Lucia Giacomantonio

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April 18, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials


"If we are asking educators to provide differentiated and personalized learning experiences for students, it only makes sense that we help districts provide teachers with that same level of personalization in their professional learning.”

- Machel Mills,  Director of Professional Learning Systems,
Tennessee Department of Education

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March 6, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Is College Still Worth It? A TEDx Talk by Jason Lange, Co-founder of BloomBoard

Last month, BloomBoard Co-founder and President, Jason Lange, had the opportunity to speak at the TEDX Wilmington conference. The conference theme was Education Possible and brought together educators, students, parents, and other community members to explore the positive impact that education has on young minds as well as some areas in need of vast improvements.

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May 17, 2017   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Earn Micro-credentials Throughout the Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and it's a great time for educators to develop new skills through micro-credentials. While many micro-credentials require educators to provide evidence of their learning through work with students, there are several other micro-credentials that can be earned without students in the classroom. We've put together a list of these micro-credentials that are perfect for earning throughout the summer. Some are even eligible for graduate-level credit! Choose the one that's right for you and get started by visiting bloomboard.com/digitalpromise.

Download the full list or check out some of the most popular micro-credentials below.  

Essential Spreadsheet Skills
Issued by: Relay Graduate School of Education

Quantitative data often come in forms that require work to make them meaningful to an educator. Spreadsheets (for instance, Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel) are a critical tool for working with quantitative data as a classroom educator. Learn more about earning this micro-credential and download the submission requirements and scoring guide.

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 

Establishing a Virtual Community
Issued by: Center for Teaching Quality

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must guide a group through a process that builds relationships through engaging in common meaningful work, sharing stories, identifying individual team member strengths, and establishing the shared expectations of the community. Download the submission requirements and scoring guide to get started

Why Use Tech in the Classroom?
Issued by: Digital Promise Journey

Technology can have a strong impact on student learning. The use of digital devices has been shown to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation. To learn how to prepare for and earn this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit!)

Developing Educator Digital Portfolios
Issued by: Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Learning at USD

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must document their growth, and reflect on how their role as an educator has changed over time, by examining their work. To learn more about earning this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit! )

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 
 

See All Micro-credentials

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August 26, 2016   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Trauma-Informed Instruction: What Every Teacher and Administrator Needs to Know

One in four public school students has experienced at least one traumatic event that can affect learning or behavior. Thus, it is imperative that districts create a positive and compassionate school environment. Trauma-informed instruction provides all teachers and leaders a playbook for creating that environment, focused on developing the resiliency necessary to increase school success and improve academic outcomes.

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March 15, 2016   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Webinar: The Great Migration to Competency-Based PD

Traditionally, professional development systems have focused on the quality of professional development “inputs," such as money spent, workshops attended, or consultants hired, with little evidence of improvement or linkage to “outputs” associated with a change in instructional practice.

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