Stinkin Badges

An innovation team in Richland Two led by Tami Lenker worked with teachers to design a badging program that has scaled district-wide.

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In early 2014, a team of technology coaches and media specialists from Blythewood High and Ridge View High in Richland Two (Columbia, SC) came together to "wreck that PD" and design a better way to engage teachers in professional learning experiences. They made their final pitch to join our R2 Innovates innovation incubator and were given the time and resources to design a new program with the help of teachers from both high schools. The program personalizes learning for teachers and encourages them to work in small PLCs to achieve their learning goals. 

The teachers wanted to gamify the program and called it "Tee Time." From their ideas, our district team was able to develop a district-wide "Level Up" micro-credentialing system. I am amazed and inspired by the team's work and grateful to them for making professional learning engaging and meaningful to teachers.

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I like badges to visually show that continued learning and skill building are encouraged. I also like them because they show teachers peers that they can seek out when they have questions. I'd love to have badges for both technical skills (Skype Guru) and teaching skills (Assessment Avenger, Classroom Coordinator, Project Purveyor).

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