Opportunity for Financial Educators: Earn Professional Development Micro-credentials

Throughout April, we are celebrating Financial Capability Month by featuring a variety of financial education programs and resources that you can put to use in your classroom right away. The ninth of these programs is from Digital Promise.

Have you heard of micro-credentials yet? If not, spend some time exploring the work of Digital Promise. The organization has developed engaging and innovative micro-credentials that help educators gain knowledge and practice using different research-based practices. Their selection of offerings includes a wide range of topics ranging from media literacy to makerspaces.

The general process of earning a micro-credential is the same across all topics:infographic explaining the micro-credential process

  • Select – Pick a skill you have or wish to develop.
  • Collect – Gather the evidence that will show you have mastered the chosen area.
  • Submit – Upload your evidence to the platform.
  • Share – Let others know about your micro-credential by showing off your badge(s).

Recently Digital Promise teamed up with the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at George Washington University to develop a series of micro-credentials for financial education.  Each badge helps educators hone specific research-backed strategies while also teaching important personal finance concepts. Which badge might you earn and show off to your colleagues and students? Below are a few to get you started.

Budgeting with Simulations – Show that you can effectively use a simulation in your class to teach about budgeting. Options are provided for using a digital or tabletop simulation.

Understanding Credit Scores with Graphic Organizers – For this credential, you will have students read a text about credit scores and then complete a concept map or other graphic organizer to collect their ideas and information. They can then use this as they respond to a writing prompt.

Performance-Based Learning: Using Your Mobile Phone for Financial Management and Decision Making – Students practically live on their phones. Help them turn their phone into a useful tool for personal finance by implementing the strategies in this micro-credential.

Disclaimer: Resources included on the Making Cents blog have been reviewed by Pennsylvania educators and deemed worthwhile for classroom or professional use. Inclusion does not indicate endorsement by the Pennsylvania Department of Education or Penn State University.

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