Microcredentials for Educator Growth and Learning

How might we #ReImaginePD? Digital badges FTW!!!

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"What if conversations about technology in schools started with a discussion of the kinds of learning experiences we want for students?" - www.ilearnmaine.org

Maine is taking the lead in the #ReImaginePD realm with a new initiative to promote teacher growth and learning with a digital microcredentialing system.  Creating authentic and meaningful PD experiences while also enhancing and growing a digital portfolio can support teachers in ways beyond conferences and faculty meetings ever could.  

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Teachers need to be proactive in this process.  They need to find areas of weakness and set out to find Professional Development that will address those weaknesses.  Admin could help by building a growth model in their evaluation process.

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Kali Kurdy ,
I like the idea of managing the PD badging.  Supervisors could recommend badges to earn.  Other teachers could also (maybe anonymously).   There should be a user-friendly search engine for teachers to type problems or situations and have it recommend a badge(s).
It's a shame that PD in education comes up short.  I have friends in other people-intensive fields (e.g., investments, accounting, etc) and they take training seriously.

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Recently, I have been advocating for badges and certificates for teachers who receive PD who can move it right into their classroom and provide proof of learning from it.  Using those in a digital portfolio really makes sense to me.

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I feel we have to build a culture of autonomy and control over PD, and reward that proactive behavior.  If our culture of learning is intended to be intrinsically motivated and individualized for our students, we must model that ourselves, and the system we design needs to mirror effective learning practices for both adults and children.

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Matthew, have you read the Mirage report?  It speaks directly to your comments.  Most PD does not improve instruction, and there is even slimmer chances it will improve student learning.  We need to laser focus on where we are the weakest and find PD to help us in that area.

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I have read it.  I think part of the problem with PD is connectivity to authenticity.  The conference model is efficient for those putting on the workshop, but is highly lacking in efficiency for actual
implementation.  This is why we need a new model; one that's based on principles of learning vs principles
of economics.

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Will you add the link to your google doc to the post?  Would be helpful for ppl to be able to view it. ;-) 
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Please add me to the doc as well: mfb16@scasd.org

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Matthew,
Have you started to flesh this out in anyway? Would starting a google doc or such help? (sorry--fell off the side of the earth for a week :)

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I haven't done anything more with it yet here.  I'm developing a plan in my district to use Microcredentials in a standards-based learning environment to support earning a proficiency-based diploma (a Maine-law), so this idea will go along with that one in designing a comprehensive system... but, as I said, I have let it be for little bit.  If you are interested in helping me flesh it out sooner vs later, a google doc is probably the best way to do it.  Thanks!

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That would be great--Do you want me to start a doc or would you rather? My email is msjlura@gmail.com.

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I'd also like to be included in a GDOC.  My e-mail is faigj at stpatsdc dot org...thanks

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Google Doc created and shared with you, John Faig .

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Google Doc created and shared with you, Jessica Lura .

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Matthew Drewette-Card can you add me as well? cnovack@pacificasd.org

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Yup! Added!

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I like the idea of micro-credentials for more transparency, which should lead to more collaboration.  It would be helpful for teachers to know who to seek for such skills as design thinking, classroom management, assessment design, project design, etc.

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Have you all seen Laura Fleming's work? http://www.worlds-of-learning-nmhs.com/

I'll try to get her in here!

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Love this idea, wondering about implementing something similar in my district, and whether or not the platform is free - anyone know? Can't tell from the surfing around I've done just now. 

I like how this process emphasizes work teachers are already doing, and, reliance on reflections. I see both of these as critical from operational and tactical standpoints. Reflections don't write themselves, but, the focus on current practice means the work stays grounded rather than being some "just in case" or worse, "theoretical" scenario. Thanks for sharing!

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Unsure about the cost, but creating Microcredentials is easy.  I use Credly a lot, and it can be done in s district as a digital portfolio for PD; an easy way for Ts to keep track of their certification requirements, AND can model good use of technology integration for Ts to bring back to the classroom.

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Matthew,
It's interesting that ilearnMaine is developing within the digital promise structure. Digital Promise really has expanded since they started.

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MicroCredentialling is something I only just learned about through this process (Still not entirely sure i understand how it works). A friend shared a MicroCredentialling site called "BloomBoard" with me a few days ago - and It might be worth reviewing.
 http://microcredentials.bloomboard.com/


They even have a microcredential for Design Thinking!  http://microcredentials.bloomboard.com/microcredential/10