, and competent professionals. Your ePortfolio is one of the main tools to demonstrate your competency as a professional. We want you to use your ePortfolio to show off your professional successes using authentic examples of work that showcase your achievement and passions.

Plymouth State provides every student with a Mahara account. I encourage you to evaluate several ePortfolio tools and choose the one that is best for you. We encourage you make this ePortfolio a valuable resource moving forward: not simply a checkbox on your diploma planning guide. How can your ePortfolio represent you and all your have learned? Here are some suggestions:

Be Creative
In order to share your passion your ePortfolio needs your personal touch. You may want to use a different tool (check out this list of possible ePortfolio tools). Customize your colors, pictures, and layout.

Use Interesting Evidence
Find work that demonstrates what you are good at and what you care about as an educator. Throughout your program you will receive suggestions from your instructors on what to include in your portfolio, but they are simply suggestions. This is your ePortfolio. We want you to choose how you demonstrate your competence. Show us what you know by sharing videos, lesson plans, tweets, projects, photographs, illustrations, booklists, notes from students, papers your have written. The sky is the limit. Actually, there is no limit!

Try a Different Tool
The frustrating part of Mahara is when you leave Plymouth you will no longer have access to making updates to your ePortfolio. You don’t have to use Mahara! Check out this list of ePortfolio tools (most have a free option for educators).  I use VisualCV as my professional ePortfolio.

Make it Relevant
It’s important to me that your ePortfolio remain a vital part of your professional career. You will continue to learn and will want a place to share your successes and reflections on your learning process. An ePortfolio is a crucial tool to assist you in sharing your professional accomplishments with an authentic audience. Think of it as a digital resume!

Align it to the Standards
If you are in the Library Media program use the five AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians:

  1. Teaching for Learning
  2. Literacy and Reading
  3. Information and Knowledge
  4. Advocacy and Leadership
  5. Program Management and Administration

If you are in the Technology Integrator program use the 6 ISTE Coaching Standards:

  1. Visionary Leadership
  2. Teaching, Learning, and Assessments
  3. Digital Age Learning Environments
  4. Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Content Knowledge and Professional Growth

Take the Class
Register for CE 5140 ePortfolio Development and Assessment – where we will help you to set up your own professional ePortfolio. Library Media and Ed Tech Integrator candidates should all take this course. Let me know if you have questions about our ePortfolio requirements.

Contact: Pam Harland




Building Your LMS Resume

resumeIt is that time of the year when we start to see job postings for next year. Here is some information for building the resume that will get the attention of any administrator:

Keep it Simple
When I read through resumes, I initially skim them looking to see if the applicant meets the job requirements. Start off with education and certification so the people reviewing your resume do not have to search.

MEd, Plymouth State University, 2016 (or “expected graduation May 20, 2017”)
Library Media Specialist and Education Technology Integrator

Library Media Specialist (0036) and Education Technology Integrator (0350)
Originally Issued: 6/1/2017 Expires: 6/30/2020 (or “expected 6/1/2017”)

Keep it Short
Resume reviewers prefer a single page document unless you have something important that will add value to this position. Have you published an article? Are you a photographer? Have you lead professional development? Does your previous career provide evidence of what a wonderful school librarian you will make? Are you a member of relevant professional associations? Do you have additional trainings or certifications? If so, it’s ok to go onto page two.

Additional Training:
Intel Teach to the Future Master Teacher, 2015.
Seacoast Professional Development Center, Exeter, NH.

Google Certified Educator Level 2, 2016.
Sanborn Regional School District, Kingston, NH.

Professional Associations:
New Hampshire School Library Media Association

New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education

American Association of School Librarians

American Library Association

Association for Supervision and Curriculum

Relevant Experience:
Here is where you can start talking about your experience as a librarian. Be sure to include an entry for your practicum and what you accomplished during your time. If you have worked in libraries be sure to include details of your experience. When possible, add the impact you have had on your school as well as the actual skills and experience you demonstrate.

Library Media Specialist
Hampton Academy, Hampton, NH. 2005-2010.
Provided a shared environment in which faculty and students became effective users of information.
* Automated the district libraries and established an online presence for resource sharing.
* Integrated information technology through collaboration and professional development.
* Created a positive culture of readers which lead to an increase in test scores.
* Managed library volunteers, a multi-faceted budget, the physical facilities, licensing and contract negotiations.

Library Media Specialist Practicum
Bakie School, Kingston, NH. 2005
Worked with my mentor librarian at the Bakie School for 90 hours gaining valuable experience managing a library and providing information literacy instruction to the K-5 students.
* Developed curated resources for projects across the curriculum using digital tools.
* Collaborated with 4th grade teachers on adding an audio-visual component to the Immigration Project.
* Created a “Best Practices for Chromebooks” program for all faculty.
* Earned my Google Certified Educator, Level 2 by helping with and attending district PD.
* Genrefied the Fiction collection to make it more student-centered and easily accessible.

Teaching Experience
If you are an experienced teacher, highlight your work as a collaborator, a technology integrator, a presenter, coach, and leader. Include professional development trainings you have given. Highlight collaborative projects that had an impact on student and teacher learning. Illustrate your leadership experience by detailing activities and initiatives. Share evidence you have collected that demonstrates how you’ve met goals.

English Teacher
Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston, NH 2000-2005.
Transformed the English curriculum in Freshmen classes by developing an inclusive project-based learning program.
* Collaborated with my PLC on transforming the Freshmen Learning Community into an award-winning center of integrated instruction.
* Through the reader/writer workshop model student reading scores increased two grade levels.
* Coached all new teachers on the use of Google Classroom.
* Served as Team Leader for NEASC Accreditation.

Future Ready
Include a heading under your library/teaching experience entry about your readiness, ability, and desire to move the library into the future. Administrators are no longer looking for policy enforcers in the Library Media role. They want to see that your priorities are their priorities. How will you positively impact student learning at their school? Think about your elevator speech. Why do we need school librarians today when we have 1:1 Chromebooks, access to the Internet, and tech-savvy teachers? Include this statement in your cover letter. In fact, start your cover letter with your pitch:

Successful schools need a future ready school library in order to build successful students. 

Ask for Advice
Share your resume with your mentor, your Program Coordinator (ME!!), and other colleagues. Ask for input!

Good luck and keep in touch!