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Getting Started for Active SIM™ Professional Developers: Receiving Your Own Professional Developer Credential(s)

  1. Read the July 2015 Stratenotes article about micro-credentialing.
  2. Contact to request an invitation to join your professional developer credential (LSPD, CEPD, LS-Preservice, CE-Preservice). You will receive an email from Badge List containing a link to join the badge as a “Learner.”
  3. Click on the link in the invitation. It will take you to the micro-credential page on the Badge List website.
  4. Click on the green “Join This Badge” button near the top right-hand side of the page. You will join the micro-credential as a “Learner.” This will make you a member of a learning group for Content Enhancement or Learning Strategies. As a member of the group, you will be able to see all of the credentials for all of the strategies or routines available in that group.
  5. Notify KUCRL that you have joined the badge by emailing We will then award the credential to you. Note: Typically at this stage for most micro-credentials, a badge learner would post evidence. However, for your professional developer credential, because you have already demonstrated evidence of mastery to become a professional developer, we will award this credential before you post any evidence.
  6. Add evidence to your credential. Be sure to read the Badge Overview for instructions about how to do this.
    • Long-time professional developers may not have access to evidence they submitted originally to earn certification. In that case, they can provide more recent evidence that showcases their SIM practice (agendas, evaluations, information about projects in which they are involved, sessions they have conducted, etc.)
    • More recent professional developers may submit examples of the recent evidence submitted to their Professional Development Leader to become certified.






Comments from Educators:

~The micro-credentialing badge program is phenomenal! For someone who loves and needs a checklist to keep track of such a busy life, the badge program lends a streamlined platform to check off each evidence and share experiences with our network of SIM professional developers across the nation. SIM is truly the best kept secret in education, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be apart of and earn micro-credentials with such an impactful organization.

~I truly appreciate that the credentialing program helps not only to recognize teachers for the work they do in the classroom (to bridge the gap for struggling learners); it helps to validate the need for this type of instructional model to build the necessary skills/strategies needed by our students.