The educator implements the action research study designed in the “Using Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning” micro-credential. The educator examines ways their multiple data sources will yield responses to the research question. The educator identifies and employs appropriate analytical techniques with the generated data and compiles a report of the findings consistent with standards of educational research.
This badge builds explicitly on the “Using Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning” micro-credential. You will need to successfully complete that micro-credential first to have the necessary artifacts that provide the foundation of this badge.
High levels of student learning rest on a teacher’s ability to teach effectively and to know the standards of success expected of students at each grade level. Although this key relationship is codified in local, state, and national education policies, recent efforts have intensified the definition of teacher effectiveness, the tools by which it is measured, and the standards of success. Nowhere is this more obvious than the current demand for school districts across the country to identify effective teachers using student learning measures and link professional growth to increases in achievement.
Action research is one method for marking and charting professional growth linked to student learning. In Wisconsin, action research offers a means for identifying and providing evidence of your professional practice goals (PPGs) and student learning outcomes (SLOs) as required by your Educator Effectiveness Plan.
 See, for example, Banks et al. (2005); L. Darling-Hammond (2010); Hirsch, Koppich, & Knapp (2001); Monk (1994); Sanders & Rivers (1996); Zumwalt & Craig (2005).
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*Note: The “Learning Opportunities” are from the Milwaukee Master Teaching Program. If you would like to take advantage of that learning opportunity and are not part of the program, please check back later on this micro-credential for video recordings of the sessions.
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Part 1 and a “Yes” evaluation for Part 2.
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