Integrity ~ Inclusion ~ Curiousity ~ Listen ~ Reflect ~ Joy
Learning & Leading ePortfolio
ePortfolios document and make a student's learning visible and audible - and, therefore, amplifies equity, choice, personalization of a culminating learning experience, and self-efficacy in the learning process. An academic ePortfolio is a digital collection created and curated by a student of their course-related work; academic ePortfolios can also capture other aspects of a student's learning life, such as practicum, research projects, volunteer work, employment history, extracurricular activities, and more. While ePortfolios might be described as digital collections of artifacts, a good ePortfolio also represents a process - specifically, the process of generating new or deep learning by reflecting on one's existing learning.
The following ePortfolio documents my growth during my studies at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. While my time in the program has concluded, my learning persists. As such, this is a living artifact that is always evolving to reflect my professional and personal growth. Among other things, it includes my Leadership Monograph, Reflection on Listening Calls with School Leaders, and Mentorship & Growth Plan.
School leaders should hold interpersonal stories as well as those communicated through data with care and intentionally listen to how each of these affirm, confer, and challenge both the leader and institution to be better. Learn more about how I define leadership as well as the pillars of my own professional practice in my Leadership Monograph.
Reflections on Listening Calls with School Leaders
During my calls with three accomplished independent school leaders, several themes emerged: 1) Remain open to the journey; 2) Involve other constituents in your work; 3) Relationships are key; and 4) Lead with listening. Here I reflect on my listening calls with Walidah Justice, Julian Braxton, and Rodney Glasgow.
Dr. Maya Angelou says it best: “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” I would not be where I am, personally or professionally, without the guidance and wisdom of formal and informal mentors who carry me on their wings when I forget that I, too, can fly. To read more about what I have learned and how I plan to pay it forward, please read my mentorship plan.
In Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston writes, “I do not weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” To which I respond: “Me, too, Zora.” Please review my growth plan wherein I discuss my professional strengths, growth edges, and how I intend to further my learning.