Take Small Bites and Chew Slowly: The Benefits of Micro-Credentialing Have you heard about micro-credentialing? It’s a new approach to professional development in a smaller, focused format. ______________________________________________________________ How does micro-credentialing work? Professionals complete a discrete, competency-based task. The organization offering the micro-credentialing opportunity can then issue badges, continuing education credits, or other verification of completion. What might this process look like in practice? Let’s say a K12 school district typically offers face-to-face courses for teachers’ professional development. Teachers sign on and attend a number of hours of training and are then awarded continuing professional development, or CPD, credit for participating in those workshop trainings. If that same K12 school district redesigned the learning using the micro-credentialing approach, several components would change, including: ● The time unit would be smaller. It’s easier for busy educators to fit a 15- or 30-minute professional development session into their busy schedules. ● The learning experience is skill based and related to on-the-job tasks. Putting literacy groups into action! ● Teachers participate in a round-robin of 15-minute classroom observations [...]
Education hashtags on Twitter are a powerful way to sort information. The hashtag #studentsfirst has been popular this August as educators prepare to head back into classrooms. Recent conferences such as NPC17 and ISTE17 energized the education community this summer. Providing educators with resources and supports seems to be a surefire way to make sure that student needs are met completely. As the old adage goes, teachers who remember to put their own oxygen masks on first are well equipped for a new school year. What should be in a teacher’s tool kit? A solid plan for classroom management. Whether the students are graduate or kindergarten level, whether the classroom is digital or face to face, building a learning community and establishing norms for communication is important. Many teachers are fans of The First Days of School by Harry K. and Rosemary T. Wong. For digital classrooms—there’s an app for that! Engaging resources for students, mapped to curriculum goals. This is where things can get tricky for teachers. Do engaging [...]
Teacher workloads are immense. Between planning engaging lessons to meet student needs and staying up to date with the latest technology, teachers are in dire need of support. The recent 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Educator Confidence Report highlights some of the teacher needs surrounding professional development and educational technology. "Among the largest barriers to effective education technology integration are lack of time to plan for implementation of digital resources into instruction (46%), a shortage of devices in the classroom (40%), and lack of access to technology-focused professional development (48%)." Digital resources are plentiful. A teacher might sit down to lesson plan and visit a site like https://www.oercommons.org/. Some materials are curated, but teachers still need to filter and search by subject, standard, and grade level. Then the teacher must review the resource to ensure it maps to the lesson objective and is appropriate for the age group. Correlating freely available digital resources to a district curriculum map takes time. What if you had a way to save teachers time and provide students with engaging, appropriate, freely [...]
Use these three steps to encourage learning outside the box.
The Pence play.
People are working more in the U.S.
Conflict of interest for Mr. Trump?
The death of Fidel Castro.