Mississippi District Shifts to Competency-Based Professional Development
School District will move to a personalized, competency-based
professional development. The district, which has more than 300
nine schools, will work with BloomBoard,
a company with a digital platform that
brings together professional development resources and
provide competency-based learning for teachers.
Teachers in the district will have access to
collections of curated
professional development resources that are designed to support the
needs of each teacher. In addition, teachers will have access to
meeting rooms where they can collaborate with peers and mentors.
Educators in the Mississippi district will be able
to earn more than 200
micro-credentials that demonstrate their skills in everything from data
literacy and teacher leadership to deeper learning, blended learning,
for understanding and STEM teaching practices. They will work in a
competency-based atmosphere, which means they will receive
for skills they learn — or may already have — as opposed to earning
completing a certain prescribed course.
Micro-credentials are digital certifications that
allow a person to show
competency in a specific skill set. BloomBoard works with nonprofit Digital
Promise, which provides
the micro-credentials, issued by a number of organizations, including
"We are especially excited
about the potential to use micro-credentials to better recognize the
achievements and competencies of our faculty," said Columbus Municipal
District Superintendent Philip W.V. Hickman.
BloomBoard CEO Jason Lange
said, "We believe the key to improving student achievement lies with
sure teachers are supported in their professional growth.
a compelling vehicle for delivering personalized opportunities for
continuously learn and improve their practice."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.