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Submission Requirements for a CTQ Micro-credential

Earning a “Writing Publicly to Influence” Micro-credential

If you’re taking part in CTQ’s TeachingPartners Live Collaborative Stories of Impact 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 four domains:

  • Writing Publicly to Influence Colleagues
  • Writing Publicly to Influence Policymakers
  • Writing Publicly to Influence Parents
  • Writing Publicly to Influence and Audience Beyond the Educational Community

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 work 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, 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)


  • 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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