Micro-credentials create an opportunity for educators to “learn by doing”. Educators can earn micro-credentials by demonstrating competency of a skill or skill set in their classroom. While working on their selected task, the educator is coached along the pathway with effective and timely feedback. Their work is reviewed by a group of trained educators who determine if competency has been reached. The earned micro-credential follows the educator’s career path, assisting in appropriate human capital decisions and in some instances the micro-credential can also lead to graduate credit.
Over 1,000 micro-credentials have been awarded to Arkansas educators. This transformation in professional learning not only aligns with the vision for education in Arkansas but also with research that supports job embedded professional development. This initiative will save valuable instruction time as well as professional development funds, leading to more effective teaching and learning.
Learn more about micro-credentials at http://digitalpromise.org/initiative/educator-micro-credentials/.
Explore available micro-credentials and digital resources at https://bloomboard.com/microcredential/provider/ac2f23c8-274d-449d-ac3f-6ad29e399737.
Publication: Micro-credentials: Driving teacher learning & leadership (PDF)
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