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What are Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are just in time, asynchronous, small chunks of professional learning experiences that will demonstrate proficiency in a specific skill. Our vision is to promote learning so educators can apply their learnings in their practice, collect evidence, and demonstrate their competence.

Optional Credit

Registration is required only for participants wishing to obtain credit. Dates are noted below for the four courses in 2021-22 (for credit).

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Summer 2022 
Cohort dates:7/11-9/16
Registration opens: 06/27/2022
Registration ends: 8/1/2022

Fall 2022 
Cohort dates:10/10-12/2
Registration opens: 09/26/2022
Registration ends: 10/24/2022

Winter 2022/23 
Cohort dates:12/12-2/3
Registration opens: 11/28/2022
Registration ends: 12/26/2022

Spring 2023 
Cohort dates:3/6-4/28
Registration opens: 02/20/2023
Registration ends: 3/20/2022

Explore Micro-credential Offerings

CHARACTERISTICS of Autism

Description:  Participants will engage in a google slide presentation that outlines the Characteristics of Autism. Participants will engage in activities and reflect on what they know, wonder, and learn about Autism.

Intended Audience: Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, AEA staff, and other educational support staff

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

COgnitive behavior therapy (CBT) interventions for school and home 

Description: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its strategies/interventions are an evidence-based practice with effective results when implemented with fidelity. This course is designed to introduce parents and school professionals to what CBT is and several resources available through Keystone’s Media Library. These resources contain easy-to-implement and fairly quick-to-use strategies and interventions that can be utilized at home or school for a wide variety of SEBH concerns.

Intended Audience: Teachers, counselors, core team members, special education staff, interventionists, behavior specialists, parents, anyone who works with children with social-emotional behavioral health concerns (SEBH).

Approximate Completion Time: 4 hours

 

Considerations for Identifying the Need for a Paraeducator Micro-Credential

Description: This micro-credential provides schools and IEP teams with information and tools, encourages IEP teams to consider a full range of supports for students with special needs, and shares resources available to schools for training paraeducators. The resources help the team identify specific needs and allow for consideration of all types of support (including paraeducators).

Intended Audience: IEP Teams, District Administrators, Special Education teachers, AEA staff 

Approximate Completion Time: 1 hour

 

High-leverage Practices: Assessment

Description: This micro-credential provides an overview look at the High-Leverage Practice of Assessment. Be sure to complete the High-Leverage Practices: Overview prior to this micro-credential. High Leverage Practices are a roadmap for student success that benefits educators and families. There are four interrelated areas (Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Practices, and Instruction) for educator practice and they are broken into 22 practices educators should be taught and mastered. (https://exceptionalchildren.org/)

*Highly recommended to work through the High Leverage Practice Overview First.*

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

High-leverage Practices: Collaboration 

Description: This micro-credential provides an overview look at the High-Leverage Practice of Collaboration. Educators collaborate and work with multiple people to help support students by understanding their needs and increasing student achievement. High Leverage Practices are a roadmap for student success that benefits educators and families. There are four interrelated areas (Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Practices, and Instruction) for educator practice and they are broken into 22 practices educators should be taught and mastered. (https://exceptionalchildren.org/). Be sure to complete the High-Leverage Practice: Overview prior to this micro-credential.

*Highly recommended to work through the High Leverage Practice Overview First.*
 

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

High-leverage Practices: Instruction 

Description: This micro-credential provides an overview look at the High-Leverage Practice of Instruction. Complete High-Leverage Practices: Overview prior to completing this micro-credential. High Leverage Practices are a roadmap for student success that benefits educators and families. There are four interrelated areas (Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Practices, and Instruction) for educator practice and they are broken into 22 practices educators should be taught and mastered. (https://exceptionalchildren.org/)

*Highly recommended to work through the High Leverage Practice Overview First.*

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders

Approximate Completion Time:3 hours

 

High-leverage Practices: Overview 

Description: This micro-credential provides an overview of High-Leverage Practices. High Leverage Practices are a roadmap for student success that benefits educators and families. There are four interrelated areas (Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Practices, and Instruction) for educator practice and they are broken into 22 practices educators should be taught and mastered. (https://exceptionalchildren.org/)

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

High-leverage Practices: Social/Emotional/Behavioral  

Description: This micro-credential provides an overview look at the High-Leverage Practice of Social/Emotional/Behavioral.. Be sure to complete the High-Leverage Practices: Overview prior to this micro-credential. High Leverage Practices are a roadmap for student success that benefits educators and families. There are four interrelated areas (Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral Practices, and Instruction) for educator practice and they are broken into 22 practices educators should be taught and mastered. (https://exceptionalchildren.org/)

*Highly recommended to work through the High Leverage Practice Overview First.*

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders, SEBH 

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

Implementing the Icap for students with DISABILITIES 

Description: The Individual Career and Academic Plan outlines college and career programming for all students to engage in grades 8-12. Through intentional alignment of the information in the ICAP and the IEP, students develop self-awareness and have increased opportunities to be more involved in the development of their postsecondary and annual goals. Self-determined students become successful adults! Objectives: Explain what the ICAP is and describe the ICAP purpose. Cite the similarities and differences between Individual Career Academic Planning (ICAP) and the transition plan in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Apply best practices for students with disabilities within the ICAP process Relate relevant ICAP resources to discover answers in support of students with disabilities

Intended Audience: 8-12 Educators, Secondary Special Education Teachers, Administrators, School Counselors, CTE Teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

Prioritizing Letter Sounds: A Science-Based Grapheme/Phoneme approach

Description: Unsure of which letters or letter sounds to prioritize during early-reading interventions? This micro-credential shares the results of an in-depth analysis of nearly 120,000 words and 350,000 phoneme/grapheme pairs. Learn which vowels and consonants show up most frequently, as well as considerations for teaching them.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Special Education Teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

Sound Walls

Description: Looking around your classroom, what do you notice about the visual supports you provide to help your students learn to read and write? Many teachers are now utilizing a SOUND WALL to help students grasp all the sounds the letters make to help them remember how to “crack the code” and improve their spelling skills. Don’t know what a sound wall is? Are you wondering how it is different from a word wall? Then this micro-credential is for you!! Learn about the “why” behind utilizing a sound wall, engage in a start-up guide to get going no matter what time of the school year, and then share your experience of using your own sound wall in your classroom within two hours of professional learning. 

Intended Audience: K-3 teachers, Early Childhood, Literacy 

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

Supporting Meaningful Participation through purposeful collaboration conversation

Description: Quality planning that leads to meaningful change for student instruction is possible. This micro-credential highlights the work done by the TIES Center. It provides structures for teams to use the time that is available more effectively to consider the content, instructional strategies, and barriers to learning for all students in the general education classroom, including students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Intended Audience: General Education and Special Education Teachers K-12, Instructional Coaches, Core Team, Direct Service Providers

Approximate Completion Time: 1 hour 

 

Tech Tools to Support the Writing Process

Description: This micro-credential will address how writing is a process and not just a product. Too many times we have students write only for that final published piece.  Participants will explore teaching strategies, supports, and tools to guide them in teaching of writing.

Intended Audience: K-5 general education teachers, special education teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

 

The Opportunity Myth

Description:  Far too many students graduate from high school still unprepared for the lives they want to lead. They enroll in college and land in remedial courses, or start jobs and discover they’re missing skills they need. We wanted to understand why. The Opportunity Myth is the research behind why students are leaving school unprepared for the real world.

Intended Audience: PK-12 Educators, Special Education, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, and Support Staff

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

 

The Science of Reading

Description: The science of reading has gotten a lot of attention recently, but the research and evidence-based practices have been around for several years.  This micro-credential will provide the overview of what the science of reading actually is and the implications for early elementary teachers.. Schools across the U.S. are having serious conversations about how to align early reading instruction to the large body of evidence about reading—the most studied aspect of human learning. This three-part webinar series will break down the “how”, why” and “what” of evidence-based literacy instruction, with a guide to help reflect on that learning.

Intended Audience: Early Elementary Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

 

The Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Rope

Description: This micro-credential takes the research and provides practical implications for the early elementary classroom! In this bit of learning, you will engage in a 10-minute video and listen to a 40-minute podcast that will provide an overview of two models for early literacy: Scarborough’s Reading Rope and The Simple View of Reading.  The content will explain why the Simple View of Reading is still relevant almost 40 years after its inception, the role of word recognition based on the science of reading, and highlight the importance of explicit phonics instruction. The podcast also advocates for an aligned curriculum to bring forth a systematic and equitable approach to reading for all students, and provides insight for teachers on what components are needed in the classroom. 

Intended Audience: Early Literacy Teachers, Title I Teachers, Interventionists, Special Education Teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

 

Top Ten Tips for De-Escalation

Description:  Learners bring precipitating factors into classrooms based on their backgrounds and experiences. At times, teachers need to respond to situations by utilizing de-escalation strategies. Educators need to understand the impact of how their response affects the outcome or a situation. This will have an impact on the learners’ abilities to participate in and access their education. This micro-credential will focus on the top ten tips of de-escalation and practical classroom de-escalation strategies to support learners daily. 

Intended Audience: PK-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and instructional coaches

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

 

Uncovering the Logic of English

Description: Teaching spelling and all the sounds for different letter combinations can be intimidating! This content will provide a beginning understanding of how the language is structured, along with simple, practical generalizations that will unlock a lot of the mysteries of reading and spelling!  By viewing a 30-minute video recording, reading a chapter from Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Ihde, and digging into several practical resources, you will be equipped to begin understanding the patterns and generalizations to make sense of the English language. 

Intended Audience: K-6 Teachers, Paraeducators, Interventionists, Title I Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

 

Using Riot and scil to help determine student needs 

Description: This micro-credential will help participants understand an important piece to the SDI Framework-the RIOT/SCIL Matrix and then they will work through how to use the RIOT/SCIL Matrix to Diagnose for Instructional Design in order to determine the educational needs of their students. (RIOT= Review, Interview, Observation, Test. SCIL=Setting, Curriculum, Instruction, Learner)

*Highly recommended to work through the High Leverage Practice Overview First.*

Intended Audience: PK-12 General, Special Education, Teacher Leaders

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours