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Competency-based Professional Learning

Hello there,

I often hear from district leaders in both urban and rural areas about teacher shortages — there simply aren’t enough teachers in the pipeline to replace those leaving the profession.

The superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools recently spoke to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to propose solutions to expand the teacher pipeline through alternative pathways to licensure. Meanwhile in rural Minnesota, Lakes Country Service Cooperative has developed a competency-based licensure program, initially designed for CTE licensure areas focused on educators earning micro-credentials in critical competencies.

It’s important to understand the significant impact this teacher shortfall is having on schools across the country, and how creating alternative ways to get quality people interested and able to teach in the classroom.


Sanford Kenyon
CEO, BloomBoard


Superintendent Seeks Alternate Pathways to Teaching
St. Louis Public Schools Pushes State for Accelerated Teacher Certification with Micro-credentials

St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) is asking state officials for more flexibility and pathways to getting quality teachers into classrooms. It’s something state education officials said is worth serious consideration. SLPS Superintendent Kelvin Adams has asked the Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to consider developing micro-credentials that would allow teachers to show competency through experience instead of education. (via St. Louis Public Radio)

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Leveraging Micro-credentials for Alternative Teacher Licensure

Josh Nelson explains how and why Minnesota and Lakes Country Service Cooperative are leading the push towards using micro-credentials for alternative teacher licensure. Watch this video to hear how they have partnered with BloomBoard to develop a competency-based licensure program.

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Building a Comprehensive Path Toward Being a Professional Educator

With too many teachers leaving the profession each year, developing a variety of cohesive paths to roles inside and outside the classroom will provide educators with more robust careers with opportunities for advancement and growth. Read part one of our series on redefining educator career pathways with micro-credentials, co-written by the American Institutes for Research./p>

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