A New Way to Empower Competency-Based Professional Development

January 26, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Building upon the release of our micro-credential offering announced last fall, today we’re excited to introduce you to the next evolution of BloomBoard.

Our new site enables educators to create Collections of learning resources focused on problems of practice they face in their daily work. Collections are reviewed by BloomBoard’s team of master educators to ensure each resource can help a teacher succeed in addressing that Collection’s targeted problem of practice. Educators can save, share and follow Collections built by other educators, and use the platform to connect with those peers who have similar interests and professional challenges.

Preview the new BloomBoard at next.bloomboard.com and get started by exploring some of our favorite Collections:

Demonstrate Competencies, Earn Recognition

As part of our partnership with Digital Promise, the site also includes the ability for educators to earn recognition for the skills they’ve learned throughout their careers with micro-credentials. Micro-credentials provide educators with a concrete tool to personalize their learning and fulfill their desire to improve their practice. These micro-credentials can then be translated into professional development credit hours, allowing schools to grant formal recognition based on competency rather than seat time. BloomBoard and Digital Promise are already approved for statewide credit hour equivalency in Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina, with additional states expected to provide approval in the coming months.

BloomBoard for Schools and Districts

BloomBoard will continue to offer private content tools for districts, and will now also provide a comprehensive set of collaboration tools in addition to extensive analytics and reporting. These tools aim to help administrative staff better understand how to most effectively use their professional development budgets. BloomBoard’s Transformation Services team is also available to help guide districts in their journey toward personalized, competency-based educator development. To learn more about our district and school offerings, visit schools.bloomboard.com.


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