Webster’s Definition of Milestone…
an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development
-Babies reach milestones.
-Toddlers reach milestones.
-Adolescents reach milestones.
-Teenagers reach milestones.
-And… TEACHERS reach milestones, as well!
Well, if you are going through the NBPTS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, you better be showcasing at least ONE milestone. You see, this is what the Profile of Professional Growth (MOC portfolio) is really founded on – Milestones (significant changes).
Where do they go in the portfolio?
What should they look like?
How do you know if you have any to write about?
Let’s dive deeper in each of these questions.
They are interwoven into your PGEs. Think about it like this, you can determine whether your PGE is worthy of the paper you write it on (and if it will meet the scoring rubric) just by giving it the milestone test.
They look like a professional growth experience where you have lined up an imaginary set of dominoes that can clearly connect and knock down the one before it. Milestones are seen when a teacher’s professional growth experience causes significant changes by crossing lines of connecting to other professionals, parents, organizations or the community. They are also seen when a teacher’s PGE is ongoing (doesn’t just happen once) and has a far-reaching effect (maybe to affect other teachers’ students or the community). It also may include the teacher in multiple roles – learner, leader, collaborator, and advocate.
Use this chart as a litmus test for milestones. If you can fill in multiple boxes, the PGE is a strong one to use for proving your growth experiences are more than just one class or activity, but a carefully executed plan to affect the needs of many.