Example Learning Portfolios



Michela’s Portfolio


Jah’China’s Portfolio


Kassie’s Portfolio


Soné’s Portfolio


Chet’s Portfolio



Fatou’s Portfolio


Melyse’s Portfolio


 Zwendy’s Portfolio


Teaching Resources 

Mouse Create Learning Portfolio Curriculum

DreamYard and Parsons partnered with Mouse to create a free and open curriculum that supports the Learning Portfolio process.

The curriculum consists of six modules that include information on documenting process, basic design principles, and tips for telling your learning story. Students can walk through the modules themselves or they can be facilitated by an educator. Each module has a facilitator’s version.

Click below to access the modules via Google Docs: 

If you would like to learn more about working with Mouse at your school or organization, please contact Janine Quijije, Senior Director of Development:

Learning Portfolio Videos from Parsons Pre-College Program

Parsons Pre-College Program created a series of videos for The Learning Portfolio Project. Their first video explains, What is a Portfolio? The other seven videos are short clips with advice from educators and designers on how to create a Learning Portfolio.

Producer: Jessica Walker // Director: Cristina Muller

Resources for Slide Portfolios

For many schools, the best starting place is a classroom-level slideshow portfolio of work from the semester or the year. These slideshows can be created from a template, as well as personalized.

Here is an example:

Usually, these slideshows can include:

  • A Title slide with student’s name
  • A Table of Contents slide with linked categories
  • An About Me slide
  • Slides for each category

You can use the walkthrough slides below to help your students set up their slide-based Learning Portfolio:

Digital Portfolio Design Walkthrough

Other Resources

Learning Portfolio Get Started Survey

Google Slides Portfolio Tutorial

Types of Blog Posts for Portfolios

First Five Lessons to Start Blogging

Parsons Online Portfolio Class

Recommended Tools

Learning Portfolio Tools and Best Practices List

Google Apps for Education (including Drive, Slides, Blogger, and Classroom)




Timeline JS3


Michela, an alum of the DreamYard Art Center’s Bronx Art Collective program, shares her experience developing a learning portfolio at Parsons’ NYC Futures Portfolio Summit:

NYC Futures Portfolio Summit – Part 3 from Parsons – DY on Vimeo.


Mastery Collaborative Webinar, December 2015


Arts Education Partnership National Forum Presentation, September 2015


National Guild Conference Presentation with Carnegie Hall, November 2015


“How to Create Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom” – Rudy Blanco on EdSurge/TedEd



Related Research and Initiatives

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success – Network of over 90 higher education institutions developing an online portfolio system for college admissions

NYC DOE’s Mastery Collaborative – NYC-based network of schools using mastery based learning

Mouse – A key partner for school implementation

Hive NYC’s Connected Credentials Project – DML Trust Challenge-funded working group exploring how badges and portfolios can unlock opportunities for young people

New York Performance Standards Consortium – Network of 28 New York schools using alternative assessments to high stakes testing