Port-Visory: Integrating Advisory, Reflections and
Portfolios into a Middle School


NELMS Conference Center
50 High St, North Andover, MA

This workshop will focus on three key components of the Port-Visory program: Portfolios, Advisories and Reflections. Whether your school has an established program or is in the process of changing, adopting or building a portfolio or advisory program, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to process new ideas, work collaboratively with others, and return to school with tools to enhance student’s reflections and self-assessment.

Participants will explore ways to track and foster holistic student growth through portfolios, reflections, and teacher- led advisories.

The morning will begin with an overview of the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School’s Port-visory Program as a model of a teacher-driven program that blends guiding students through building a “portfolio” to encapsulate their three years at the school with “advisories” centered around a school-wide theme.

Three sessions will follow:

  • Who Benefits from High Quality Reflections? Participants will analyze examples of high quality reflections, and discuss the benefits that come from embedding such reflections into the general curriculum. The Association for Middle Level Education’s This We Believe and CASEL’s Five Competencies for Social Emotional Learning will be used as anchors in this session, and time will be given to create and share reflection templates to bring back to your school.
  • Teacher-Driven Advisory: What is the job of an advisory program? What role does student reflections play in advisory? How can schools use teacher-leadership to shape a program that works for their school? Using a facilitated discussion participants will explore what makes a good advisory program, and identify subtle shifts they can make to benefit students in the upcoming school year.
  • The Power of Portfolios!: This final session will put the pieces together, looking at how building a non-graded portfolio of student work, reflections and advisory activities from their time at your school can have a positive impact on student growth and school culture.


Hannah Kast

Tentative Schedule:

  • 8:30 Registration, Coffee and light pastries
  • 9:00 –12:00 Morning Workshop Session
  • 12:00 –1:00 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 –3:00 Afternoon Workshop Session
(schedule subject to change)

Presenter Bio

Hannah Kast currently teaches 8th grade history and coordinates the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School’s Port-visory and Seminar programs. Before becoming a classroom teacher her views on the power of experiential education were shaped by spending time teaching in Tanzania and South Africa, and working in outdoor education in New Hampshire. Hannah received a B.A. in International Studies and Psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has a Masters of Arts of Teaching in Middle School Curriculum at the University of Vermont, and a M.Ed in Education Administration from Endicott College. She has presented at a number of conferences, including the Association for Middle Level Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the New England League of Middle Schools. Outside of school she is also a yoga instructor and ice skating coach.

Workshop Prices: Member-$149/Non-Member-$179
Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018
PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 10 attendees is required.


To register please click here. You can fill it out and fax or mail back to NELMS.