Digital Promise and Verizon have teamed up to offer freetraining pathways for individual teachers that will lead them to educator microcredentials. Three pathways are currently available, with more to be offered later in the year: Transitioning to remote learning, to learn how to shift pedagogy to a remote format, which is aligned with five microcredentials; Evergreen tools for blended and remote learning, to explore tools for creating online classroom spaces and meaningful blended and remote learning experiences, which can lead to a single microcredential; and Introduction to instructional technology coaching, to help build coaching skills that lead to improved teaching and learning with instructional technology, which does not have its own credential but can serve as a supplemental resource to existing coaching models. Teachers can go through the programs via standalone instruction with webinars and learning modules or with sequenced learning courses available in real time or on demand. When the training has concluded, Digital Promise’s microcredentials program provides competency-based certification through assessment by experts; and teachers receive a certificate of attendance. The program is part of Verizon’s Innovative Learningproject, which has delivered teacher training to more than 14,000 teachers in over 200 schools, in a structure that has involved entire schools. Now the two organizations are making the training available to individual educators.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
SDI has released its PPE for Schools Report to help guide district leaders as they look to navigate the rest of this school year and also mitigate future risks. In the freePPE for Schools Report, district leaders will find information about the PPE procurement process, lessons learned, and best practices for moving forward.
The Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center studied nine dual enrollment programs across three states that have narrowed or closed equity gaps in dual enrollment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students.