English Language Learners Capstone Portfolio, Alex G. Schwendeman, Spring 2018
Schwendeman, Alex G.
This capstone portfolio is a demonstration of the candidate’s expertise in the field of English Language Learner education. A functional Philosophy of Teaching is developed through an examination of ELL literature along with influential work on contemporary social studies instruction and Critical Race Theory. This philosophy is an expression of the candidate’s views and guiding principles for fostering Second Language Acquisition through social studies content mastery with explicit attention to the impact of race-power dynamics. The conceptual framework is then supported by an analysis of artifacts produced during the candidate’s graduate program that displays requisite professional knowledge. These artifacts are pertinent indicators of fulfillment of the five TESOL domains of language, culture, planning/instruction, assessment, and professionalism. The analysis also serves to document the candidate’s aptitude for purposeful implementation of the personal teaching philosophy. The portfolio concludes with self-reflection and examination of possibilities for bridging theory and practice. Implications for ongoing professional development and potential professional challenges are considered.