In 2019-2021 KVEC, through a research project with the Kentucky Department of Education, launched an innovative approach to the development of micro-credentials for clinical, personalized professional learning designed for teachers of students with disabilities. Twelve teams of Special Education teachers and KVEC staff identified specific skills and competencies needed by teachers of students with disabilities. Those teams crafted 12 micro-credentials that, while aimed at special education teachers, would also be appropriate for regular education teachers. Those micro-credentials include Co-Teaching, Using QFT in Math Instruction, Eliciting Student Thinking, and Using Direct Measures in Progress Monitoring. The presentations by KVEC Special Education teachers who designed the micro-credentials discuss the skills and competencies the micro-credentials are designed to credential, the process of developing micro-credentials, and the lesson learned in this pilot project.
Activating Catalytic Transformation (ACT) is a network of 17 school-based shared leadership teams who have been working together over the course of the 2019-2020 school year to utilize a cycle of continuous improvement to identify and solve a school-wide problem of practice. Each school has engaged in data analysis, the identification of a systemic problem of practice, the development of a Theory of Action guided by scholarship and research, implemented the Theory of Action and are engaged in sharing their solutions across the Network and beyond. Problems of Practice include increasing student attendance, strengthening staff-student relationships, authentic student engagement, and strengthening grade-level alignment of instruction. The High School teams in ACT also participated in a research project with REL Appalachia and learned strategies for implementing cycles of continuous improvement. Each school has an amazing story to tell, supported with research and artifacts to make their lessons learned shareable.