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Designing a Micro-Credential System for Impact

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Monday, November 30, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Kristen Franklin  
Odelia Younge  

Explore the micro-credential ecosystem and how it can support personalizing professional learning in your school or district. Develop a deeper understanding of the theory of change, how districts and states have implemented micro-credentials, and recognition and incentive structures. Design a micro-credential implementation plan that addresses specific needs.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: An active email account and a working web browser.
Topic: Professional learning
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
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.

Through this session, leaders will be able to investigate pathways for professional development for their stakeholders, and discuss current and future goals.

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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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.

Odelia Younge, Digital Promise

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