Digital Badges for Professional Development

Article V: Organizational Transformation within the Visioning Document includes the premise below, indicating the need for a climate and conditions that support [relevant development opportunities].

V.c The overall quality of the present teaching force is excellent, and most teachers are capable and willing to take on their new designer role if their sense of moral purpose for entering teaching is honored, and if they are provided relevant development opportunities and a climate and conditions that support them.

As we strive to provide teacher professional development opportunities that reflect the same type of instruction and learning expected in the classrooms (flexible in time/access, high learner engagement, choice and autonomy when possible, and that leverage the power of digital media and online learning), we may look to districts that have set up a systematic digital badging process to reward teachers for their participation in PD.

New Braunfels ISD offers opportunities for teachers and staff to earn badges or request training related to specific digital applications or software used throughout the district.

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As a means to network educators, build capacity, and exhibit shared leadership, teachers can access a Resident Expert section of the website to see a list of teachers and the badges they have earned.

Denton ISD also has a website devoted to Instructional Technology badges.

Notice the statement under the video: It’s not really about the badges.  It’s about what happens with your students.

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Badges do not have to be digital – this Growth Mindset Award is one example of a badge at Coppell Middle School North.  The educators are granted this award when they choose to participate in professional learning on their own time.  The campus administrators note that such initiative is a huge indicator of willingness to grow and improve as a professional.


Does your district use badges for teacher professional learning?  Please share in the comments below.




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