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Design Your Personalized Professional Learning With Micro-credentials

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Odelia Younge  
Dr. Brenda Pearson  
Kristen Franklin  

Learn about the value of competency-based micro-credentials! Participants can uncover tools to create their PD pathway, choosing micro-credentials that are interest-aligned and support district goals. Participants will be guided from signing in to working toward their first (or 50th!) micro-credential.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: iOS, Windows, Android
Participant accounts, software and other materials: An active email account and a working web browser.
Topic: Professional learning
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Micro-credentials are a research-backed, competency-based method of showing skills educators gain throughout their careers. They recognize educators who are meeting the complex, real-time demands of today’s classrooms. Last year, thousands of educators across the country engaged with micro-credentials as a way of personalizing their professional learning and gaining recognition for their skills.

Participants will learn about micro-credentials, their value in their careers, in addition to their school and district. Presenters will offer a walkthrough and personalized coaching to begin the process.

Because these are a competency-based verification system, we've found that supports are helpful in the front-end during submission. We hope that through this session, we can share these scaffolds with educators so they may utilize micro-credentials in their own professional development pathway -- and that of their colleagues -- when they return to their schools and districts.

Supporting research

Research and Educator Micro-credentials, white paper:

CTQ and Digital Promise, "Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States:

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Odelia Younge, Digital Promise
Dr. Brenda Pearson, Clark County Educational Association

Dr. Brenda Pearson, Director of Strategic Policy Initiatives, Clark County Education Association (CCEA) In her role at CCEA, Dr. Pearson creates and implements programs to improve educator retention and attract educators to the profession. Serving 19,000 educators in over 350 schools, Dr. Pearson has developed a microcredential program that spans over 92% of schools and has resulted in grassroots efforts to improve educator practice and increase academic success. She earned her PhD at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Educational Psychology and conducts research in the field of educator motivation, educator attrition and retention, and social networks.

Kristen Franklin, Digital Promise

Kristen has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit program management in the education and arts fields. Before her work as Managing Editor at, she led capacity building, fundraising, and digital redesign efforts at various Bay Area museums, and was an informal learning specialist, digital initiative manager, and art educator at Stanford University’s art museum. She’s always loved teaching and learning, and empowering others to do the same. Kristen has an MA from John F. Kennedy University, and a BA from UC Davis.

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