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By Learning Forward
February 2021
1,000+ active microcredentials New America reviewed the landscape of educator microcredentials, defined as “a verification of a discrete skill or competency that a teacher has demonstrated through the submission of evidence assessed via a validated rubric.” The authors found there are over 1,000 active microcredentials offered, and the two largest platforms (NEA and Digital Promise) resulted in 2,232 educators earning 4,219 microcredentials during 2019-20. Educators expressed strong interest in microcredentials but less interest in displaying them to colleagues. The authors conclude that microcredentials have potential to improve professional learning but that “it is too soon to say with certainty” whether the potential will be fulfilled. The report includes recommendations for maximizing the potential benefits. bit.ly/36BD82R $75 million on teacher residencies To address concerns over teacher

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