Micro-credentials Address Today’s Challenges
Covid-19 has shined an even brighter light on the many challenges in education related to teachers. Recruiting, retaining, certifying and measurably improving instructional practice present continued challenges to the education community. Micro-credentials, a form of micro-certification, can have a meaningful impact on this set of challenges by providing the supports and opportunities for authentic growth and career advancement that educators need to be successful today.
Challenge: Instructional Improvement
Micro-credentials, a competency-based form of professional learning, focus on the application of professional learning in the classroom. Educators work on one skill at a time, and demonstrate improvement in their practice via a portfolio of evidence from their classroom practice.
Challenge: Teacher Retention
While many may perceive this to be primarily a recruiting challenge, research shows that the vast majority of the vacancies are created by teachers prematurely leaving the profession, many within the first five years of their practice. Further, research indicates that teacher attrition is at least twice as high as it is in other high-performing countries across the globe.
Micro-credentials present schools and districts with the immediate ability to support their educators with meaningful growth in their classroom practice, augmented by authentic collaboration with their peers, and coaching provided by instructional experts. Micro-credentials further enable schools and districts to support their educators by enabling them to create links to compensation and career advancement opportunities using micro-credentials as the building blocks of growth.
Challenge: Compensation & Advancement
Having established equivalency with both recertification and traditional salary advancement measures, micro-credentials are quickly becoming the new currency of educator advancement across the country. Because each micro-credential earned represents proven improvement in classroom practice, many schools and districts are quickly adopting micro-credentials as the new means for salary advancement, which is more closely aligned with school, district and educator growth goals.