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What is a Micro-Certification?

Micro-certifications are short, competency-based courses that allow educators to demonstrate mastery in a particular area. Micro-certifications are flexible. Choose those that best match your interests and complete them when and how you choose! Would you like to participate in our Summer Formative Assessment Micro-Certification Pilot?                      Learn more and Register Here!

 

Explore the Micro-Certificate Stacks

Our micro-certificates are organized into stacks—sequences of related self-paced micro-certifications—featuring important topics for educators in California public schools. Check back regularly for new content!

Description

Quality classroom assessment practices renew a focus on day-to-day, minute-by-minute learning that improves student outcomes. Through formative assessment practices, students know where they are in their learning, where they need to go and how to get there. Teachers have information they need to inform their next instructional steps. And families have more useful information to know how their student is doing in school.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn to reclaim classroom assessment to propel meaningful teaching and learning.

Who Should Apply

  • K12 Educators
  • Student Teachers
  • Teacher Leaders
  • PLC Leaders
  • School Administrators

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Classroom Embedded Performance Assessment [More Info]
  2. Descriptive Feedback for Student Learning [More Info] 
  3. Eliciting Accurate Evidence of Student Learning [More Info] 
  4. Formative Assessment in the Teaching/Learning Cycle [More Info] 
  5. Foundational Principles of Quality Assessment [More Info
  6. Learning Targets and Success Criteria [More Info]

Description

In order to respond responsibly to the recent focus on racial and social justice we have compiled a list of micro-certificates that uplift and highlight the importance of diversity, equity, and cultural competency. It is our hope that your personal and professional development provides space for both reflection and action in service to the students, families, and communities in which you serve.

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Exploring Restorative Practices [More Info]
  2. Positive Classroom Community [More Info] 
  3. Restorative Circles: Building Classroom Relationships [More Info] 
  4. Restorative Conferencing [More Info] 
  5. Implementing Restorative Practices [More Info
  6. Cultivating Socially Just Environments [More Info
  7. Culturally Responsive Art Instruction [More Info]

Description

This stack is designed to help educators understand the complexities of teaching students who are learning English as a second language. This stack covers multiple topics that will support you in understanding language acquisition theories and then applying this knowledge to design effective assessment and instruction to support student’s learning English. You will also have an opportunity to explore ways in which to advocate for you English Language Learners and their families.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn how to support the learning for students who are learning English as a Second Language.

Who Should Apply

K12 Educators who work with students learning English as a second language

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Advocating for ELLs at the school level [More Info]
  2. Advocating for ELLs: Local, State, and Federal Policies [More Info]
  3. Analyzing Assessments to Support ELL Learning [More Info]
  4. Understanding Academic Language [More Info]
  5. Understanding Second Language Acquisition Stages [More Info]
  6. Using ELL Strategies in the Classroom [More Info]
  7. Using Formative Assessments to Support ELL Learning [More Info]
  8. Using Standards to Plan for ELL Students [More Info]

Description

This stack is designed to help classroom educators to develop skills to successfully build a community of learners. You will have an opportunity to explore classroom organization and routines, as well as discover new ways to support students who have behavioral challenges due to trauma or other circumstances.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn how to create a student centered learning community that is supportive of all students.

Who Should Apply

  • K12 Educators
  • Education Support Professionals
  • Aspiring Educators

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Addressing Challenging Behaviors [More Info]
  2. Aspects of an Engaged Classroom [More Info]
  3. Classroom Expectations and Routines [More Info]
  4. Creating A Classroom Community [More Info]
  5. Organizing the Physical Layout of the Classroom [More Info]
  6. Trauma-Informed Pedagogy [More Info]

Description

Strengthening family, school, and community bonds is a critical factor in raising student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and attaining school improvement goals. In this stack you will learn a variety of ways that you can strengthen your relationships with families and community members.

What You’ll Learn

In this stack you will learn how to build relationships and engage families and community members in school related activities.

Who Should Apply

  • All Educators

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Families in Society and Cultural Contexts [More Info]
  2. Family Engagement as Opportunities For All [More Info] 
  3. Developing Relationships through Home Visits [More Info] 
  4. Families as Co-Creators [More Info] 
  5. Linking Family Engagement to Learning Outcomes [More Info
  6. Community Partnerships for Learning and Well-Being [More Info]
  7. Leading with Professional Ethics [More Info]
  8. Family Engagement Systems [More Info]

Description

This stack was developed in partnership with Nevada Education Association and is intended to give educators an understanding of the 5 Core Propositions that were developed by National Board. Educators who would like to learn a little bit more about what National Board is about or start to get ready for applying for a National Board Certification would benefit from these Micro-credentials.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn the basics of each of the 5 Core Propositions developed by National Board.

Who Should Apply

  • K12 Educators
  • Early Career Educators
  • Mid Career Educators
  • Veteran Teachers
  • Aspiring Educators

Stack Micro-Certificates

  1. Know Your Students [More Info]
  2. Knowing Your Content & How to Teach It [More Info] 
  3. Managing & Monitoring Student Learning [More Info] 
  4. Teachers are Members of Learning Communities [More Info] 
  5. Thinking Systematically  Practice [More Info

Additional Information

Select a skill you have developed or would like to develop, and download or view the micro-certificate on nea.certificationbank.com/California. Read the micro-certificate carefully to familiarize yourself with the resources, submission guidelines, and evaluation criteria. If you choose to print the micro-certificate you may also want to view it digitally in order to access the clickable links in the research and resource sections.

Collect the required evidence demonstrating your competence in the selected area. For most micro-certificates, you will be required to collect evidence from real experiences in your classroom or worksite. Each micro-certificate requires different kinds of work to demonstrate your mastery. For example you may need to write a lesson plan, videotape a meeting, or collect data to analyze. It typically takes about 10-15 hours to complete the requirements to earn a micro-certificate.

Submit by uploading your evidence on nea.certificationbank.com/California. Once you click Start, you will see a place to upload each piece of evidence you have collected. It will then be reviewed by two reviewers. You will hear back from the reviewers in approximately two weeks.

You have six months from the time you click Start to complete your micro-certificate. If your time runs out, you will need to click Start again and re-upload anything you already completed.

Share your achievement with others! After you have successfully earned the micro-certificate, share it with your evaluator, post on social media and add to your resume. In many districts, micro-credentials could count as continuing education units. You will need to check with your district or state to see if they are accepted. You can view all of your micro-certificate badges on the “My Showcase” page.

Q: What’s the difference between a micro-certificate versus a micro-credential?

While you will encounter references to “micro-credentials” throughout our library. We use the term “micro-certification” wherever possible to distinguish these short, elective professional learning opportunities from California’s system for teacher credentialing.

Q: How much does it cost to apply for a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are free to members. Non-members must pay a $75 fee to apply for a micro-credential.

Q: Will earning a micro-certification make me eligible for a raise?

It depends on the policies in the district where you work. Upon completion of the requirements of a micro-certificate, members will receive a certificate of completion and documentation of the course requirements met. If considering using micro-certificates for salary schedule advancement, it may make sense to check with your HR department prior to beginning.

Q: What happens if I can’t finish a micro-credential in the allowed amount of time?

After six months, your application will be reset. You will need to start over when you are ready to finish uploading your evidence. It is important that you save your work on your own computer or in an online storage space in case this happens.

Q: What happens if I don’t pass the micro-credential? Do I have to start over?

You will receive feedback from your peer reviewer and be invited to address the feedback and resubmit. You may submit as many times as you need in order to pass. The national first-time pass rate is about 40 percent, so you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t pass the first time. It is a process and the feedback is meant to help you improve your practice.