Examples of structured learning experiences include participation in:
Renaissance modules; professional workshops or other training, such as Our Whole
Lives training; undergraduate or graduate courses; adult education classes;
conferences with a professional development component; peer study groups;
independent study, etc. Ideally the structured learning experience would have
reflection and feedback components. When documenting these learning experiences
in the portfolio, include a short (paragraph) reflection on how this event has
contributed to your competency in a particular area, in addition to basic
descriptive information about the experience.
Examples of leadership experiences include: leadership of the aforementioned
structured learning experiences; additional leadership responsibilities
undertaken in your position as a religious educator; teaching (all ages);
leadership responsibilities in organizations ore events beyond the congregation.
When documenting these learning experiences in the portfolio, include a short
(paragraph) reflection on how this event has contributed to your competency in a
particular area, in addition to basic descriptive information about the
Samples of professional work can include such things as: an academic paper; a
reflection paper describing how knowledge and experience gained from an event
attended or structured learning experience has affected your professional
practice; a copy of a religious education program prospectus or a teacher
training manual; an outline of a teacher training workshop or other workshop you
created; a script for a Christmas pageant; a congregational or collegial
covenant; an order of service from a worship service you have lead; a story or
liturgy that you have written; a noteworthy newsletter column; the text of a
sermon written; a copy of a curriculum developed; your contribution to an annual
report; photographs of visual display materials, audio or video tapes of you in
action, photographs of your work, etc. When including these work samples in the
portfolio, also document your relationship to it (i.e. you created it, revised
it, performed it, etc.) and a short (paragraph) reflection on why you believe it
fulfills a program requirement and demonstrates your competency in a particular
8.2 Do I have to document or locate everything I ever did in my
professional life and include it in my portfolio?No. The idea of
the portfolio is to demonstrate professional and personal competency in the
various topics of life span religious education as specified in the program plan
at the credentialing level that is sought. For materials or work “products,” the
idea is to show through them that you have integrated your knowledge and
experience into your professional practice. In most cases this means including
your most recent work that sufficiently demonstrates your competency in a
particular subject area. Include older work only if no recent work exists to
demonstrate your competency to your satisfaction. For structured learning
experiences, you may want to document as much as you can both in and beyond your
professional career. We ask that you make your best effort to document these
learning experiences. If you don’t have detailed information about them you
should still include them in your portfolio, but more information creates a
8.3 Am I required to complete the portfolio grids and include them in
my portfolio?No. The learning experiences and materials grids are
only meant to be a tool to help organize the information and materials that
might go into the portfolio. Ignore them if they are not helpful. Note, however,
that some participants find them helpful to organize their portfolio.
8.4 I don’t have lifespan religious education responsibilities in my
job. Is this program not for me?Not necessarily. Although the
requirement of the portfolio is to demonstrate competency in life span religious
education, it is understood that for some this will need to be demonstrated
beyond the scope of their current position as a religious educator.
8.5 How can I do a reflection on a Renaissance module I took 10 years
ago?Ideally what would be included in a portfolio would be
documentation of a structured learning experience that included both a
reflection and feedback component to demonstrate how this learning experience
has been incorporated into your professional practice. But this is an ideal. It
is recognized that not every learning experience will be of this sort,
especially things like Renaissance modules that were taken several years ago.
They should, however, still be included even it is not possible to fully
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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