Four in five educators engage in professional learning on their own time — time that is most often not recognized by their school systems. The educator micro-credentials initiative steps into that gap, offering personalized, competency-based, on-demand opportunities for educators to gain recognition for what they know and can do. Digital Promise and CTQ work to use micro-credentials as a tool to transform how educators learn and lead together.
National Education Association
Teacher leadership has become a widespread, formal practice for districts over the last decade. Before that, many teachers found the most consistent opportunities to develop and serve as leaders through their associations. The National Education Association (NEA) and CTQ have partnered extensively to advocate for leadership opportunities for teachers, and to build new approaches to professional leadership from within the NEA and its affiliates. Most recently, the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) — a joint project led by the NEA, partnering with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and CTQ — represents a comprehensive effort to recruit, prepare, activate, and support the next generation of teachers to lead a transformed teaching profession.
South Carolina Department of Education
SCDE and CTQ collaborated to design a statewide Collective Leadership Initiative (CLI). CLI schools develop leadership teams that engage administrators and teachers in improvement and innovation efforts for each campus. Supports have helped CLI schools narrow achievement gaps, win statewide awards, navigate online learning transitions, and reorganize master schedules to maximize time, staff, and other resources. The third CLI cohort launches in fall 2020, bringing the initiative’s reach to a total of 33 schools across the state.
University of South Carolina College of Education
Through the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Center for Educational Partnerships, CTQ networks with other entities to encourage, facilitate, and support quality K-12 education in SC. The Carolina Collaborative for Alternative Preparation (CarolinaCAP) – a partnership among UofSC, CTQ, and prioritized rural districts – creates an alternative pathway into teaching. SC-TEACHER (the Teacher Education Advancement Consortium through Higher Education Research) seeks to understand, through comprehensive research, how teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention efforts impact teacher effectiveness in the state.