Although the grit and love teachers are bringing to their jobs is heroic, many are experiencing unnecessary stress this year without access to modern instructional models.
But with tested and refined blended-learning strategies that have already solved for the back-and-forth shift between remote and in-person instruction, the job becomes much easier.
Teachers are able to reach and connect with each learner by leveraging technology for increased engagement instead of distraction.
They have more time to cultivate 1-on-1 coaching relationships.
They can confidently meet an array of learning gaps and gifts..
And they are able to respond with agility to the changing dynamics of school as we’ve always known it.
Foundations for Blended Learning is a package of six micro-credentials that guide teachers through the basic steps of setting up a flexible, blended classroom—the optimal model for student-driven, teacher-supported learning.
With Foundations for Blended Learning Micro-Credentials you have:
A teacher training solution that’s adaptable and flexible to your district’s needs
A tactical model that provides meaningful change in practice
An implementation structure that you can launch quickly and efficiently
Using a Blended Learning Arc design that works both in-person and online, your teachers will learn how to:
Shift to a flexible learning environment so that they and their students can move easily back and forth between physical and virtual learning
Implement practical strategies to reach and engage each student, online or face-to-face
Plan their schedule, establish classroom norms, and equip students with habits that empower them to achieve courageous goals this year
Foundations for Blended Learning Micro-Credentials is not “yet another thing” to add to teachers’ plates.
Rather, this is THE thing to guide and ease teachers’ efforts as they update their practice to meet the demands of school in an ever-changing, modern world.
Ready to Blend has curated the best set of instructional resources and training modules on the market for helping teachers make the critical shift to flexible, blended instruction. The Foundations of Blended Learning package respects teachers’ time and gives them the guided support they need and want in order to be rockstars for their students.
Director of Technology & Innovation in Wisconsin,
author of The Fire Within and Divergent EDU
The 6 Micro-Credentials
Assessing individual student needs for blended learning
demonstrate that the educator can assess unique student learning needs that can arise when instruction moves to a blended or remote teaching modality.
complete an Student Needs Analysis; identify gaps related to student needs.
create an action plan to fill those gaps.
Designing a weekly Blended Learning Arc
develop a weekly learning schedule that blends face-to-face and remote teaching modalities.
design a weekly blended learning arc that requires the educator to plan for whole group launch and closing sessions and to structure individual student learning sprints, collaborative projects/games, and 1:1 student check-ins.
Building relationships with individual students in a blended environment
demonstrate that the educator can project a warm and accessible personna to students that supports the shift to a coaching and mentoring rapport.
develop a communication and feedback process that ensures quality interactions with individual students, and provide unconditional positive regard showing complete support and acceptance of all students even when students struggle to connect.
Establishing norms of engagement for blended environments
develop community norms for positive and rigorous engagement in face-to-face and remote interactions necessary to thrive in a blended learning environment.
learn how to onboard students successfully to this new learning experience and embed the community norms into the classroom culture
Engaging parents to support blended learning
engage with parents as partners to address the unique demands of a blended learning environment.
establish accessible systems for two-way communication with parents and develop parent commitment to giving balanced support to their students during any remote portion of blended learning.
Onboarding students to blended learning
guide students to develop the skills needed to effectively engage in a blended learning environment
teach students digital technology literacy skills so that they can access and participate in content online, nurture agency habits so they can manage their own learning processes, and support students who are not productively engaging in a blended environment.
I cannot say enough about our work with Heather and Ready to Blend related to our new Foundations of Blended Learning program. Heather's expertise and passion for enabling educators with the right skills at the right time have enabled us to create and deliver a robust, best-in-class micro-credential based learning experience for educators in an incredibly short period of time. We couldn't be more excited about the partnership and our joint work with Ready to Blend.
CEO of BloomBoard
How It Works
Immediately upon enrollment, your teachers will have 24/7 access to a learning platform with exemplar videos, practice activities, and specific instructional resources to give teachers exactly what they need without wasting their time.
Nationally normed professional evaluators review teachers’ evidence of implementation to provide teachers and administrators with real-time data about what’s working and who needs additional support.
From start to completion, expert Blended Learning Coaches from Bloomboard are continually on stand-by to give teachers support and encouragement.
Educators spend roughly 15 weeks completing the 6 micro-credentials. The timeline varies according to each district’s needs and plan. Upon completion, BloomBoard awards the educator the Foundations for Blended Learning Micro-Endorsement.
The cost ranges from $1,400 to $1,600 per educator for the full program.
About Heather Staker
Heather is a researcher and author in the United States who has spent 15 years studying innovation in education and the rise of blended learning as the enabler of student-centered learning.
She is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools and The Blended Workbook, as well as the popular report How to Create Higher Performing, Happier Classrooms in Seven Moves: A Playbook for Teachers.
As the founder of Ready to Blend, Heather leads a team of 150 facilitators in the United States, Middle East, and South America who have been certified to deliver blended-learning workshops to their teachers.
BloomBoard is the leading platform for enabling educator advancement via micro-credentials, a form of micro-certification. With BloomBoard, districts can provide meaningful professional learning experiences, improving how they support, scale, and grow effective teachers. For educators, BloomBoard provides a place to build new competencies and earn certification through micro-credentials.
Curriculum Design & Delivery
The curriculum design for Foundations for Blended Learning Micro-Credentials is led by Heather Staker of Ready to Blend and delivered by Bloomboard through the support of a dedicated Bloomboard Learning Coach.
Not only did the content provide the blended learning expertise and practice our faculty and staff needed to prepare for the upcoming year, but the methodology and approach was a perfect fit for our needs as well. We are already seeing results. Additionally, we feel confident that our teachers will be supported this fall as we organize and execute upon this new endeavor in a way that more effectively meets the needs of each and every student.
Chief Academic Officer, McDowell County Schools
Call to Action
What is a micro-credential?
Micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify a teacher’s accomplishment in a specific skill. To earn a micro-credential, educators must submit evidence—such as a classroom video, student surveys, or a lesson plan—to demonstrate their competence in a skill. Educators can start and finish a micro-credential whenever they want. The Foundations for Blended Learning package includes the six most important micro-credentials to help teachers shift their instruction this school year.
The Christensen Institute report “Educator competencies for student-centered teaching,” published September 2020, gives a theory-based rationale for micro-credentials as a modular solution for stackable, customizable, easy-to-set-up teacher PD and names the Foundations for Blended Learning cluster of micro-credentials.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of micro-credentials?
How are teachers compensated for earning micro-credentials?
How are BloomBoard micro-credentials structured?
What is the research base for Foundations for Blended Learning?
Educator competencies for student-centered teaching (publication pending)