Authored by Getting Smart, in partnership with Harmony Public Schools
As an edleader looking for new strategies, how do you change your approach to professional development (PD) to make it an experience of truly valuable professional learning (PL)? Microcredentials aligned to a career advancement pathway for your teachers and administrators. That is what Texas’s continuously growing Harmony Public Schools has committed to accomplishing and now they are sharing their story to improve practice and teacher retention in a time when superintendents, school boards, and teacher associations need it most
As the new school year unfolded, we focused on what leaders at Harmony were doing to prepare and found their trajectory to be slightly different than others contending with the logistics of the pandemic. Like others we profile here, this innovative school system in Texas was positioned to contribute to their communities and make a difference. We learned about their innovation lab contributing PPE to front line workers and that this was an extension of their prior work we covered in 2016 building an exemplary STEM program.
We learned about both the process and promise of their microcredential program, empowering promotion from within the Harmony team as they invest in their educators aspiring to meet their career advancement goals. Over the series, we share Harmony’s process founded on the notion that personalized professional learning wasn’t only achievable, it was well worth the effort of building a program with the right partners and involving their staff in identifying specific skills to learn or enhance.
In this bundle, you’ll find their process, hear from all the roles impacted by Harmony’s approach, and see a path forward for investing in teachers so they can more effectively support learner growth.