Thank you for being advocates for your students and encouraging them to virtually attend this amazing event. I have some tips and tricks for you to share with your students so they have the best experience possible. First, feel free to DOWNLOAD THE SAVE THE DATE to share with your students, parents, admin, and post on your school/art social media.
Teachers, please watch this quick video to learn more about Mini Portfolio Day and how you can best prepare your students for the day.
Email Deanna Sortino at
You must pre-register for the event. CLICK HERE to register so we can send you up-to-date information and we can get an estimate of how many students you might have attend.
2. get students going
Send them this website and have them REGISTER. Review the sessions they can sign up for below. Have students review the VIRTUAL COLLEGE INFORMATION & COLLEGE GOOGLE SHEET to start figuring out which colleges they want to learn more about. This is a great resource for teachers, students, and parents!
November 14th Sessions (Central Time)
November 15th-November 19th Sessions
3. PORTFOLIO PREP WITH YOUR STUDENTS
Review your students' portfolios with them (5-25 pieces is a good number to show college reps). Make sure everything is photographed correctly in their portfolios and in presentation-ready mode. Each portfolio piece should be saved as .jpg for easy viewing by colleges
NOTE: College reps are not particular with how students share their portfolios with them. It can be as simple as Padlet or Google Drive or as refined as a website.
4. STUDENTS SHOULD SET UP A PORTFOLIO REVIEW (or a few)! CENTRAL TIME
Once your students find a school (or schools) they want to set up a portfolio review with, have students send an email to the college rep setting up a meeting before portfolio day (or for portfolio day if they sign up for a time for the day). There’s a template/assignment here you can use for reference. *Note: this is a great asynchronous activity*
Have your students be ready to email the college reps their portfolios BEFORE Mini Portfolio Day.
NOTE: Students WILL also be able to sign up for "day of" portfolio reviews at Mini Portfolio Day.
show students a sample of what an online portfolio review looks like here
Here's a sample online Portfolio Review from Admissions Rep,
Molly Noyes from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD).
5. Review proper portfolio zoom etiquette With STUDENTS
Say hello and thank you & introduce yourself
Have your video on
Make sure you go somewhere with a stable internet connection
Make sure you are prepared to talk about your work
Make the initial effort to reach out to them if you’re interested in their school
Send a thank-you email afterward
Come prepared with questions
Have your guardians join you on the zoom if possible