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Meghan Cureton

Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers? | M... - 0 views

  • Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts.
  • The ability to try it right away in my classroom and to get feedback from my colleagues and the person running the micro-credential was really important
  • He likes that he can choose to earn micro-credentials in areas of his practice where he wants to improve and that he can complete them with flexibility, contributing when he has time.
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  • Kettle Moraine, a small suburban Wisconsin district about 30 miles west of Milwaukee, has taken the lead on micro-credentials.
  • In Kettle Moraine teachers can earn $200, $400 or $600 toward their base pay, depending on the type of micro-credential. The district allows teachers to take courses through outside nonprofits like Digital Promise, district-created micro-credentials or individually proposed credentials. The micro-credential must be pre-approved in order to count toward compensation, so that district leadership can keep an eye on costs.
  • San Lorenzo School District
  • Tennessee is currently piloting micro-credentials as a pathway toward relicensure with 60 teachers.
  • Seminole County Public Schools is also looking at how micro-credentials could shake up existing models of professional development
  • Leaders in this movement don’t want micro-credentials to be confused with digital badges, essentially a gold star without a lot behind it, or a rubber stamp. Instead, they hope the ecosystem will evolve so that states and districts will be able to identify high-quality courses from the rest and the micro-credential itself will be a form of currency for teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
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