New Partnership Will Provide Micro-Credentials to Teachers
new partnership between a company that provides
professional development for educators and a nonprofit that attempts to
innovation in educational opportunities will provide teachers with a
variety of micro-credentials.
a technology platform that helps
teachers set their professional development goals and then recommends
third-party providers to help meet them, will work with Digital
Promise, the nonprofit
working to accelerate innovation in education, to create the
are meant to
recognize teachers' professional development and efforts to expand
knowledge base and teaching methods. Educators will apply for and earn
credentials through an online system that offers criteria about the
required to earn them. Once earned, they can add the credentials to
portfolio, carry those on to other positions or share what they learned
their fellow educators.
throughout the course of their careers and micro-credentials are a way
support and strengthen professional practice," said Digital Promise
and CEO Karen Cator.
Promise will identify
and curate the micro-credentials while BloomBoard will provide the
teachers need to the content.
always looking for new
ways to support personal learning and professional growth for
BloomBoard CEO and Co-Founder Jason Lange.
first set of about 100 micro-credentials
includes topics like deeper learning, data literacy and teacher
meet the criteria for attaining the micro-credentials, similar to
teachers will have access to BloomBoard's library of professional
two partners demonstrated
the need for the micro-credentialing system with the results of a recent report by Digital Promise that found that nearly 70 percent of educators surveyed said they want
professional learning activities.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.