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Embracing a Digital Mindset: Digital Badges for Professional Development

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Monday, June 24, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: 120A

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Amy Bennett   Paul Huggins   Andrea Lilley  
Explore how your district can better engage administrators, educators, and tech leaders in their professional development through the use of digital badges. You’ll learn how to implement digital badges and move from a paper-based demonstration of professional learning to a fully digital system.

Audience: Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Allocate time, resources and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

+ Explore the uses of a digital badging platform (Credly) and explain how it can be used to create, issue, and manage digital badges for professional development purposes.
+ Understand the cost benefits of transitioning from a paper-based professional development model to a fully digital one.
+ Discover a scalable and standardized approach to professional development through digital badges.
+ Connect session topic to ISTE standards of visionary leadership for administrators and learner and leader standards for educators.
+ Engage in an interactive Q&A with presenter.


A. What are digital badges? (3 min)
B. How digital badges were implemented in Beaufort County Schools. (14 min)
a. Courses recognized by badges.
b. Going paperless.
c. Teacher engagement and response.
C. What’s next for digital badges in the northeast region of North Carolina. (8 min)
a. Expansion to 14 counties.
b. Integration with Canvas.
D. Q&A (5 min)

Supporting research

Will, M. (2017, April 25). Teachers Customize Professional Development Through Microcredentials. Education Week. Available at

Diamond, J. & Gonzalez, P.C. (2016, June 30). Digital Badges for Professional Development: Teachers’ Perceptions of the Value of a New Credentialing Currency. Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials. Available at

Hart, M. (2015, January 14). Badges: A New Measure of Professional Development. Campus Technology. Available at

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Amy Bennett, Beaufort County School
Paul Huggins, Beaufort Co Schools

I am an energetic, ambitious director who has developed a mature and responsible approach to instructional technology and education. As a twenty one year educator, I am excellent in working with others to achieve any objective on time and with excellence. I am well versed in modern classroom educational technology. I am open-minded, patient and supportive toward other people, especially towards students.

Andrea Lilley, Beaufort County Schools

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