Implementation Roadmap

The six phases in this roadmap support effective micro-credential implementation, which can be thought of as a cycle. Each phase of the roadmap can be used to address the following questions:

  • Exploration: How can we bolster our professional learning system through competency-based learning for educators?
  • Planning: What are the major goals we hope to accomplish through a micro-credential pilot?
  • Preparation: How do we develop the necessary system(s), policies, and culture to implement a pilot aligned to our goals?
  • Implementation: What activities do we need to engage in to launch a pilot poised for impact?
  • Supporting, Engaging, and Tracking: How can we ensure we are meeting the needs of various stakeholders as the pilot progresses?
  • Reflection, Calibration, and Resetting: What are our indicators for success and improvement to help us design an even better pilot for the next cycle?

Each phase is part of the larger sequence we recommend districts and schools take to ensure their micro-credential implementation effort empowers educators, enriches classroom instruction, and is well-positioned for scale.

I. A Primer on Micro-credentials and Competency-Based Professional Learning

Description: This document provides an introduction to Digital Promise’s micro-credentials and explains how they can strengthen competency-based professional learning systems.

Recommended Use: This resource can serve as an initial “level-set” for staff to learn about micro-credentials and the larger field of competency-based professional learning.

Resource Type: Primer


II. Micro-credentials Introductory Infographic Video

Description: This video describes the concept of micro-credentials, the process required to earn one, and the ways educators can use micro-credentials.

Recommended Use: This resource can be used to visually familiarize staff with the basic idea of micro-credentials. Some districts may decide to integrate this video into onboarding materials for educators.

Resource Type: YouTube File


III. Making Professional Learning Count

Description: This report highlights the importance of effective professional development for educators and summarizes teachers’ attitudes toward competency-based professional learning.

Recommended Use: This resource can be used to introduce district staff to the concept of competency-based professional learning and to begin thinking of how their current PD structures compare to trends from the field.

Resource Type: Report


IV. Micro-credentials: Igniting Impact in the Ecosystem

Resource Description: This collection of case studies from current micro-credential partners identifies the ways micro-credentials can be used to address various challenges.

Recommended Use: This resource provides on-the-ground perspectives from states, districts, and issuers on micro-credential implementation. These case studies can help districts probe their own PD landscape to prepare for micro-credential implementation.

Resource Type: Report

I. Professional Learning Strategic Goal Setting Quickstart

Resource Description: This resource outlines some of the questions districts should consider when they begin their micro-credential implementations.

Recommended Use: This resource can be used to isolate a vision and identify associated goals around micro-credential implementation.

Resource Type: Questionnaire


II. Educator Professional Learning Temperature Survey

Resource Description: This sample questionnaire asks educators to describe their professional learning experiences, both district-provided and otherwise.

Recommended Use: This resource can be used to gauge the effectiveness of previous professional learning strategies.

Resource Type: Questionnaire/Survey


III. Digital Promise Micro-credential Implementation Plan

Resource Description: This template guides the creation of a step-by-step plan for micro-credential implementation.Recommended Use: Districts can use this resource to identify the necessary outcomes, metrics, and steps to move their professional learning strategy around micro-credentials from conception to execution.

Resource Type: Template


IV. Micro-credentials for Impact: Holding Professional Learning to High Standards

Resource Description: This report explores the many areas districts must consider, from data to leadership, to ensure micro-credentials enable powerful educator professional learning.

Recommended Use: Districts can use this report to strategize on their focus areas for micro-credential implementation.

Resource Type: Report


V. Developing a System of Micro-credentials: Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Resource Description: This report describes the development of the Deeper Learning micro-credentials to show how they support academic and socio-emotional student growth.

Recommended Use: Districts can use this report to support planning of specific micro-credential catalogues aligned to academic and social priorities for students.

Resource Type: Report

I. Micro-credentials: Spurring Educator Engagement

Resource Description: This report highlights several strategies for recognizing or incentivizing micro-credentials that are currently in implementation.

Recommended Use: This report can be used as a starting point for districts to plan micro-credential recognition structures for their educators.

Resource Type: Report


II. Preparing for Micro-credential Implementation Best Practices

Resource Description: This guide shares recommendations gathered from district and state leaders who have led highly-engaged micro-credential pilots.

Recommended Use: These best practices can be used to answer potential questions related to starting a micro-credential pilot and shape its strategic direction.

Resource Type: Guide


III. Educator Professional Learning Journey Infographic

Resource Description: This infographic describes how micro-credentials can support an educator’s professional growth throughout their career.

Recommended Use: This graphic can be included in introductory content that is shared with educators to orient them to the concept and process around micro-credentials.

Resource Type: Infographic

I. Getting Started Technical Platform Video

Resource

Description: This video walks educators through the technical stages of earning a micro-credential.

Recommended Use: During educator onboarding, this resource can be used to assist educators as they navigate the technical aspects of earning a micro-credential.

Resource Type: YouTube File


II. Steps to Earning a Micro-credential Infographic

Resource Description: This infographic describes the four steps to earn a micro-credential.

Recommended Use: Districts can include this graphic in educator micro-credential onboarding and/or posted around schools and teacher lounges to encourage micro-credential submission.

Resource Type: Infographic


III. Pre-pilot Teacher Survey
Coordinate with the educator micro-credentials team at microcredentials@digitalpromise.org to discuss the process for accessing this resource.

I. Leveraging Social Media for Educator Engagement and Growth

Resource Description: This guide highlights how a variety of social media tools can be used to strengthen the experiences of educators during the pilot.

Recommended Use: This guide can support districts design a social media strategy that will support educators throughout the pilot.

Resource Type: Guide

Post-pilot Teacher Survey
Coordinate with the educator micro-credentials team at microcredentials@digitalpromise.org to discuss the process for accessing this resource.