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Reading Portfolios

Each graduate student enrolled in a program in Reading/Language Arts at GVSU must maintain a reading portfolio, which is a requirement for graduation. The portfolio is designed to provide faculty with a window on graduate students' evolving knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The reading portfolios are also a means of evaluating the effectiveness of instruction in our program. Students' reading portfolios are designed to serve as a collection of important pieces of work that are foundational to future learning experiences. Graduate students will rely on materials in the reading portfolio in their practicum experiences. Reading portfolios are maintained on LiveText (LiveText FAQs).


Reading Portfolio Format

The following items from each course must be included in the portfolio:

  1. Key course assignments
  2. Learning logs (these may look somewhat different in each class, depending on the objectives of the course and the means of accomplishing them)
  3. End-of-course integrative essays (the final)

All of the materials for the portfolio are generated within the Reading/Language Arts courses as part of the learning experiences of those courses.

The key assignment, learning log, and end-of-course essay from each course should be organized in the reading portfolio in clearly labeled sections as follows:

  • Section A: Foundational Knowledge
    Materials from EDR 621
  • Section B: Curriculum and Instruction
    Materials from EDR 622, EDR 623 OR EDR 627, EDR 628
  • Section C: Literate Environment & Diversity
    Materials from EDR 624 or EDR 625, EDR 631
  • Section D: Assessment and Evaluation
    Materials from EDR 626
  • Section E: Professional Learning and Leadership
    Materials from EDR 685, EDR 687, EDR 689
  • Section F: Capstone
    Materials from ED 693

All students must complete a portfolio and submit it periodically for faculty review. Portfolios are maintained on LiveText (LiveText FAQs).

Students are required to construct their portfolios in electronic format, saving assignments, learning logs, and finals as Microsoft Word documents, PDF files, or Images. Students will be required to upload all documents into their LiveText portfolio for review.

In LiveText, students should share their reading portfolio with COE Reading for review by the Reading/Language Arts faculty upon completion of all of the courses in a section of the portfolio. Submission is continuous.

If you have questions, please contact your Reading/Language Arts advisor.