Harmony Public Schools

Career Pathways through Micro-credentials

 Through competency-based micro-credentials Harmony Public Schools is redefining educator career pathways and unifying systems that support teacher growth and career advancement including professional development, licensure, incentive-based pay, and educator evaluation.

Vision

The HPS micro-credential program aligns competency-based micro-credentials to specific roles. Evaluation frameworks, such as H-TESS or T-PESS, are aligned when applicable. The purpose of this alignment is to establish transparency around job expectations of specific roles in our system. By creating clarity around individual roles, educators also gain clarity regarding leadership opportunities that exist inside and outside of the classroom.

How Micro-credentials Work

A micro-credential is earned by demonstrating competence in a specific skill via a portfolio of evidence created through classroom practice. All micro-credentials are based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in four areas of instructional efficacy research including, cycles of inquiry, job-embedded supports, rigorously calibrated assessment, and portfolio-based learning.
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Incentives and Benefits

Harmony teachers are:

  • Teacher leaders who are always striving to become better practitioners
  • Reflective and open to new challenges
  • Innovative and earn micro-credentials because it allows them to play a critical role in shaping competency-based professional earning for educators across the state and country

Educators who complete micro-credentials are eligible for the following benefits and incentives:

$200 stipend per earned MC, up to 8 per year (only for teachers and bands 5/6)
15 CPE hours 
Career advancement and professional growth (evaluation portfolio, goal setting, and “aspiring” programs)
hexagon Opportunity to earn a TIA teacher designation (40% of teacher portfolio component can be completed with earned micro-credentials)


Hear What Educators Are Saying

Watch the video to hear what other Harmony educators have to say about their experiences with micro-credentials.

Don’t Go It Alone! Leverage Your Supports

While individuals are welcome to engage with micro-credentials on their own, we find that educators experience the most success when they work collaboratively with others or when receiving guided support from a supervisor, coach, or mentor. 

Additionally, embedding micro-credentials into existing PLCs and professional learning experiences is a great way to add clarity and structure, as well as ensure implementation of learning into day-to-day work. 

Note: though collaboration is encouraged, all submissions must still be unique representations of an educator’s individual competency! Evidence that is identical or nearly identical to another submission will not be accepted. Before getting started, please review BloomBoard’s collaboration policy and some best practices for working with others.

Teacher Role Cards

These role cards contain the essential competencies for classroom teachers at Harmony. Any Harmony staff or faculty member can access the below role cards by completing this brief form.

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Core Teaching Competencies (CTC) and Induction

Educators in this program have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Cultivating High Behavioral Expectations with TLAC
  • Maximizing Learning through Classroom Routines
  • Communicating High Behavioral Expectations with TLAC
  • Creating Habits around Effective Questioning
  • Planning with Students in Mind with TLAC
  • Eliciting Student Thinking to Accurately Inform Student Instruction
  • Modifying Instruction through Formative Assessment During a Lesson
Non-Tested Teacher

Educators in this program have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Using Formative Assessments to Modify Future Instruction 
  • Selecting and Implementing Research-driven Instructional Strategies
  • Engaging Students in Authentic Learning Experiences Connected to Local and Global Issues 
  • Creating Habits Around Effective Questioning 
  • Identifying SLO Target Areas Using Pre-Instruction Data
  • Creating Student Skill Profiles to Determine Student Growth Targets
  • Designing Valid and Reliable Assessments Aligned to SLOs
  • Redefining SLOs through Collaboration
Distance Learning

Educators in this program have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Communicating Expectations with Students and Stakeholders Using G Suite
  • Engaging Student Learning Through a Group Project Using G Suite
  • Improve Student Understanding with Feedback Using G Suite
  • Understand and Share Student Growth Using G Suite
  • Collaboration to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment 
  • Communication to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment

In-classroom Leadership Role Cards

This list, though not exhaustive, represents some of Harmony’s key in-classroom leadership roles.

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Curriculum Writer

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Selecting and Implementing Research-driven Instructional Strategies
  • Engaging Students in Authentic Learning Experiences Connected to Local and Global Issues 
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with Peers 
  • Communicating expectations of Curriculum with Teachers and Administrators using G Suite 
System Course Leader

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Selecting and Implementing Research-driven Instructional Strategies
  • Using Backwards Planning to Design and Audit Curriculum 
  • Anticipating and Reflecting on Student Responses to Formative Assessments
  • Providing Quality Feedback on Instructional Planning
  • Developing Curriculum-based Assessment to Drive Student Achievement Across Schools
Mentor Teacher

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Mentoring Using the Instructional Improvement Cycle
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with Teacher Learners
  • Providing Evidence-driven Feedback
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
PLC Leader

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Setting and Achieving Growth Goals with an Instructional Leader 
  • Facilitating Effective meetings Focused on Collaboration 
  • Developing Consensus in Your PLC
  • Facilitating a Collaborative INquiry Cycle
  • Using Formative Assessments to Modify Future Instruction
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with Peers
ESL Specialist

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Implementing Culturally Responsive Curriculum
  • Engaging Families in the Learning Process
  • Facilitating Adult Learning 
  • Co-Teaching for English Learners (in development) 
  • Selecting  Appropriate English Learner Strategies (in development)
  • Differentiated Reading Instruction for English Learners (in development)
Interventionist

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Planning with Students in Mind with TLAC
  • Using Formative Assessment to Modify Future Instruction
  • Selecting and Implementing Research-driven Instructional Strategies
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with Peers
Gifted & Talented Teacher

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Nurturing Agency
  • Collaboration to Support Student Learning in a digital Learning Environment
  • Creativity to Support Student Learning in a digital Learning Environment
  • Communication to Support Student Learning in a digital Learning Environment
  • Critical Thinking to Support Student Learning in a digital Learning Environment
  • Promoting Student Self Management (in development)
  • Implementing Differentiation in Instruction (in development)
Special Education Teacher

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Creating a Positive Behavior Management System for Students with Exceptionalities 
  • Promoting Active Student Engagement During Lessons for Students with Exceptionalities 
  • Collaborating to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Identifying Your Student Learning Needs
Department Chair

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Supporting Educators in Competency-based Professional Learning via Micro-credentials
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings Focused on Collaboration
  • Using Formative Assessments to Modify Future Instruction
  • Providing Quality Feedback on Instructional Planning
  • Generating Conversations Around Student Performance Data
  • Developing Cross-Curricular Instruction
  • Facilitating an Understanding of Curriculum Expectations
  • Supporting the Implementation of District Initiatives within Local Contexts (in development)

Out-of-classroom Leadership Role Cards

This list, though not exhaustive, represents some of Harmony’s key out-of-classroom leadership roles.

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Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Engaging Families in Support of Student Learning
  • Supporting Student Self Awareness
  • Building Collaborative Relationships with Peers
  • Data Analysis (in development) 
  • Student Agency (in development)
Special Education Coordinator

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Creating a Positive Behavior Management System for Students with Exceptionalities 
  • Promoting Active Student Engagement During Lessons for Students with Exceptionalities 
  • Collaborating to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Identifying Your Student Learning Needs
Instructional Coach

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Supporting Educators in Competency-based Professional Learning via Micro-credentials
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Helping teachers Identify Current Reality to Prepare for Change
  • Facilitating the Implementation of Research-driven Instructional Strategies
  • Measuring the Impact of Change Based on Student-Focused Goals
  • Aligning Micro-credentials to Professional Development (in development) 
  • Supporting the Implementation of District Initiatives within Local Contexts (in development)
College Counselor

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Guiding Students to Select an Endorsement
  • Administering Effective Individual Counseling
  • Guiding Students through the College Financial Aid Process
  • Facilitating a Data Discussion Around College Readiness (in development)
  • College Match & Admissions Process (in development)
  • Career Exploration (in development)
Deans & Assistant Principals

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Supporting Educators in Competency-based Professional Learning via Micro-credentials
  • Facilitating a Collaborative Inquiry Cycle
  • Providing Evidence-Driven Feedback
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Guiding Effective Conflict Resolution
  • Guiding School-Wise, Positive Student Conduct
  • Providing Quality Feedback on Instructional Planning
Principal

Educators in this role have access to the following micro-credentials: 

  • Supporting Educators in Competency-based Professional Learning via Micro-credentials
  • Building a School Culture Where Every Student Succeeds
  • Communicating Mission, Vision and Values to Stakeholders
  • Selecting Appropriate Curriculum and Instructional Materials
  • Accessing Community Resources to Support Student Learning
  • Developing Distributive Leadership Teams in Support of Student Academic Success

Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) and Designation

Micro-credentials play an important role in Harmony’s TIA plan starting with 2020-21 school year. Teachers must earn multiple micro-credentials in order to maximize their overall performance score, which can help them earn a designation! 

 

Resources

HPS Micro-credential & Career Pathways Program Catalog

A guide that includes everything you need to be successful on your journey.

HPS Micro-credential Map

A visual of each role card and the micro-credentials included. 

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