A reflection on the relationship between the bPortfolio, the Principles of HOPE, and the WAC 181

Currently, with very few posts to our bPortfolios, there may not be overwhelming evidence of the interconnectedness of our bPortfolios, the Principles of HOPE, and the WAC 181. However, I am confident that as we continue to add various reflections and writings to our bPortfolios, the relationship between the Principles of HOPE, Washington Administrative Code (sec 181), and our professional online-portfolios will become more and more evident.

The Washington Administrative Code 181 outlines the state’s certification standards, and an important purpose of the bPortfolio is to document and provide evidence of competence on the Principles of HOPE, SPU’s vision for effective teaching based on the standards outlined in the WAC. SPU’s Principles of HOPE—Honor student diversity, development and their right to learn, Offer an organized and challenging curriculum, Practice effective teaching: inquiry, planning, instruction & assessment, Exemplify service to the teaching profession—are meant to encourage and instill a deep sense of responsibility, calling and purpose behind teaching.

The bPortfolio has many purposes, but in relationship to the Principles of Hope and WAC 181, the bPortfolio functions as a space for reflection on knowledge, skills, and growth attained throughout the teacher candidate’s journey toward certification, an organized demonstration of competency, and a collection of prepared examples of professional work and personal progress.