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Breaking Boundaries With Breakthrough Badges

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 5
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Participate and share : Poster

Kelsey Pacer  
Chesterfield County Public Schools rolled out its in-house badging program in the summer of 2021. The “breakthrough badges” were centered around five critical professional learning topics that transcended grade levels and content areas. Learn about our rationale, the planning process, our results and transparent reflections to empower your own microcredentialing work.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Model the use of instructional design principles with educators to create effective digital learning environments.
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Design professional learning based on needs assessments and frameworks for working with adults to support their cultural, social-emotional and learning needs.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Related exhibitors:
PowerSchool Group LLC
, Instructure

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to share information about Chesterfield County Public Schools' initial badging rollout to empower others in their exploration or continuation of badging/micro-credentialing work. Evidence of success will be based on participant feedback and reception of resources and information.

Participant outcomes:
- Learn about a large school division's initial foray into badging work, including communication, organization, management, and evaluation
- Receive editable resources to brainstorm and plan for participant's own settings, including a sample Google site for organizing information, sample syllabi for design, and ideas for creating badges

The initial challenge my district faced was providing professional learning to teachers who were, quite honestly, shell-shocked after the last two years. With the input from multiple data points and upper-level leadership, we decided to move forward with five "breakthrough badges" on the topics of assessment, differentiation, engagement, equity, and special education. The badging coursework was all asynchronous and delivered through Canvas, our learning management system.

I am flexible on the delivery format of this presentation and will tailor the delivery based on the final recommendations of the proposal team if selected. My plan is to frame my information and resources around the steps of the ADDIE model, which are Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. This format is generally understandable for the intended audience.

Supporting research

Carey, K. L., & Stefaniak, J. E. (2018). An exploration of the utility of digital badging in higher education settings. Educational Technology Research & Development, 66(5), 1211–1229.
McGovern, T. (2020). Exploratory Study: Digital Badging. In InSITE 2020: Informing Science+ IT Education Conferences: Online (pp. 185-204).
Muilenburg, L.Y., & Berge, Z.L. (Eds.). (2016). Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases (1st ed.). Routledge.

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Kelsey Pacer, Chesterfield County Public Schools

I am a fan of thinking big and celebrating small. I have worn many educational hats over the last decade and pride myself on remembering my past and orienting with the now when planning for the future. Little makes me happier at work than when I have a chance to brainstorm and get excited about new ideas to serve others and facilitate impactful professional learning. I am an avid reader, accomplished dog petter, and active foodie. Let’s connect on Twitter @KPacer804 or via email!

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