For the past year and a half I have been part of District 287’s Altnerative Pathways team. This team came out of last years negotatiations between 2209 and District 287 Administration. The charge was to figure out how to recognize and grow educators who go above and beyond. Long story short, through this time we have come up with the plan to try and incorporate micro-credentials into our 2209 contract and 287 professional development model.
I would appreciate any feedback that anyone has on their thoughts of this process or if they would like to get involved. So far we have presented to 2209’s Meet & Confer, Paul Bennett presented to 2209’s Executive Council, Paul and myself have presented to 287’s SIT team, and this Thursday we will be sharing it with our 287 School Board.****
What is a micro-crediential you ask? Think of it as a framework where an educator learns something applicable to their job, let’s say “growth mindset”. They take what they have learned (whether it through an edcamp, a PD seminar, a college course, or a book they read) and they apply it to their setting. They collect data and feedback on the impact it has had. They reflect on this and then submit it as well as other artifacts of their learning to a committee. The committee reviews this and then issues an increase in their base-pay for their yearly contract.
Here is a great article that get’s you started on the pathway of what Micro-Credentials are and how we might incorporate them. “Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?”