The Friday Institute is deeply involved in bringing competency-based approaches into educator preparation, credentialing and professional development. To further this effort, the Friday Institute has begun developing a series of micro-credentials for teachers, coaches, and administrators. These micro-credentials often support and extend the learning opportunities offered in the online professional learning courses but can also be earned by educators within or outside of the context of the course.
While developing micro-credentials, the Friday Institute considers several design elements:
- Self-directed. Teachers can pursue the micro-credentials by participating in an online professional learning course, through other professional learning activities, or on their own.
- Job-Embedded. Each of the micro-credentials is directly tied to classroom practice and provides a scaffolded approach to building useful classroom skills.
- Competency-Based. Micro-credentials must measure an educator’s demonstrated ability to apply specific skills in the classroom context.
- Research-Based. Micro-credentials are designed around skills that have been thoroughly researched and have a demonstrated import on classroom practice.