Professional Learning: Micro-Credentials

Professional Learning: Micro-Credentials

Micro-credentials are a competency-based form of certification. They are developed and issued based upon personalized professional learning experiences.  They are created to support an educator’s application of skills and knowledge to improve professional practice that supports student success. Each micro-credential is an assessment of a specific competency. The educator applies their knowledge and skills to create a specific product, reflection and application demonstrating competence of the attribute. These are completed individually and are an excellent support mechanism for teaching and learning beyond whole group professional learning.

The micro-credential Stacks are based on a synthesis of the Danielson and Marzano Teacher Evaluation Frameworks. The catalogue below provides the micro-credentials which can be completed by individual micro-credential, by stack, or the entire badge. This catalogue can also be used to design a school or district medallion containing 8-12 micro-credentials selected by school leadership to align with the mission and vision of the system and extend support for teachers engaging in Project Based Learning (PBL).


Each Micro-Credential: 1-2 hours

Project Based Learning Badge

Stacks Micro-Credentials
Planning and Preparation
  1. Aligning to Standards
  2. Infusing (5Cs, 21st C, Workplace, SEL) Skills
  3. Designing Authentic Tasks
  4. Developing Driving Questions
  5. Using GRASP to Frame a Task
  6. Planning for Student Voice and Choice
  1. Purposeful Grouping
  2. Providing Scaffolding
  3. Effective Facilitation/Coaching
  4. Meaningful Feedback
  5. Guiding Research
  6. Digital Literacy
  1. Pre/Diagnostic Assessment- Finding Out
  2. Formative Assessment- Checking In
  3. Summative Assessment- Making Sure
  4. Rubric Design
  5. Critique and Revision
  6. Public Product
Classroom Environment
  1. A Culture of Reflection
  2. Developing Self-Direction
  3. Encouraging Risk-Taking
  4. Creating an Environment of Sustained Inquiry
  5. Developing a Growth Mindset/Grit
  6. Incorporating Social/Emotional Learning
  1. Reflecting on Teaching
  2. Collaborating with Colleagues
  3. Leading Professional Development
  4. Creating Community Events
  5. Communicating with Families
  6. Growing and Developing Professionally