We take instructional growth seriously. We want teachers to feel empowered to improve and grow into their goals. That’s why we offer on-demand and self-paced professional learning options.
Using a credentialing system can hep you in several ways, the least of which being a more concrete mechanism for tracking your growth as a professional. You can be confident that what you’re learning applies today because all courses are built, vetted, and maintained by Elkhart employees.
As you improve, you can track growth through Elkhart Credentials. They are split into two groups: Skills and Competency.>
Skills focus on specific technologies we use in the district. Split into modules, you can explore specific components on your own schedule. Instead of learning everything there is to know about Google, take your time to learn more about Gmail today and Hangouts in a month. The skills stack up and you receive recognition for each tool as you complete individual skills.
A skill is no good unless you can put it into practice, which is why we specify competencies for our teachers. To earn a competency credential, you need to show:
- You have the necessary skills, and
- You can put those skills to work with students.
How does it work?
You need to start by registering for the course on the Elkhart PD site. When you register, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to join the Canvas course. Once you’re in, starting is up to you! Pick a module, challenge yourself with a quiz or two, and leave some feedback on how we can improve the course.
We use a service called Badgr to track your achievements. When you finish a module, the credential is automatically awarded. You don’t need to do anything! You can check your progress at any time using the link on the left side of the screen. You can also read more about each badge, and it’s requirements, in the Badges menu.