Digital Promise and co-hosts CCSSO and Learning Forward are hosting a convening to discuss the growing micro-credential ecosystem and the opportunities and challenges for states and districts.

At this convening, state and district leaders, micro-credential issuers, and other stakeholders will explore how micro-credentials can be recognized through continuing education units, for teacher re-licensure, in support of hiring, and more. Participants will discuss implications for validating growth, strengthening learning systems, and supporting state-level goals and priorities.

We will be adding session titles and speakers as they are confirmed, so stay tuned to this event page.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

  • 5:00 Registration & Welcome Reception
  • 6:00 Opening Session
  • 7:00 Dinner and Teacher Panel

Thursday, September 14, 2017

  • 7:30 Registration & Coffee and Breakfast
  • 8:30 Opening Session
  • 9:00 Panel Discussion with State and District Leaders and Issuers
    • Machel Mills, Tennessee Department of Education
    • Jill Snell, Baltimore County Public Schools
    • Ann Coffman, National Education Association
    • Jim Short, Carnegie Corporation of NY
    • Mary Ann Wolf, Friday Institute
  • 10:15 Morning Breakout Sessions – Engage with micro-credential recognition strategies with Challenge Based Learning
    • Financial Recognition: This session will focus on the mechanisms through which educators can earn financial compensation for the micro-credentials they earn. Participants will explore what changes or systems might be required to provide educators with direct stipends, base salary increases, or other forms of monetary compensation for their micro-credentials.
      • Facilitators: Patricia Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District; Odelia Younge, Digital Promise
    • CEUs and Other Professional Development: This session will focus on the mechanisms through which educators can earn CEUs or other professional development credits for the micro-credentials they earn. Participants will explore what changes or systems might be required to incorporate micro-credentials into existing professional development recognition structures.
      • Facilitators: Stephanie Hirsh, Learning Forward; Jim Beeler, Digital Promise
    • Career Pathways: This session will focus on the mechanisms through which micro-credentials can provide educators with access to new career pathways. Participants will explore what changes or systems might be required to build meaningful career pathways through micro-credentials and incorporate them into state or district human capital policies.
      • Facilitators: Krystle Basset, Juab School District; Jennifer Kabaker, Digital Promise
    • Licensure and Relicensure: This session will focus on how micro-credentials can be used to support the educator licensure process by professional and state organizations. Participants will explore what changes or systems might be required to design and implement a licensure system that relies on micro-credentials rather than traditional seat-time based measures, with a particular eye towards how educators earn endorsements.  
      • Facilitators: Mary Dean Barringer, Council of Chief State School Officers; Christine Yarzabek, Digital Promise
    • Pre-service Credentialing: This session will focus on how micro-credentials can effectively be used as part of pre-service credentialing for educators. Participants will explore the changes or system that might be required to integrate micro-credentials into human capital decision making and existing credentialing systems.
      • Facilitator: Janice Poda, Learning Forward; Karen Cator, Digital Promise
    • Un-conference: Participants who would like to engage in other conversations can do so in the unconference area.
      • Facilitators: Rob Bajor, Digital Promise: Hashim Pipkin, Digital Promise
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Whole Group Session – Report on discussions and share questions
  • 1:30 Afternoon Breakout Sessions – Investigate and Act on micro-credential recognition strategies (cont. from the morning)
  • 4:00 Closing Session – Presentations and Commitment to Action
  • 5:00 Closing Reception

Registration is now open. Please refer to the invitation email for instructions on registering.

Digital Promise has reserved a block of rooms at the Gaylord National Resort. Follow this link to reserve your room.

This event is invite-only. If you have any questions or would like to have a colleague receive an invitation, please email microcredentials@digitalpromise.org.