Undergraduate/Graduate Portfolio Project Guidelines

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Content Guidelines and ELL Standards

WDPI Standards

  1. Content: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines she or he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for pupils.
  2. Development: The teacher understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. Diversity: The teacher understands how pupils differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
  4. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology, to encourage children"s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  5. Environment: The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  6. Communication: The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  7. Instructional Planning: The teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, pupils, the community, and curriculum goals.
  8. Assessment: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.
  9. Reflection: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community and others, and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. Collaboration: The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support pupil learning and well-being and acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.


ELL Standards

  1. Language Competence: Teachers have a high degree of fluency in English, comprehend the linguistic and paralinguistic features of the English language, and recognize the processes through which languages are acquired in both formal and informal contexts.
  2. Developmental, Social, Political, and Cultural Contexts: Teachers of English language learners address the developmental, social, political, and cultural contexts of their students' lives and educational experiences. They comprehend how these relate to classroom performance and educational practice.
  3. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teachers employ effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for English language learners and possess knowledge of the content taught in schools.
  4. The School Environment: Teachers recognize the importance of situating support programs for English language learners within the context of the school and community to ensure their academic success.
  5. Professional Development: Teachers are reflective practitioners who continually engage in ongoing professional development, networking, research, and innovation (see Standard 9, Wisconsin Teacher Standards). Teachers actively seek out opportunities to grow and contribute professionally.