May 3, 2022

On Your Time Learning: NEA TPS Micro-credentials

Last Updated on May 3, 2022

TPS MCs

Citizen U has developed a series of 8 micro-credentials in a partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) 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. It was developed in collaboration with NEA educators and TPS Consortium partners Emerging AmericaCollaborative for Educational Services; Inquiry in the Upper MidwestMinnesota Historical Society; Right Question Institute; and the TPS Western Region.

These TPS micro-credentials are asynchronous, meaning educators can complete them on their own time. In addition to assembling digital portfolios and earning digital badges, educators typically can also receive local/state certification of professional development credit towards license renewal and graduate credit may be possible for a supplemental fee. Citizen U also provides a TPS Micro-credentials group on the TPS Teachers Network to offer support for educators.

TPS micro-credentials are free for NEA members in every state and Citizen U has a number vouchers valued at $75 each for non-members (apply with a valid school email). Funding may also be available for school districts interested in enrolling a large group of educators consisting of some or all non-NEA members; contact us to learn more.

 

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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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.

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Connecting Primary Sources with 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 connects primary sources with a historic place to teach about an event, person, or landscape.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Universal Design for Learning with Primary Sources

Competency: Educator uses 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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* Educators with no foundational training in teaching inquiry with primary sources from the Library of Congress may find it helpful to begin with the Inquiry with Primary Sources micro-credential before proceeding to subsequent ones.

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