Digital Promise documents the stories of educators, school leaders, and students from across the country who are engaging with micro-credentials. The video case studies below showcase the impact of micro-credentials on teaching and learning in a variety of contexts.
Digital Promise developed a set of 40 micro-credentials aligned to the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning framework. By earning these micro-credentials, educators can better design experiences that help students develop the skills necessary for success in career and college. These video case studies show these micro-credentials in practice in classrooms across the country.
Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Kettle Moraine School District
Kettle Moraine School District, located in Wales, Wisconsin, is committed to cultivating academic excellence, citizenship, and personal development in all their students. Educators at Kettle Moraine School District support the district’s commitment to personalized learning by earning “Deeper Learning” micro-credentials, which support them in empowering their students to think critically and work collaboratively in order to solve real-world problems.
Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Rancho Minerva Middle School
Rancho Minerva Middle School is located in Vista, California, a city in northwestern San Diego. Educators at Rancho Minerva Middle earn “Deeper Learning” micro-credentials to provide their students in grades 6-8 educational experiences that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, and self-directed learning.
Deeper Learning through Micro-credentials at Butler Tech High School
Butler Tech High School located in Hamilton, Ohio is one of Ohio’s largest career-technical schools. Students at Butler Tech choose from several different programs that help them experience real-world careers. The Teacher Academy at Butler Tech is one of these programs.
Butler Tech “Aspiring Educators” enrolled in the Teacher Academy have the opportunity to learn and apply teaching methods through workshops, off-site internships, and by conducting lessons with peers to prepare for their future classrooms.
Using the “Deeper Learning” framework and their related competency-based micro-credentials, Crissy Lauterbach, Director of the Teacher Academy, leads her Aspiring Educators in thinking critically about the skills and practices needed to be an effective teacher in today’s evolving society.
In partnership with Digital Promise, Educators Rising developed the Beginning to Teach micro-credentials to support new educators hone the foundational skills that will lead them on the path to career-long effective teaching.
The video case studies below showcase the experiences of students who are training to teach and how micro-credentials are supporting them in their journeys. These stories will leave you inspired and optimistic about the future of the teaching profession and the educators who will be leading it.
Smyrna High School Seniors Train with Micro-credentials for Careers in Teaching
The Educators Rising program at Smyrna High School in Smryna, Delaware is committed to leveraging micro-credentials to give high school students interested in a career in teaching the skills and practical experiences necessary to continue their training if they determine education is the career path for them. Smyrna High School also has a deep investment in “growing their own teachers” given the strong community pride there.
University of Central Florida Teaching Majors Prepare for the Profession through Micro-credentials
The University of Central Florida College of Education and Human Performance integrates micro-credentials into their student curriculum to give their teacher candidates an opportunity for deeper engagement with content explored in foundational courses. By earning micro-credentials, UCF teacher candidates are not only able to harness their practice, but also increase their marketability as they enter the profession.
Washington High School Seniors Prepare to Teach through Micro-credentials
The Educators Rising program at Washington High School offers micro-credentials to junior and senior students to refine their skills in “reflective practice.” Since many of the students at Washington High who will enter college to become teachers will be the first in their family to do so, the ability to reflect, plan, and implement change will be of unparalleled value to them.