Competency-based K-12 blended teaching badges/micro-credentials
Abstract: While competency organizations continue to develop standards that are unique and complete in describing the skills necessary to teach in a K-12 blended setting, some states have already moved to requiring pre-service teachers to know how to teach in traditional in-person, online-only, and blended contexts in order to earn licensure. This demand has required institutions to seek ways to prepare teacher candidates for blended teaching as well as find ways to assess this preparation. Badges (also called micro-credentials or comprehensive learner records) allow for individuals to showcase important skills that they have learned by earning a symbol of that learning. Our blended teaching roadmap provides a way for educators to showcase their willingness to learn about blended teaching by earning badges. More importantly, however, it provides a rigorous and competency-based approach to preparing K-12 teachers and teacher candidates for blended teaching. The badges earned can then be used to demonstrate a teacher’s ability to plan, create, and implement blended teaching strategies and activities.