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Getting Started with Micro-credentials

Learn how micro-credentials, a shareable digital badge, can recognize educators for professional learning throughout their career.

Effective Teacher Professional Development

This report from The Learning Institute reviewed results of 35 previous studies to find a positive link in helping teachers to improve teaching methods and their students’ learning and test scores. The report found that effective professional development should focus on the academic subjects’ content, incorporate active learning, encourage collaboration, provide coaching, and be of sustained duration, among other things.

Social-Emotional Learning: A Systematic Approach that Leads to Student Success

CASEL and Atlanta Public Schools discuss why social and emotional learning (SEL) is important and what it means to approach the work systemically. They discuss what is working, what is challenging, what results they are experiencing, and how this important work is paving the way for other districts.

Moving PD from Seat-Time to Demonstrated Competency Using Micro-credentials

The essential educators’ guide to implementing personalized, competency-based professional learning.

From Inputs to Outputs: The Great Migration to Competency-Based PD

Leaders from the Florida, Tennessee, and Delaware Departments of Education discuss a shift from focusing on PD inputs to PD outputs. Find out what each state's work on competency-based professional development using micro-credentials, what changes they believe states and districts will look to make in the future, and what the impact on teacher quality and retention will be.

Driving Educator Growth with Google for Education

Join Google for Education and Maine Township High School District 207, for a conversation successful implementation of Google for Education tools districtwide, and how your district can leverage the power of micro-credentials to help teachers become proficient — technically and pedagogically — in integrating Google into their classrooms to improve their instruction.

A Successful Data-Driven Framework to Empower Instructional Growth

Learn how Hot Springs Public School District's growth mindset culture powers a successful professional learning planning process and how the BloomBoard platform supports and amplifies those strategies and plans.

Microcredentials: Teacher learning transformed

Micro-credentials offer a new way for teachers to document their learning using work samples, videos, and other artifacts and have the potential to transform professional development. Read this article to learn more about micro-credentials and how they work.

From the Mirage to Reality: The Future of Professional Learning

Over the past decade, numerous research reports have concluded that current teacher professional development and certification processes are outdated and ineffective. In this webinar, Daniel Weisberg, CEO of TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project), is interviewed by Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to discuss the findings of The Mirage report and where the field of educator professional learning is headed.

Micro-Credentials: The Badges of Professional Growth

Learn why school administrators in Tennessee are individualizing teachers’ professional development through micro-credentials, plus gain a better understanding of what they are and how they work.

Can ‘Micro-credentialing’ Salvage Teacher PD?

Kettle Moraine School District in Wisconsin is implementing micro-credentials as part of a personalized, competency-based PD plan with direct impact on teacher compensation. Learn more about their innovative approach and the rise of micro-credential adoption in other states in this informative read from EdWeek.

Trauma-Informed Instruction: What Every Administrator Needs to Know

Hosted by Leora Wolf-Prusan, Ed.D. (School Climate & Student Support Specialist at WestEd) and Lara Kain (Senior Director of Transform Schools at Los Angeles Education Partnership), this webinar covers the foundation of what a trauma-informed instructional model means, the competencies that are most critical for all teachers to know, and how school leaders can best support their staff in leveraging this powerful model to improve outcome for all kids.

Micro-credentials: Driving Teacher Learning and Leadership

A potential solution for strengthening professional development is at hand: micro-credentials for educators. In this paper supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Barnett Berry of CTQ and Karen Cator of Digital Promise explore the potential of micro-credentialing to support teacher and leader development.

Competency-Based Micro-Credentials for Educators: Powerful Lessons from Two Years in the Field

A new report from Teaching Matters details the promise of competency-based professional development, coupled with "micro-credentials," by examining three recent experiences with this growing way to meet school systems’ needs.

7 Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials

Lauren Acree from Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University recaps experience with offering micro-credential for Learning Differences.

How to Create a Competency-Based Teacher Development Program: 10 Best Practices for Success

Competency-based education has disrupted classrooms across the nation, offering flexibility of place and pace for student learning. This movement toward more personalized models goes for teachers as well. In a world where professional development is left to ‘blanket’ methods like conferences, competency-based learning allows teachers to take charge of their own development.

5 Ways to Create Better Teacher Support Systems

Teachers who receive high-quality professional development witness their students’ achievement results improve by an average of 21 percentile points. In this eBook, we discuss how to create and structure a meaningful and effective support system that will help teachers strengthen their classroom practices.

Supporting Teacher Growth and Professional Development

Watch three school administrators share how they support the growth and professional development of their educators.

Becoming a Teacher Leader: 5 Daily Actions to Implement in Your Practice

We conducted research in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers as part of a larger project to understand commonalities and opportunities for collaboration across state lines in key areas of educator effectiveness. Read the blog post to find out what we uncovered — the results may surprise you!

Infographic: Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning

In order to move to a competency-based system, we should take advantage of the opportunity to model that approach for those at the head of the classroom: teachers.

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place.

Making Professional Learning Count, Recognizing Educators’ Skills with Micro-credentials

A new study commissioned by Digital Promise and conducted by research firm Grunwald Associates, this research report examines the attitudes of a nationally representative sample of 856 K-12 teachers toward professional development and competency-based micro-credentials.

What Do Teachers Want from Their Professional Development?

We’ve known for a long time that no two students learn the same way. So why should learning for teachers still be one-size-fits-all? As instruction becomes increasingly personalized for students, teachers are ready for those same principles to drive their on-going professional development.

Rethinking Educator Professional Development with Micro-credentials

Tom Vander Ark sits down with Jennifer Kabaker, Director of Educator Micro-Credentials at Digital Promise and Jason Lange, Bloomboard CEO, to talk about what micro-credentials look like, how research can be used to support personalization of teacher development, and why this will impact the future of educator development. Listen to the podcast.

Fostering a Culture of Growth 101: Mindset

Get an introduction to growth mindset, and explore how a growth or fixed mindset at any level of a school will affect the culture of teaching and learning - and what you can do to lead a more positive community. Watch for a refresher or new learning about the importance of modeling, leading, and providing the supports necessary to foster a culture of growth mindset with your staff and students.

Fostering a Culture of Growth 102: Coaching & Goal Setting

Learn how quality goal-setting and targeted coaching affect the culture of teaching and learning at your school - and what you can do to lead a more empowered community of professionals. Watch for a refresher or new learning about the importance of goal setting, measuring progress, and providing the supports necessary to boost performance with your staff.

Fostering a Culture of Growth 103: Teacher Support Systems and Collaboration

Learn how support systems for teachers and faculty collaboration affect the culture of teaching and learning - and what you can do to lead a more unified community. Watch for a refresher or new learning about the importance of designing, implementing, and protecting the structures necessary to foster a culture of growth with your staff.

Fostering a Culture of Growth 104: Cultivating Mindsets in Students

Once staff culture has been established to reinforce a professional growth mindset, school leaders can shift focus to the culture of teaching and learning within classrooms. Watch for a refresher or new learning about how teachers can model and cultivate a culture of growth mindset with students - and how school leaders serve as facilitators in this important undertaking.

The Three Big R’s That Drive Teacher Satisfaction

You may know about the three small r’s that drive student improvement: rigor, relevance, and relationships. Check out this post to learn about the three Big R’s that drive teacher satisfaction and how you can bring out the best in educators.

How to Create a Successful Competency-based Development Program

Within the last year, competency-based education has disrupted classrooms across the nation, offering flexibility of place and pace for student learning. This movement toward more personalized models goes for teachers as well. In a world where professional development is left to ‘blanket’ methods like conferences, competency-based learning allows teachers to take charge of their own development.

8 Ways to Motivate Your Teachers to Take Charge of Their PD

Professional development is one of the most important ways to build strong teachers and improve morale. In this blog post, we outline eight ways you can you can help your teachers get the most out of their professional development.

A Successful Framework to Empower Instructional Growth and Competency Based Learning

Learn how you can drive more effective professional learning across your school or district by using a framework for instructional improvement focused on data and mastery rather than seat time and credit hours.

Personalizing PD for K12 Educators: Five Strategies and a Checklist to Get Started

This K12 Administrator's Checklist provides strategies for personalized professional development and guidance on what to look for in tools for your educators.

Why Schools Should Shift Away from Curricula to a Teacher-Centric Approach

BloomBoard CEO & Co-founder Jason Lange explores the U.S. education system's emphasis on curriculum over teacher quality.

Make More Time for Professional Learning By “Flipping” Your Staff Meetings

Administrators bend over backward to create positive learning environments for students, but they often neglect to do the same for teachers. In this guide, BloomBoard CEO, Jason Lange, outlines seven tips to make staff meetings more efficient and build in professional learning time.

D.C. Public Schools: Empowering Teachers and Promoting Accountability

When District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) realized that it was struggling with teacher development, it turned out to be a problem caused not by a lack of resources, but by a lack of organization. Learn how the district used BloomBoard to understand which professional development offerings teachers were interested in, help teachers on those development efforts, and track their participation.

3 Keys of Planning a Teacher-Centered Professional Development Strategy

Teachers are constantly striving to improve their skills so they can, in turn, improve their students’ learning. Here are a few key steps for planning teacher-centered PD that inspires growth and helps teachers reach their personal goals.

Teacher Leadership Opportunities

View CCSSO and BloomBoard survey results from polling state leaders and teachers on opportunities for teacher leadership. There is a large opportunity to provide more targeted professional development to foster great leaders.

The Educator’s Voice: Feedback, Leadership, and BloomBoard

Dr. Kevin Aten, Chief Human Resources Officer at Greeley-Evans School District 6, shares an outline of how the district worked to improve educators’ practice over the past three years with the support of BloomBoard. Learn about the district's strategy and plans moving forward.

Belmont University: Developing More Effective Teachers

Students seeking to earn their teaching certification through the Master of Education program at Belmont University faced not only the challenge of a difficult course load, but also issues with the functionality of the program itself. Download our latest case study to learn how Belmont University is using BloomBoard to provide candidates in the teaching certification program with a positive and inspiring process of learning.

The Learning Our Teachers Deserve

Too many of our teachers have had to suffer through one-off, lecture-style

Support your educators with personalized growth plans that improve school and district performance.