About How To Be Heard

THE BOOK FOR EVERY TEACHER WHO HAS EVER BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE DECISIONS MADE OUTSIDE THEIR SCHOOL THAT AFFECT THE STUDENTS INSIDE THEIR SCHOOL. How to Be Heard offers every teacher 10 ways to successfully amplify his or her... Read More

“Ask any teacher the question, “Have you ever been frustrated at how a decision made outside your classroom affected the students inside your classroom?” “I believe every teacher in America would answer “yes”.”

I’ve spent the past ten years of my life working with teachers across the country to make changes on behalf of their students. From introducing new programs in their districts to changing union contracts to successfully advocating for state legislation, I’ve helped thousands of teachers become effective advocates—empowering them to support their students. I’ve captured the lessons teachers need to build influence and power in my new book, How to Be Heard, and will be sharing them across a series of skill-building Teaching Partners Live Workshops.

I offer nuts-and-bolts strategies that together are recognized as the “price of admission” to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. I believe that it’s possible for teachers to initiate change, and to participate effectively on the policy playing field.

I hope you’ll join me. You’re invited to any–and all–of the four workshops that together comprise my TeachingPartners Live Collaborative How to Be Heard. Click the “Workshop” tab above to register and learn the “price of admission” to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions.

When you’re done, you’ll be ready to initiate change. You can also apply what you’ve learned toward receiving a Certificate of Participation and earning a micro-credential from the Center for Teaching Quality.

 

Celine Coggins is offering nuts-and-bolts strategies from her new book How to Be Heard. Get your chance to meet the author and to learn to initiate change, and to participate effectively on the policy playing field.

Register for any of these free, credit-bearing, TeachingPartners Live Workshops and learn the “price of admission” to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. When you’re done, you’ll be ready to initiate change. You can also what you’ve learned toward receiving a Certificate of Participation and earning a micro-credential from the Center for Teaching Quality.

Earning a Micro-Credential from the Center for Teaching Quality

Very likely, becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions will require you to champion your own idea and pursuadre others of its value. The resulting benefit to you–and to the teachers, administrators, and students you serve–will certainly be your first motivation.

In addition, when you put the skills introduced in each How to Be Heard workshop to work with the aim of influencing others, your successful implementation of these skills can also make it possible for you to earn a micro-credential from the Center of Teaching Quality that you can share with your school or district.

Teachers who complete any (or all!) of the Workshops that comprise this TeachingPartners Live Collaborative are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion direct from TeachingPartners–one that documents six hours of active participation in each TeachingPartners Live Workshop you complete.

You can also use what you learn in these workshops to better shape a piece of writing that you believe has the potential to influence others–other teachers you know, faculty and administrators, and even people outside the education community. If you do, you can apply to the Center for Teaching Quality to receive a micro-credential that affirms your ability to create a document that can influence one or more of these audiences.

To do so, you need only:

  • Respond to two overview questions, designed to help CTQ understand the specific aims of your writing.
  • Provide evidence of your writing—something you’ve written to influence colleagues, administrators, or people outside of education—within the past 24 months.
  • Reflect on the aims and outcomes of your efforts.

The detailed requirements for this application are presented within the Requirements tab as part of this collaborative. Download the corresponding PDF you see there to explore even more fully what’s required to receive your micro-credential for this practice.

When you’re ready, send your submission to us at microcredential@teachingpartners.com. We’ll confirm receipt right away and share your submission with the Center of Teaching Quality, which will consider it based on the rubric presented in the PDFs referenced above.

Submission Requirements for a CTQ Micro-credential

Earning a “Writing to Influence” Micro-credential

If you’re taking part in Celine Coggins’ TeachingPartners Live Collaborative How to Be Heard you’re likely already well on your way to demonstrating your ability to communicate your own professional achievements to others. CTQ makes it possible for you to apply what you’ve completed in this Collaborative to the earning of a micro-credential that verifies this achievement in one of three domains:

  • Writing to Influence Colleagues
  • Writing to Influence Policy Makers
  • Writing to Influence Parents

No matter the audience you intend to influence, your tasks in relation to receiving a micro-credential are very much the same. First, you must respond to two brief overview questions that establish the context for your writing; then you must submit evidence that documents your writing; finally, you must complete a reflection on the outcomes of your efforts. Your efforts will then be reviewed by CTQ. To earn a micro-credential in any of these three domains you must submit your efforts as part of a standard micro-credential application to CTQ.

To review the applications in detail, and to submit your work efforts, please visit BloomBoard.com, where CTQ presents its micro-credentials. In advance of that, you can prepare the specific requirements for each micro-credential, below.

 

General Micro-credential Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Part 1. Overview questions
(500-word limit total for both)

  • What prompted you to write this piece? Please describe the conversations, current events, or other publications that inspired you to create this piece.
  • Who is your audience? Describe the specific group you targeted with as much detail as possible.

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts
Submit a piece of writing in one of the following forms: a link to an online document available to colleagues, an image documenting written conversation with colleagues, or a PDF of a published piece that has been shared with colleagues. This document should have the goal of influencing colleagues to make changes in their practice or take action on a specific issue. Example topics might include new initiatives, valuable programs, innovative technologies, assessment practices, or policy changes. Writing must have been published in the past 24 months.

Your artifact submission will be assessed on the following rubric. You must score a Proficient or Exemplary score on this portion of the submission in order to earn the micro-credential.

Part 3. Reflection
Submit a reflection answering the following prompts. Your reflection can be submitted in EITHER of the following formats:

  • Link to a published, publicly viewable video (4-minute limit)
  • Written response saved as a PDF (1,000-word limit)

Prompts

  • Identify 2–3 specific choices (i.e., length, formatting, word choice, incorporated support, publication platform) you made that helped to influence one or more colleagues more effectively. Explain these choices and how they affected this audience.
  • What outcomes do you expect your publication to achieve? What is your plan for achieving these outcomes? How would you define success for this publication?
  • To what degree have you achieved your outcomes thus far? Cite specific examples, if possible.

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