PESB offers 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)that are interested in piloting competency-based micro-credentials.
What are 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.
The micro-credential implementation contractor will provide support in terms of communication materials, registering identified participants, and support of participants on the online platform.
|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.|
|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.|
Please contact Maren Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.