Educational Technology

October 30, 2016

Competency-Based Professional Learning Gets Test Drive

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Two years after Teaching Matters shifted its focus to competency-based professional learning, this non-profit that works on initiatives to increase teacher effectiveness, especially in urban public schools, has issued a 17-page report that profiles use cases from its work in three teacher leadership training programs and four lessons it has learned from those experiences. The first lesson is that educators value micro-credentials. Second, teachers need “sufficient time” to complete the micro-credentialing process. Third, they’re more willing to invest in that process if they’re induced to do so, either in the form of pay or new leadership responsibilities. And fourth, coaching, feedback and support are important to help educators show competency and encourage their persistence in pursuing micro-credentials.

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