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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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“Everything You Need to Know About Micro-credentials”

Everything you need to know about micro-credentials: 1. Competency-based: Micro-credentials allow educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice and collect the evidence to demonstrate ability in that specific skill. 2: Personalized: Wherever you are in your understanding of a particular topic, micro-credentials allow you to pick up where you left off and move toward mastery and the practical application of skills. 3: Job-Embedded: Micro-credentials focus on skills that are relevant to the daily practices demanded of educators. 4. Research-Based: Micro-credentials are designed around skills that have been thoroughly researched, allowing educators to leverage findings demonstrated to improve their daily practice. 5. Shareable: Once educators earn micro-credentials, they can display their badges on Edmodo, LinkedIn, or a blog to signal their demonstrated competency. 6. Self-Directed: Micro-credentials allow educators to work at their own pace, regardless of their starting point, and take next steps toward competency. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials. Source: The Friday Institute, "Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials."

 

“The SCECH vs. The Micro-credential”

SCECH vs The Micro-credential. Learners are rewarded for: Seat time vs. Evidence of learning. Context is. . Fixed vs. Personalized. What is approved? Syllabus vs. Reviewers. Learners must demonstrate: Attendance vs. Competency. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials

 

“7 Lessons Learned”

7 lessons learned from implementing micro-credentials: 1. Teachers who earn micro-credentials want to earn more. 2. Micro-credentials encourage teachers to apply skills to classroom practice. 3. Micro-credentials scaffold teachers to engage at an increased level of rigor. 4. Teachers can demonstrate competency/mastery in a variety of ways. 5. Instructional design and online platform matter. 6. Micro-credentials should not have a one-size-fits-all approach. 7. Many questions still exist around micro-credentials. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials. Source: The Friday Institute, "Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials."

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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MEMSPA: Module 1 – Supporting Improvement with Systems

Currently available only to MEMSPA membersThis course is brought to you by MEMSPA. This course is organized into four sections focusing on some foundational components of continuous improvement. Together, the four sections will begin to build a deep, practical understanding of the critical components needed to provide leadership for a continuous improvement process. The focus of Supporting Continuous Improvement with Systems Thinking will be on understanding the critical components of a system as it relates to leading a continuous improvement process.

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MEMSPA: Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Currently available only to MEMSPA members — This course is brought to you by MEMSPA. This course will take participants through the who, what, where, why, when, and how to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) that is compliant with state and federal legislation, meets current MDE expectations, and links findings to the school improvement plan strategies and activities leading to increased student achievement. This course will help participants get organized, gain tools and resources, and create a process that is effective and efficient for school improvement teams.

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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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