Micro-credential Program

Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

A competency-based learning program to help educators implement structures to nurture positive relationships and develop inclusive and supportive practices in their classroom

Register Your Teachers


6 Weeks
Starting Early November


Online Facilitated National Cohort

Program Developer

Tom Hierck

Building a positive learning culture is key to promoting the success of students both academically and behaviorally. Developing positive teacher-student relationships is one of the most effective steps an educator can make towards achieving this positive learning culture. In this micro-credential, learners implement structures to nurture positive relationships and develop inclusive and supportive practices in their classrooms so all students achieve the desired outcomes.

Learn by Doing

After learning about the topic and strategies of developing positive teacher-student relationships through curated learning resources, participants will engage in online facilitated discussions to support learning goals and provide feedback on implementation and demonstration of competence.

The educator will implement apply tactics to nurture positive relationships either in small groups or in whole-group instruction, and it can happen as part of a stand-alone activity or be integrated into a content lesson.

Developed by Tom Hierck

The Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relationships micro-credential is developed by Tom Hierck — a best selling author, speaker, and educator. He’s written several books on building positive learning environments and culture. He has worked with district and school leaders on the design and implementation of structures and programs that promote effective practice and produce positive results.

Tom has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.

Why Enroll in the Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Program?

This cohort provides a unique opportunity for educators looking for personalized professional development with the option to learn with and from colleagues throughout the United States. Participants will:

  • Gain immediately applicable classroom strategies for nurturing positive relationships with students
  • Cultivate the capacities of a contemporary teacher and professional learner including the skills to self-assess, self-motivate and create individual professional learning paths and networks
  • Demonstrate competence via a micro-credential that will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Optional graduate credit is available.

Packages and Pricing

Registration closes on October 31, 2017.
Reserve space for your district teachers today — you can select and change specific program participants until 10 days prior to the start of the program.

2 Educators

$ 250

Add an Administrator for $100Reserve

Up to 5 Educators

$ 500

Plus 1 Free Administrator Seat*Reserve

Up to 10 Educators"Most Popular"

$ 1,000

Plus 2 Free Administrator Seats*Reserve

10+ Educators


Plus Free Administrator Seats*Reserve

* As a bonus, an administrator from your district will be eligible to enroll in our separate administrator-focused micro-credential program, Cultivating Growth Mindset, free of charge when a district signs up for the Up To 5 Educators package — sign up for the Up To 10 Educators package and you can enroll two administrators into this program.

Facilitated Cross-district Cohorts

Learning together in a group promotes collaboration and accountability. To enable this, learning programs offered through BloomBoard are structured into cohorts and typically include educators of all experience levels who are focused on achieving a specific learning goal. BloomBoard supports learning cohorts of all sizes and will provide pacing guidelines to ensure all educators meet their learning goal by the target completion date.

Program Facilitator | Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon (AKA: JGo) is a Senior Learning Strategist at BloomBoard and has helped thousands of educators earn their micro-credentials. He will ensure educators are effectively utilizing the BloomBoard platform and successfully complete their micro-credential. He will play an instrumental role in fostering collaboration, providing guidance and relevant learning resources, and conducting individual check-ins with each educator to ensure progress.

JGo brings more than 18 years in education from pre-school to high school and from Washington D.C. to Morocco as a social studies teacher, director of equity and inclusion, and middle school principal. He graduated from Yale University and earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.

These micro-credentials are rigorous, adaptable, and allow for the all-important step of reflection that teachers rarely have time to do.

The links, additional resources and shared information from the other participants was the most valuable part of the whole experience. It is a true professional learning community.

I've learned so much and will continue to use what I've learned and share with colleagues. Thank you for this opportunity!

Pre-register Your District

Pre-register Your District

What Are Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are modular, competency-based credentials for professional learning that recognize demonstrated mastery of skills and prior knowledge. Micro-credentials are:

  • 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.

How Micro-credentials Work

Each micro-credential goes through an approval process with Digital Promise, the thought leaders in competency-based education. To guide the development of micro-credentials, Digital Promise has designed a framework to ensure that each micro-credential:

  • Focuses on a single competency
  • Has a key method that is backed by research
  • Requires the submission of evidence
  • Includes a rubric or scoring guide

Incentives for Educators

After earning the Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relationships micro-credential, teachers will have demonstrated competency in implementing structures to nurture positive relationships and developing inclusive and supportive practices in their classroom. Additionally they can:

  • Apply the micro-credential toward relicensure, recertification and continuing education requirements (CEUs)
  • Earn non-degree bearing graduate-level credit
  • Display and share their earned micro-credential badge

Reserve Space for Teachers in Your District

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What is BloomBoard

BloomBoard is the professional learning platform that is changing the way educators grow and learn by facilitating a shift toward ‘learning by doing’ using micro-credentials. Our competency-based professional learning programs provide state and district leaders with an effective way to offer educators personalized learning opportunities specific to their growth goals and recognize them (both formally and informally) for the skills they’ve demonstrated in the classroom.

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