Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating that an educator has demonstrated their application of a specific competency, which could be a pedagogical concept such as formative assessment within a lesson, maximizing learning through classroom routines, or supporting learner collaboration. Rather than learning by watching, reading, or listening alone, micro-credentials promote learning by doing, that is, educators must apply their learnings in their practice and collect a portfolio of evidence, thereby demonstrating their competence.
- Competency-based – Educators focus on a discrete skill.
- Research-backed – Each micro-credential focuses on effective teaching practices that have been validated through published research.
- On-demand – Educators can earn micro-credentials on their own time.
- Personalized – Educators can select the micro-credentials they wish to earn based on their needs or instructional goals.
- Shareable – Educators can display their digital badge on their resume, blog, or LinkedIn.
Micro-credentials available through the BloomBoard platform are issued by leading educator training organizations including EVERFI, the Center for Teaching Quality, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and PDAnywhere and focus on a variety of skills such as building classroom culture, collaborative problem solving, and growth mindset.
“Micro-credentials are a great resource for our district. In addition to creating an environment of continuous professional learning, they’ve allowed us to provide our educators with choice in their PD while compensating individuals for their professional growth. This individualized approach has been really popular for our team and we are excited to expand the program going forward.”
Kristie Martorelli, Professional Learning Coordinator at Dysart Unified School District
How Micro-credentials Work
Each micro-credential goes through a thorough approval process to ensure that it:
- Focuses on a single competency
- Requires the submission of evidence
- Includes a rubric to guide the development of quality evidence
To earn a micro-credential from the BloomBoard platform, educators must submit artifacts of learning from work in their classrooms, such as student work samples, classroom videos, or reflections, as evidence that they have achieved competency of the discrete skill outlined by the micro-credential. Certified assessors will review this evidence and award the micro-credential once the competency is demonstrated.
Once a micro-credential has been earned, educators may be eligible for formal professional development credit (e.g. CEUs) or graduate-level credit. Learn more about these educator incentives.
Moving to Micro-credentials
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