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					             Entry 4 - Documented Accomplishments

   Many candidates begin their portfolio work with Entry 4. Student work samples and
    videotapes are not needed for this entry. Humility, humbleness, and modesty are not

   Assessors are looking at your work as a Learner through professional development, a
    Leader/Collaborator at the local, state and/or national level, and your work with
    families and community through ongoing, interactive communication.

   Accomplishments need to focus on activities they go beyond what is routinely
    required by teachers as part of their job.

    For example, if you talk about serving on a committee, you must be able to prove that
    your role was an active one that made a difference and that went above and beyond
    what is routinely done.

   Accomplishments focus on the significant impact they've had on student
    As to workshops -- the fact that you attended a great workshop learned from it and used
    that information in your class is great but you need to document a broader impact. NB
    wants to see how you took the knowledge gained from that wonderful workshop, etc.
    and shared it with colleagues in a meaningful way that would impact their students as
    well -- leading an inservice or workshop for others would be an example.

    Many teachers include awards, such as Teacher of the Year. The award itself is
    not evidence -- it's the things done by the teacher to earn that award that provide
    the accomplishment and the significant impact.
   The quality of the accomplishment is much more important than the quantity
    of activities.

   Communication with families needs to be TWO-WAY communication. Collect
    evidence to document your involvement not only with parents and the community, but
    to show they contact and involve you as well.
   Make sure you demonstrate how each accomplishment is directly connected to
    the National Board standards.

   This entry carries less weight than the other three portfolio entries. Keep that in mind
    as you work through the portfolio entries.

This diagram is one way to think about           Teacher working .
your work outside the classroom that              with students '
                                                   families and
improves student learning.

This is meant to be an aid in identifying and
categorizing the different kinds of activities
in which you engage outside the classroom.
The examples will help you think about your
work, but may be irrelevant to your
particular teaching situation. You do not
have to try to copy each item.

You need to address each of the
three categories, but you need not
demonstrate your work in each                                             Teacher as
intersected area.                                                    leader/collaborator
                                                                      at local, state, or
                                                                        national level
Multiple Paths to Parent
A Web of Ideas for Multiple Paths to Parent Communication
about Progress and Learning
Draw additional bubbles for other ways that you communicate with parents.

Make notes of significance, impact on students' learning, and documentation by
each method that you use.

Adapted from CPS Facilitators' Resource Guide
U e this chart to help you think about the different areas in which you work outside the classroom to improve student learnin g. Your
accomplishments might overlap more than one category.


  Accomplishments That                                                                       IMPACT ON
  Demonstrate:                              ACTIVITY                 SIGNIFICANCE            STUDENT LEARNING              DOCUMENTATION

  Your work with the families
  and community of your


  (During current year)

  Your work as a leader and


  (During last five years)

  Your development as

  a learner

  (During last five years)
Education World ® : Curriculum Article

Fourteen Activities to Promote Parent Involvement!
Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to
engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say,
however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children’s schools. Teachers often
feel under attack by parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap! Included:
Fourteen activities to promote parental involvement and ten tips for involved parents!

“By the year 2000, every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental
involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of
children.” -- Goals 2000: Educate America Act

The following quote comes from Fathers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools, a 1997 report
from the National Center for Education Statistics. “School-aged children in both two-parent and
single-parent families are more likely to get mostly A’s, to enjoy school, and to participate in
extracurricular activities and are less likely to have ever repeated a grade and to have ever been
suspended or expelled if their fathers or mothers have high as opposed to low levels of
involvement in their schools.”

Additional studies have found that parental involvement is more important to student success, at
every grade level, than family income or education. However, Strong Families, Strong Schools,
a report that reflects 30 years of research on family involvement in education, stated the sad fact
that “in many instances parents don’t feel as if we welcome them in school.”


“Educators need to be willing to recognize the extent of this disconnection as a precondition for
involving families in their children’s education, “ the report continued,” offering the following
suggestions for reducing that feeling of disconnection:

      Be sure the first contact with parents is a positive one.
      Communicate with parents straightforwardly and simply, avoiding educational “jargon.”
      Ensure that all parents have regular access to clear, concise, and easily readable
       information about their children’s school and classroom.
      Ask parents to share their concerns and opinions about school, and then address those
      Accommodate parents’ work schedules.
      Accommodate language and cultural differences.

The National PTA has also set the following National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement

      Establish regular, meaningful communication between home and school.
      Promote and support parenting skills.
       Encourage active parent participation in student learning.
       Welcome parents as volunteer partners in schools.
       Invite parents to act as full partners in making school decisions that affect children and
       Reach out to the community for resources to strengthen schools.

The 14 activities below will help you meet those standards by letting parents know they are
welcome in school and by helping them find ways to contribute to their children’s education both
in and out of school.


   1.      Complete the Pathways to School Improvement Trip Planner Inventory provided by
           the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory’s Pathways to School
           Improvement. Answer the 16 questions and get ideas for
                Supporting ways families can become involved in schools.
                Creating a school climate and structures that support family involvement.
                Constructing school partnerships with families and community groups.

   2.      Use the guidelines provided by the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in
           Education at Family/School Partnerships to create a family involvement policy for
           your classroom.

   3.      Provide families with a list of required mastery skills for each subject taught at your
           grade level.

   4.      Invite families to share hopes for and concerns about children and then work together
           to set student goals.

   5.      Print and send home:
                In September: As a Parent, I Promise…
                In October: Testing
                In November: How to Make Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child
                In December: Your Child’s Learning: A Daily Checklist
                In January: What We Can Do to Help Our Children Learn
                In February: Parent Involvement = Student Success
                In March: Education World’s Tips for Involved Parents
                In April: 10 Tips for a Successful Parent/Teacher Conference
                In May: 8 Ways Parents Can Promote Reading at Home

   6.      Initiate a classroom volunteer program.
7.    Create a parent resource center. Provide materials on issues of concern to parents,
      such as child development, health and safety, drug education, special education, and
      so on. Include information about local parenting and social services agencies. If
      possible, provide sample textbooks, extension activities, software, and audio and

8.    Use Schooltime, Class webCreate, Create a Free Class Page, or a similar site to create
      a classroom Web site. Include a parent page.

9.    Set up a homework hot line students or parents can call to get forgotten or missed

10.   Invite parents to present talks and/or demonstrations about their specialized
      knowledge or skills.

11.   Following conference or report card time, offer workshops on improving grades and
      study skills.

12.   Maintain regular communication by sending home
          Weekly folders of student work.
          Monthly calendars of special events to be celebrated or taught.
          A regular class newsletter.
          Weekly work sheets containing activities students and families can do
             together. Include information on objectives and targeted skills. Look for
             activities at sites such as Search and Discover and Child and Family Studies.

13.   Order a copy of Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS). This booklet of
      homework assignments requires that students involve their families in what they are
      learning in school. Use the prototype activities in the booklet to create assignments of
      your own.

14.   Compile a wish list that includes both goods – from craft sticks to carpet squares to
      software – and services – from stapling newletters to chaperoning field trips to
      coordinating special events – that parents might provide. Be sure the list includes
      many free or inexpensive items and activities that do not demand a great deal of time
      or a long-term commitment.

      Appleseed This non-profit, national campaign advocates improvement in public schools
       by increasing parental involvement in U.S. schools.
      Early Childhood Digest This quarterly report contains articles about ways schools and
       families can work together to help children learn.
      Classroom Matters Parents and teachers can use this bulletin board to talk about issues
       of importance to children and to education.
      The National PTA This site provides a number of documents offering ideas for teachers
       and schools who want to encourage and promote parental involvement in education.
      National Network of Partnership Schools Established by researchers at Johns Hopkins
       University, this organization helps schools, districts, and states develop and maintain
       programs that promote school-family-community partnerships.
      A Pocket Guide to Building Partnerships For Student Learning The NEA offers
       suggestions for ways in which both parents and teachers can contribute to effective
      The Parent Team The Yale Child Study Center presents an excellent article on how
       schools can foster parental participation.
      Families as Partners: Ideas that Work This 91-page downloadable document includes
       many useful work sheets for teachers, schools, and parents interested in promoting
      Special Issue on Parent Involvement The Harvard Education Letter provides several
       excellent articles on promoting parent involvement in schools.
      Update: Helping Your Child Learn The Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education
       discusses how parents can contribute to children’s education.
      ParenTech The site includes articles and information on facilitating parental involvement
       as well as free educational resources for families and educators of middle school students.