Matt Renwick is a friend and fellow elementary principal in Wisconsin. He’s a very student-centered school leader and always has learning for his students and staff in the focus of his work. Just spend a few minutes perusing what he thinks about and shares on his blog, and you’ll realize that this is the type of person we absolutely need leading our schools. He’s thoughtful about how to best accomplish the work of schools, and he serves his own school community very well.
Matt has recently written the book Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning and Continuous Assessment, and this is an excellent resource for learning how to implement a very effective system for documenting student learning.
I was fortunate to be an early reader for this project, and then was thrilled when Matt asked me to co-write the foreword to the book with Jessica Johnson. This is a digital book published by Powerful Learning Press and you can purchase a copy here. In the book you will find text, screen casts, and videos to help you understand effective practices in learning assessment in addition to how you can create a powerful portfolio assessment system in your own classroom or school. This isn’t just another book about specific tech tools. Matt’s work goes deeper than that and will help you understand important principles in assessment, school change, and true student learning.
The book can stand on its own to help you understand and replicate his work, but do reach out to Matt if you have any questions or other resources to share. He’ll take time to give you additional information and would truly value hearing more about this topic.