April 29, 2022

On Your Time Learning: NEA TPS Micro-credentials

Last Updated on March 29, 2022

TPS MCs

Citizen U has developed a new series of micro-credentials in a partnership with the National Education Association and thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program grant. This professional learning offering aims to help educators better integrate inquiry learning with primary sources into instruction across grades and disciplines using a variety of frameworks and strategies.

The first four micro-credentials, listed below, were developed in collaboration with NEA educators and TPS Consortium partners Emerging AmericaCollaborative for Educational Services and Inquiry in the Upper MidwestMinnesota Historical Society. They are available via the NEA TPS Micro-credential Library.

A second set of four micro-credentials are currently under development in collaboration with a new group of NEA educators and TPS Consortium partners, including the TPS Western Region and the Right Question Institute. These TPS Micro-credentials include: Primary Sources & Picture Books, Primary Sources & Tech, Place-based Learning with Primary Sources, and Using the QFT with Primary Sources.

The TPS micro-credentials are free for NEA members and $75 for non-members. School districts interested in enrolling a large group of educators consisting of some or all non-NEA members should contact us. While the micro-credentials are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your own time, we also provide a TPS Micro-credentials group on the TPS Teachers Network to offer support for educators.

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Inquiry with Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses inquiry to engage learners in analysis of primary sources to promote student empathy, foster understanding of multiple perspectives, deepen content knowledge, and enhance critical thinking skills.

Key Method: Educator curates relevant and appropriate primary source sets to develop and analyze an inquiry-based primary source learning activity.

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Multidisciplinary Civics with Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses inquiry learning with primary sources to enhance students’ civics knowledge, skills, and dispositions across one or more disciplines.

Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes a multidisciplinary civics lesson using inquiry and primary sources.

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Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses primary sources and inquiry strategies to craft culturally relevant instruction.

Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes a lesson that incorporates the three tenets of culturally relevant pedagogy with primary sources

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Universal Design for Learning with Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with primary sources to provide multiple means of engagement, representation of information, and opportunities for action and expression to increase universal accessibility of course content and skills.

Key Method: Educator customizes and augments a primary source learning activity by employing UDL principles to increase universal accessibility.

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The Question Formulation Technique & Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to engage learners in content by generating and analyzing questions about a primary source.

Key Method: Educator creates  or revises a lesson using the QFT with a primary source, directly connecting students’ questions to the next steps of their learning.

 

Pairing Primary Sources with Historical Picture Books

Competency: Educator uses an inquiry approach to learning that utilizes primary sources and an historical picture book.

Key Method: Educator develops and analyzes an inquiry-based lesson that pairs an historical picture book with a curated set of related primary sources.

 

Connecting Primary Sources & Technology for Formative Assessment

Competency: Educator connects primary sources with technology for formative assessment to meet instructional goals and increase student engagement with course content.

Key Method: Educator creates or revises a lesson that uses technology for formative assessments of primary sources.

 

Connecting Primary Sources & Historic Places

Competency: Educator connects primary sources with an historic place to meet instructional goals and increase student engagement with course content.

Key Method: Educator creates or revises a lesson that that connects primary sources with an historic place to teach about an event, person, or landscape.

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