Prioritize Your Professional Development This Year with These New Micro-credentials - Digital Promise

Prioritize Your Professional Development This Year with These New Micro-credentials

January 13, 2022 | By

Many of the micro-credentials we launched in 2021 focus on topics such as learner variability, digital fluency, STEM, flexible mindsets, early literacy, and more. Our research-backed micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills, regardless of where and how they learned them.

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning.

Over the last many months, we’ve launched more than 50 micro-credentials from our partners, and the ecosystem is growing every day.

Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C)

BB2C fosters student, business, and civic relationships to inspire career choice through experience, entrepreneurship, and education. With BB2C’s first micro-credential, they verify the educator’s skill in developing and implementing real world, problem-based learning with community partners.*

Carey Institute for Global Good

In partnership with the United Nations Refugee Agency, the institute published Teaching for Refugees: Building Knowledge, where educators demonstrate their knowledge of students’ backgrounds and identify resources for individual student needs.

Digital Promise & Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Schools and districts looking to support their educators or individual educators looking for streamlined resources to improve their skills centering on learner variability; designing accessible learning experiences; building family and community partnerships; project-based learning; virtual reality; augmented reality; digital fluency; and diversity in the teaching practice.

Delaware Department of Education

The Delaware Department of Education has added to their 17 early literacy micro-credentials that were launched in 2020 with 12 new micro-credentials to support early literacy throughout the state.*

Institute for Student Achievement (ISA)

The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) has published their first micro-credential, Maze Moments, where educators demonstrate how to support students in developing problem-solving skills and creating a positive academic mindset. Students are able to recognize ways that they get “stuck” in coursework, and learn ways to become “unstuck.”.

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)

Longtime micro-credential advocate Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative has released a variety of micro-credentials in their Teaching Students with Disabilities stack.

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Thailand fosters engineering leaders through hands-on learning, education innovation, real-world research, and entrepreneurship. The university creates and drives changes for a strong and sustainable global society. KMUTT has launched Self-Motivation and Becoming Transformational Leaders, as well as Designing a Task-based Activity in a Foreign Language Classroom, which aims to help learners improve their language performance in a foreign language classroom.

National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC’s mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. In late 2021, NAGC launched their stack of three micro-credentials, Gifted & Talented Education, where differentiation, identification, and the social-emotional needs of gifted children are the content focus.

STEM Minds

STEM Minds’ mission is to make STEM education accessible to children across the globe by working with parents and schools to provide in-person classes, live virtual workshops, and on-demand courses for kids ages 4-18 that complement a school board education. The team at STEM Minds have developed a series of micro-credentials that validate skills relating to video game design, coding, robotics, and digital art and media.*

Teach for America – Las Vegas

Teach for America Las Vegas has published their first micro-credential, Solving Challenges Using Design Thinking in a K-12 Classroom. The micro-credential centers on how educators can facilitate a design thinking experience with students to solve real-world challenges.

TGR Foundation

The TGR Foundation’s mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education. Through innovative STEM coursework, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, TGR Foundation provides resources and support to help youth connect their passions to their purpose. In their Learning through Inquiry micro-credential stack, educators demonstrate inquiry practices they use in their learning environment, as well as inquiry-aligned assessments.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee launched a stack of micro-credentials supporting efforts to lead instructional changes in STEM subjects that include identifying design principles and professional development shifts.* In addition, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee released the Developing Conceptual Understanding Through Task Selection in Math & Science micro-credential, in which educators demonstrate their competency in implementing tasks and evaluation in the math or science classroom.

UTeach Computer Science

UTeach Computer Science provides classroom-ready high school computer science curricula and teacher professional development to foster computational thinking and engage all students through hands-on project-based learning. UTeach released an additional three micro-credentials: Code Tracing, whereby the code-reading strategy is developed and understood; Active & Equitable Recruitment Strategies, in which educators demonstrate their competency in implementing equitable recruitment strategies; and Planning before Programming, where educators engage students in planning activities that support the development of effective computer programs and help streamline the programming process.

WGU

WGU is focused on expanding access to education around the country. They’ve innovated with students in mind, giving them the flexibility and freedom they need to succeed in today’s workplace. Their latest micro-credential stack centers on the learning process for students, educators, and the school community to understand and care about core values, for a healthy, informed community.*

If you are interested in developing your own micro-credentials, contact us.

*Denotes a privately hosted micro-credential stack.

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