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'21-'22 Microcredentialing cohort

Are you interested in transforming your classroom toward human-centered learning?

This microcredentialing program centers teacher action research, where educators select a system to disrupt in their course, make a difference, and publish their findings. Through a guided inquiry process, we’ll support educators in making an impactful difference that respects and engages students.

This course is open to any educator.

Example outcomes include:

Our microcredential walks teachers through the teacher action research process: asking, researching, and implementing a progressive shift in one's class. You will be guided through choosing a topic, developing an action plan, involving your students in your planning, data collecting, reflecting, and publishing your findings. Any work you've already done can be implemented into a microcredential.

Starting off with understanding progressive systems, we will provide support, networking, and resources to fulfill a progressive change in your classroom over the 2021-2022 school year.

Once an educator has fulfilled these requirements, they will submit their work to us for evaluation. After feedback, potentially revision, and approval, a microcredential will be issued. This credential is a uniquely-identifiable image that links to one's unique achievements. It can be displayed on portfolios, resumes, social media, and more.

Start Date: Saturday, October 2nd; 10-11:30AM CT; Weekly
Break: December 4th-January 15th
Continued: Saturday, January 15th until February 19th; 10-11-AM CT; Weekly

Meetings will occur online and will use Canvas as a platform. Admittance is first come, first serve for 20 applicants. Please contact us at info@humanrestorationproject.org for scholarship rates and/or audit-only opportunities.

Led by Jen Lucas, Ed.D: Jenny Lucas is an Assistant Principal in a Texas public school in the greater Houston area. She is passionate about arts advocacy, and it is her hope that students will come to see art not simply as a reflection of culture but rather as a powerful tool to create it. Having grown up in rural Montana, she appreciates Houston’s scarcity of snow and enjoys exploring the city with her family. Lucas holds a B. A. in English Literature and an M. A. in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, an M. Ed. in Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, and an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. In addition to her professional role, she actively volunteers with Houston Welcomes Refugees and serves on the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Arts Council.
What is teacher action research?
Within this course, you will engage in teacher action research, the act of implementing actual change within your classroom. You will involve students in the process, researching current concepts in progressive education and transforming your classroom.

Unlike traditional professional development that tends to mirror traditional "sit and get" strategies where everyone does the same thing, teacher action research is a tool of empowerment that treats you an expert, giving you the support you need to implement research-backed practices.

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It's important to us that our microcredentialing cohort mirror the progressive values we implement in our classrooms. Therefore, we focus on small cohorts, centering the people within the space.
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what's a microcredential?

Our microcredential walks teachers through the teacher action research process: asking, researching, and implementing a progressive shift in one's class. You will be guided through choosing a topic, developing an action plan, involving your students in your planning, data collecting, reflecting, and publishing your findings. Any work you've already done can be implemented into a microcredential.

Once an educator has fulfilled these requirements, they will submit their work to us for evaluation. After feedback, potentially revision, and approval, a microcredential will be issued. This credential is a uniquely-identifiable image that links to one's unique achievements. It can be displayed on portfolios, resumes, social media, and more. Here's an example.

Both self-directed and consultation options are available. The self-directed version will always be open access! With districts, we will roll out and maintain contact through at least three meetings: introducing the microcredentialing process; aligning to district initiatives and/or standards; setting up mentors, groups, and individualized pathways & help educators design teacher action research questions; then meet (as requested) with educators to help facilitate the teacher action research process.

HRP microcredentials offer the unique opportunity to engage educators in the same, research-backed ways that engage students: self-directed pacing, purposeful work, and collaborative efforts. Because these practices are user-driven, school administrators can tie specific initiatives to certain concepts.

This platform is backed by extensive research in how to best initiate PD that’s relevant, engaging, and impacts educators and their practice. Our microcredential is an authentic, cost effective way to engage educators in the planning they already do, while simultaneously awarding further research in one’s practice.
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