Microcredentialing Overview

Teacher-centered professional development, designed for progressive education.

What if we designed professional development that mirrored the rewarding experiences teachers had planning their class every day? Why not reward teachers for group meetings at the coffee shop, or developing a new exciting project?

Microcredentials document the process of learning that educators engage with outside of the classroom. Educators choose a specific progressive education centered credential, then fulfill specific evidence-based goals to showcase their understanding. Unlike traditional PD options, microcredentials are self-paced, self-chosen, and can be demonstrated in countless ways. Our goal is to create learning opportunities that improve educational systems. These credentials allow educators to learn from ideas that inspire them and actualize them in a classroom setting.

A digital, individualized credential is issued to an educator that can be traced back to what they’ve achieved. These credentials can be displayed on profiles, resumes, websites, and social media.

As an educator collects microcredentials, they can demonstrate continued learning aligned toward leadership positions and increased compensation for their efforts. We’ve organized our microcredentials into specific groups to help guide users toward specific outcomes. Further, our microcredentials build into and are utilized by our graduate level courses.

HRP Microcredentialing Program

Each microcredential lays out the specific goals, tasks, and evidence required to obtain accredited competency. There is no timeline, nor required seat time or coursework, to obtain a credential. The educator will develop their own learning pathway, guided by our recommendations, to complete their objective.

Each HRP credential has five requirements:

  • Evidence of pedagogical knowledge (e.g. a portfolio, video, reflection, book notes.)
  • Empathy mapping (interviews with students to understand their perspective.)
  • Strategic planning (determining efficacy vs effort)
  • Evidence of “learning in action” (e.g. a plan for a lesson, classroom, school, with documentation of its implementation.)
  • Student and teacher reflections on the process.

After the educator has fulfilled these requirements, they will submit to Human Restoration Project for evaluation. After feedback, potentially revision, and approval, the microcredential will be issued. This credential can be displayed on portfolios, resumes, websites, social media, and more.

While engaged in the microcredentialing process, educators can ask for assistance as well as have a direct line to HRP facilitators. Drafts of work may be submitted throughout the process for feedback-only evaluation. In addition, HRP offers a variety of media, research, and articles for each microcredential to help guide one’s planning. A guided experience with office hours can be arranged for your organization.

HRP microcredentials are differentiated from other microcredential programs as they not only promote systemic progressive pedagogy, but are supported by progressive methodology, such as remediation and student interviews.

All HRP microcredentials are aligned to LearningForward’s professional development learning standards, ISTE standards, and Teaching Tolerance’s social justice standards.

Microcredentialing as Professional Development

HRP microcredentials offer the unique opportunity to engage educators in the same, research-backed ways that engage students: self-directed pacing, purposeful work, and collaborative efforts. By tying our microcredentials to teacher onboarding, continuing education credits, leadership positions, and/or stipends, educators will be consistently engaged in practices that actually are utilized in the classroom, as opposed to a one-and-done workshop. Because these practices are user-driven, school administrators can tie specific initiatives to certain concepts.

Developing knowledge with the use of microcredentials ensures that educators are guided toward implementable outcomes that keep everyone within the values structure of the school. And because this work is evaluated, educators will receive consistent feedback to specifically improve their implementation of each idea.

This process may be used for meetings, discussions, and presentations in a school’s professional learning community. By basing staff meetings on the expertise of those in the room, educators can collaborate on what best serves their needs and what they are most interested in.

 

How do I use a microcredential?

After completing all steps, receiving feedback, and having your microcredential approved, you will receive an email with our Human Restoration Project Progressive Education Microcredential.
At first glance, this may seem like a normal image…but it’s actually verification you completed our microcredentialing program!
 
Employers, districts, and/or educational programs can link your badge to your provided email by visiting a badge verifier, for example BadgeCheck.io. Simply upload your badge image and write in the user’s email…

…and learn everything about the badge that was issued.

You can embed this image on any website (e.g. LinkedIn) by uploading it as an attachment or using the embeddable code, found within your RestoreHumanity.school profile.

Want to incorporate microcredentialing at a school or district level?

Human Restoration Project offers guided, in-depth structural analysis and microcredentialing opportunities for new and experienced educators, developing humane systems that transform schooling toward relevance, community, and learning. Learn more here.