Real Stories from Teachers Who Are Using the Focused Portfolios™ Process

The Focused Portfolios™ process has been in use since October 1998 in a variety of settings. From the teachers in Peoria, IL and Montreal, Quebec, who initially piloted the book to all those teachers in the US and Canada, who have since begun to implement this system of documenting children's work via portfolios, we have heard many favorable comments. Here is a sampling of the feedback we've received from teachers about their successes, challenges, responses from families and the impact on their own teaching:

Teacher's Goals:
Teachers' Knowledge About Children:
The Effect on Teaching and Curriculum:
Changes in the Quality of Teacher/Family Interaction
Teachers Feel More Prepared to Conference with Families

The teachers involved identified several goals as they entered into this assessment project. They shared the following ways in which their goals were realized:

"I always wanted to collect stuff [about the children] and wanted to be organized.
This gives you a variety of things to collect and keeps track of progress."

"We were looking for a better assessment system so we could convince parents of infants and toddlers that their children are learning. Now I can show them."

Focused Portfolios: Teachers and Families Focused in Children's Development and Learning