Research: Portfolios are student-driven demonstrations of learning and qualitative measures of accomplishment and growth. They present the opportunity for a student to reflect upon what and how they’ve learned over a period of time and evaluate their readiness to take the next step, whether it be graduation or grade promotion. They highlight student strengths and identify personal achievements to celebrate and promote the learning process.
Practice: Portfolios are an important part of the Chrysalis experience. A good deal of what we do involves helping students understand how they learn and uncovering their strengths. Dedicating time to reflect upon their growth during the course of the year and on their school experience more generally is empowering and inspiring. We dedicate this one day each year to celebrating their achievements and sharing them with their families. Our students have amazing stories to tell!