New Micro-Credentials for Supporting Teachers in Rebuilding
Schools and districts are facing unprecedented challenges addressing the adverse effects of the pandemic. According to McKinsey and Co., unfinished learning in classrooms may range from 3 to 14 months, and in a recent EducationWeek survey, 75% of school social workers reported that a majority of their students need serious mental health supports.
To support teachers with the skills they need to meet students where they are and move them forward, we have created three new foundational micro-endorsements. Through practice, support, and demonstration, educators can prove competence in the following topics:
Foundations of Learning Recovery
This micro-endorsement focuses on providing just-in-time supports so that students can successfully engage in on-grade-level work. Educators learn and practice strategies to fill students’ skill and knowledge gaps through intentional planning, implementation of flexible classroom structures, and connection of student data to appropriate supports.
Foundations of Addressing Student Well-being
This micro-endorsement focuses on first building positive relationships with students so that they can then intentionally, strategically, and collaboratively work to assess and address factors contributing to their well-being. Educators build skills for assessing individual student needs and working collaboratively with colleagues to address those needs.
Foundations of Attending to Equity
This micro-endorsement focuses on understanding systemic inequities and their effects; and supports educators in evaluating their current context for equitable practices. Educators then, based on their specific school and classroom context, can strategically focus on building peer-to-peer relationships in respectful and deliberate ways, implement restorative practices in the classroom, and/or lead productive conversations with students about racism.
Learn and Prove by Doing
Enable educators to grow their skills in their day-to-day classroom context. With access to on-demand expert coaching and PLC communities, educators can prove their competence and earn recognition and advancement opportunities.
Supportive of Educator Growth
Provide a pathway for your educators that builds their instructional practice while promoting retention, career growth, and earning potential.
Effective Investment of American Rescue Plan Funding
Make an efficient investment of your federal relief funding into a targeted program to improve preparedness, address student learning loss, support student mental health, and begin systematic recovery.
Why Educators Love Learning with BloomBoard
“The partnership with BloomBoard has been a game changer for us! The
BloomBoard Team helped me to realize my vision of personalizing professional learning. Teachers are now equipped with a new set of pedagogical skills, rooted in research and best practices.”
– Dr. Victoria Hansen, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Bellwood School District, Illinois
“Working through the micro-credentials, I’ve learned so many things that will benefit my students, my school, and my county!”
– Carrie Franklin, First Grade Teacher and 2017 Northwest Teacher of the Year, McDowell County School District, North Carolina
“We reviewed many models and programs across the nation and the strongest program we found on the market to help support our teachers was from BloomBoard.”
– Kate McAnelly, Chief Academic Officer, Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky
BloomBoard offers micro-credential based advancement pathways for educators to meaningfully improve their instructional practice and access both compensation and career acceleration. Our learn-by-doing process allows teachers to demonstrate their growth through submission of a portfolio of artifacts derived from their actual classroom practice.
We partner with states, universities, districts and schools to create planned roadmaps for advancing educators based on a system’s uniquely identified needs and gaps. This transparent structure for advancement improves the ability to recruit, develop, and retain effective educators. It also builds capabilities for educators to better serve students. We also offer programs directly to teachers including the National Board Pre-Candidacy Program.