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What are micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are a relatively new concept in education. They are a form of certification — typically symbolically represented as a digital badge — that operate as a stamp of approval for mastery of a particular skill.

Micro-credentials follow the paradigm of competency-based professional learning by allowing educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice — for instance, checking for student understanding — and collect the evidence — such as classroom videos or student work — to demonstrate ability in that specific skill.

Just as SCECHs operate as Michigan’s reward system for honoring teachers for the time they spend on their professional development, micro-credentials operate as a reward system for honoring educators for the competencies they have mastered.

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Our micro-credential courses

MASA: Communications Microcredential

This micro-credential’s purpose is to build and assess participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to confidently and capably serve in the frequent communications role of a district or school leader. You will understand key elements of communications practice in education – including proactive, operational, and crisis communications – as well as necessary concepts of communications law. You will apply the knowledge gained from each module by creating or refining your own communications plan, which can be either district/school-wide or issue-specific.

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MEMSPA: Leadership and Literacy

Currently available only to MEMSPA members — School administrators will utilize the practices of the Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy and Reading Now Network Systems to build building wide systems around reading instruction, the use of data, sharing leadership, having purposeful classrooms, and inspiring collective responsibility. As a product of the course, the administrator will author several artifacts that outline the system that will be established to support a focus on literacy at the administrator’s school or center. The administrator can earn the Leadership and Literacy micro-credential upon successful evaluation of the artifacts submitted as evidence.

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MEMSPA: Leadership Mission and Vision – Developing Your Personal Mission

Currently available only to MEMSPA members — School leaders will examine the need for reflection and intentionality in leadership, develop and articulate a statement of personal mission, and provide evidence of the work that was done during this process. School leaders can earn the “Developing Your Personal Mission” micro-credential upon successful evaluation of the artifacts submitted as evidence. This micro-credential is designed to be part of the Leadership Mission and Vision Stack. It can stand on its own, but it is designed to support the work contained in the Leadership Mission and Vision: School Vision for Learning Micro-credential as well.

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MEMSPA: Leadership Mission and Vision – School Vision for Learning

Currently available only to MEMSPA members — School leaders will consider the key components that go into a mission statement and the purpose that statement brings to the school community. The leader then works collaboratively to develop the mission, values, and core beliefs that will be at the center of creating a school vision for learning. Through the process, the leader assesses his or her own assumptions, researches the current literature, analyzes case studies, and ultimately implements a plan that reflects a vision of learning in their school. School leaders can earn the “School Vision for Learning” micro-credential upon successful evaluation of the artifacts submitted as evidence. This micro-credential is designed to be part of the Leadership Mission and Vision Stack. It can stand on its own, but it is designed to support the work contained in the Leadership Mission and Vision: Developing Your Personal Mission Micro-credential as well.

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Ready to earn your first micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are an innovative way for you to demonstrate and share your educational competencies. You can explore all of the micro-credential courses in our catalog using the link below!

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