The PESB is excited to offer up to twenty $18,000 grants to Washington State school districts, district consortiums, ESDs, and clock hour providers/higher education institutions (partnered with a district) interested in being the leading edge of professional learning by piloting competency-based micro-credentials.
Micro-credentials create an opportunity for educators to “learn by doing”. Educators can earn micro-credentials by demonstrating a competency or skill set in their classroom. While working on their selected task, the educators are coached along the pathway with effective and timely feedback. Their work is reviewed by a group of trained educators who determine if competency has been reached.
PESB’s micro-credential implementation contractor will provide support in terms of communication materials, registering identified participants, and support of participants on the online platform.
To apply, please read all details and submit an application by June 1st, 5pm.
Find out more at our informational webinar:
Please contact Maren Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the webinar recording.
|Micro-credentials ARE:||Micro-credentials are NOT:|
Grant applicants select one Micro-credential for focus. The three Micro-credential options are:
|Micro-credential||Description||Minimum Number of Participants||Application Deadline|
|Social Emotional Learning (SEL)||SEL is comprised of a set of strategies that support an individual’s ability to develop and apply a set of foundational skills one needs to be successful in school, work, and life.||25||6/1/2018 5pm|
|Elementary Computer Science (ECS)||Identifying existing patterns of instruction in the classroom around unplugged Computational Thinking and the basics of computer science.||25||6/1/2018 5pm|
|Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT)||A specialization of three micro-credentials designed to prepare educators to support high school students in learning about the teaching profession in a RWT course. The RWT program aims to diversify the educator workforce.||3 Teachers from different High Schools, 2 partner teachers (elem. or middle school teachers hosting RWT students for the practicum), 1 district level admin or HR staff.||6/1/2018 5pm|
Timeline for Micro-credential Pilot Grant
|May 3, 2018||Announcement about the grant released|
|Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00 pm||Informational webinar for grant applicants.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
|Friday, June 1, 2018||Proposals due by 5:00 pm. No extensions.|
|Friday, June 15, 2018||Awardees announced.|
|August 1, 2018||Grant funds distributed by this date.|
|Thursday, August 16, 2018||Statewide Micro-credential Kick-Off|
|September 2018||Micro-credential coordinators meet virtually|
|Week of September 17||Local kickoff. Participants begin micro-credentials.|
|October 2018||Micro-credential coordinators meet virtually.|
|October 26, 2018||Potential deadline for micro-credential submission.|
|November 9, 2018||Potential deadline for portions of any micro-credentials which may need to be resubmitted.|
|November/December 2018||Micro-credential coordinators meet virtually.|
|Friday, January 18, 2019||Final reports due.|
|Thursday, January 24, 2019||Micro-credential Policy Convening. Olympia or SeaTac area.|
|February, March, April 2019||Micro-credential coordinators meet virtually. Participants engage in micro-credentials.|
|May 15, 2019||RWT Implementation plan due.|
|May 31, 2019||RWT Final Report due.|