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BloomBoard Clarification of Facts Related to KDKA Article on Pittsburgh Superintendent Anthony Hamlet

At BloomBoard, our mission is to empower people to be demonstrably great in the work they do. Since 2010 we’ve been leading the change towards competency-based educator growth and advancement. We’ve partnered with hundreds of districts across the U.S. and in these relationships, we strive to demonstrate integrity, humility, caring, and authenticity. Our district and […]

Statewide Micro-credential Certification Approved by Texas Legislature

The Texas State Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 2424 (TX HB 2424), an act that requires the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to propose rules for establishing a program to issue micro-credentials in fields of study related to an educator’s certification class. In addition, SBEC will propose rules to establish a process for identifying […]
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3 Scientific Truths of Teacher Motivation

For some teachers, teaching was their calling. For most other teachers and aspiring educators, they require the right motivation and incentives to endure. In a new book, Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your Goals, author Susan Fowler draws on the latest empirical research to show readers how to master—and maintain—their motivation by […]
Blog: BloomBoard Shines in World Bank Group Innovation Showcase

BloomBoard Shines in World Bank Group Innovation Showcase

BloomBoard was recently invited by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group to attend their 2018 annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia. We were among a small group of companies selected to participate in the Innovation Showcase. How can we help unlock educators’ career and compensation potential? CEO Sanford Kenyon joined the #WBGMeetings to share […]
Blog: The Challenge of the Third Grade Reading Challenge

The Challenge of the Third Grade Reading Challenge

We want all kids to read well by the end of third grade, the year when reading abilities can predict the likeliness of high school graduation. The idea is so important that 18 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory third-grade retention policies requiring students to demonstrate proficiency in reading or be “held back”. […]
Blog: Managing the Change Towards Competency-based Professional Development

Managing the Change Towards Competency-based Professional Development

Over the past two and a half years, BloomBoard has been working with hundreds of organizations (including districts, regional education service providers, and state departments of education) to help them transition to a competency-based model of professional development. While we work with each of these organizations to provide solutions to a wide variety of problems […]
Blog: Engage, Embark, and Embrace the Journey with Competency-Based Professional Development

Engage, Embark, and Embrace the Journey with Competency-Based Professional Development

Take a moment to reflect on your cultural readiness. Arriving in the land of competency-based professional development does not happen by accident. Educators intrigued by this path of interest-based professional learning are prepared to show their passports for adventures in efficacy and fulfillment. The question, though, is how does a district know if they are […]
Blog: Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials

In 2017, the Tennessee Department of Education decided to pilot micro-credentials to gather feedback and explore avenues for providing more personalized learning for educators across the state. To ensure success, the department laid out a phased approach to implementing competency-based micro-credentials that aimed to: Improve opportunities for professional growth for educators Enable greater ownership of […]
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Is College Still Worth It? A TED Talk by Jason Lange

In February 2018, BloomBoard co-founder and president, Jason Lange, had the opportunity to speak at TEDx Wilmington. The conference theme was Education Possible and brought together educators, students, parents, and other community members to explore the positive impact that education has on young minds as well as some areas in need of vast improvements. Below […]
Blog: The Shift to Competency-Based Professional Learning

The Shift Towards Competency-based Professional Learning

One of the biggest challenges faced in education today is understanding how instructors can best communicate information to their students while ensuring it has been absorbed and can be applied in practice. Over the years it has become more and more evident that the status quo just isn’t working. As a result, we’re seeing a […]
Blog: Changing Mindsets: Dormancy May Lead to a Super Bloom

Changing Mindsets: Dormancy May Lead to a Super Bloom

A principal at an educational seminar made this comment, “Our teachers are lazy. They don’t want more training.” I think he’s dead wrong. Teachers may feel like they are stuck in a rut, but I believe that what appears to be a barren desert may actually be a super bloom waiting to happen. A super […]

13 Reasons Why Your District Needs Suicide Prevention Training

The hit Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’ is getting a lot of attention on how it irresponsibly romanticizes teen suicide. The series is about a high school student who leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says contributed to her suicide. The show has been both praised and panned by viewers and has […]
Blog: 4 Components of Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

4 Components of Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

As interest grows in the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) for students and staff, a growing number of districts are adopting systemic strategies that embed SEL into every aspect of school life. In a recent BloomBoard webinar, Kori Sanchez Smith, a Social Emotional Learning advocate, spoke about the four components of implementing social […]
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Learning by Doing — A Strong Case for Micro-credentials

Research coming out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA confirms what many educators have believed for a long while — that learning by doing rather than by watching, reading, or listening alone results in the richest and deepest learning. In fact, in the study of more than 12,500 participants (across various disciplines), “doers” learned […]
Blog: Increasing Potential with Micro-credentials

Increasing Potential with Micro-credentials: An Interview with Teacher Katie Hoff

Micro-credentials are getting lots of attention lately as an alternative to traditional, one-size-fits-all models of professional development (PD). While a recent study by Digital Promise showed that few teachers know about them, some early adopters across the country are blazing the trail for micro-credential implementation.  Kettle Moraine School District in Wisconsin, for example, is implementing micro-credentials as […]