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Defined's Micro-Credentials

Defined's micro-credentials are a competency-based form of certification developed and issued based upon personalized professional learning experiences that demonstrate an educator’s application of skills and knowledge to improve professional practice that supports student success.

Each Defined micro-credential serves as an assessment of a specific competency where educators apply their knowledge and skills to create a unique product, reflect, and apply their knowledge thus demonstrating their competence. Micro-credentials are completed individually and are an excellent support mechanism for ongoing skill development and sustaining PBL practices. 

Defined Digital Medallion & Custom Digital Medallions

The Defined Digital Medallion synthesizes 10 of the most important micro-credentials that align with best classroom practices associated with PBL. Each micro-credential that makes up the Defined Digital Medallion, marked with an asterisk in the chart below, is also aligned with the essential elements of the Danielson and Marzano effective educator frameworks.

Districts wishing to create their own Custom Digital Medallion may choose from a combination of up to 10 of the micro-credentials listed below. 



Planning and Preparation 1. Aligning to Standards
2. Infusing (5Cs, 21st Century, Workplace, SEL) Skills*
3. Designing Authentic Tasks*
4. Developing Driving Questions
5. Using GRASP to Frame a Task
6. Planning for Student Voice and Choice*
Instruction 1. Purposeful Grouping
2. Providing Scaffolding*
3. Effective Facilitation/Coaching*
4. Meaningful Feedback
5. Guiding Research
6. Digital Literacy
Assessment 1. Pre/Diagnostic Assessment — Finding Out
2. Formative Assessment — Checking In*
3. Summative Assessment — Making Sure*
4. Rubric Design
5. Critique and Revision*
6. Public Product
Classroom Environment 1. A Culture of Reflection*
2. Developing Self-Direction
3. Encouraging Risk-Taking
4. Creating an Environment of Sustained Inquiry*
5. Developing a Growth Mindset/Grit
6. Incorporating Social/Emotional Learning
Leadership 1. Reflecting on Teaching
2. Collaborating with Colleagues
3. Leading Professional Learning
4. Creating Community Events
5. Communicating with Families
6. Growing and Developing Professionally



The Learning Never Ends

Despite what your students may think, teachers don’t know everything. The key to inspire deeper learning is to pass on the skills of hands-on self-education. When instructor skills and understanding grow, student skills and understanding grow as well. The connections are clear. Supporting educators is vital to a healthy learning environment.