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Dysart U

Participation Requirements 

To remain eligible to participate in Dysart U, participants must meet the following criteria:            

  • earn a minimum of 5 total micro-credentials each school year
  • deadline for submission is the last day of school for teachers 
  • to be eligible, a micro-credential needs to be granted (a submitted status will only hold a participants spot until a granted status is returned; if a denied status is returned that submission does not count toward the participation requirements)

Dysart U focuses on “U” - you as a learner, you as a teacher and you as a leader. This opportunity provides rigorous coursework which allows participants to move towards and beyond the Master’s level on the Dysart salary schedule. These pre-approved professional growth hours will be applied incrementally upon completion of half of the program and the full program and are provided at no cost to the Dysart participant.
 
With Dysart U, we will allow teachers to demonstrate specific competencies using micro-credentials. Utilizing the district’s current professional growth step structure, after earning 15 micro-credentials, or half of the Dysart U program of study (Phase 1), a participant would be eligible for a 4% increase in salary. Upon completion of the other half of the Dysart U program of study (Phase 2), the participant would be eligible for another 4% increase. Each increase equates to a professional growth step on the salary schedule. These salary increases will be applied in alignment with existing Dysart professional growth policies and practices. However, Dysart U micro-credentials cannot be combined with any other higher education courses or professional growth hours as part of the Dysart U pilot program.  The micro-credentials are Dysart specific and are not part of an accredited higher learning institution.
 
Phase 1 of the program consists of 15 micro-credentials with an emphasis on collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, technology integration, growth mindset, personalized learning, and flexible grouping. (As a part of Phase 1 the first 5 micro-credentials are considered the Introduction of the program and are in italics below.)  The program is designed to provide participants with choice within topic areas to provide personalized learning opportunities to meet their individual professional needs. 

Phase 1 micro-credentials include:
  • Engaging in Professional Learning Communities
  • SAMR: Effective Use of Technology at the “Substitution” Level
  • Cultivating Your Growth Mindset
  • Communication for Global Action Using Technology
  • Choice Topic: Questioning (Choose 1)
    • Deepening Understanding Through Probing Questions
    • Scaffolding Questions to Drive Student Learning
    • Creating Rigorous Questions: Effective Differentiation Strategies
    • Differentiating Text-Dependent Questioning
  • Choice Topic: Technology Integration (Choose 2)
    • SAMR: Effective Use of Technology at "Modification" Level
    • SAMR: Effective Use of Technology at the “Redefinition” Level
    • Engage Student Learning Through a Group Project Using G Suite
    • Integrating Digital Citizenship Into Instruction
  • Using the Honeycomb as a Change Strategy
  • Standards-Guided Learning
  • Creating a Plan for Redesigned Learning
  • Choice Topic: Personalized Learning (Choose 3)
    • Learner Profile
    • Proficiency-Based Progress
    • Customized Learning Paths
    • Understanding a Learner-Centered Experience
    • Learner Voice Infused
    • Personal Learning Goals
    • Shared Commitment to Success
    • Learner as Resource
    • Learner Independence
    • Creating Physical Environments for Learning
    • Developing a Climate of Respect and Rapport
  • Choice Topic: 4Cs (Choose 2)
    • Creativity to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
    • Critical Thinking to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
    • Collaboration to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
    • Communication to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment

Phase 2 micro-credentials are chosen from interest clusters as a part of a personalized professional learning plan.
Phase 2 participants will work directly with the Professional Learning Coordinator to choose their micro-credentials. 

To be eligible, the staff member’s position must qualify for professional development salary increases. This includes all certified teachers, instructional specialists, and other specific certified positions. If you are unsure if your position is eligible, please see all included job titles listed on this page. There are no additional qualifications for eligibility. 

Dysart U was a pilot that began in January of 2017 with the acceptance of the first 60 eligible staff members who applied. 
A new cohort of staff members will be added to Phase 1 in Fall 2018. Space is limited in this exciting program and participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

 

Application Information

  • This application went live at 5PM on Wednesday, August  8th. Participation is first come, first served. Due to the overwhelming response we are no longer accepting applicants and have created a wait list. If you are interested please look for additional application windows in the future. 
  • Note: You will need to be logged into your browser using your Dysart Google credentials to have access to the application. 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
To be eligible, the staff member’s position must qualify for professional development salary increases. This includes all certified teachers, instructional specialists, and other specific certified positions. If you are unsure if your position is eligible, please contact your HR Regional Specialist

Will there be additional opportunities for Dysart U if I am not one of the first  to sign up for this program?
Yes. There will be a waiting list created and interested staff members will be added if space becomes available. 

What will the time commitment be for participating in Dysart U?
Micro-credentials are a form of competency based professional learning so the time commitment for mastering each credential will be based upon the learner's prior knowledge and experiences. Therefore, the amount of time for each portion will vary. However, similar to a higher education program, Dysart U will require higher level thinking and a dedication of time from the participant.

What are the face-to-face meeting requirements for participating in Dysart U?
Although Dysart U supports learning at an individualized pace, it is also a collaborative process. After an initial orientation meeting, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in person and electronically as needed to make progress towards the attainment of micro-credentials.

 

What is a micro-credential? 
Micro-credentials (or digital badges) provide educators an opportunity to earn recognition for the specific skills and competencies they learn throughout their careers. Similar to performance-based assessments, micro-credentials allow educators to showcase their growing skills using specific submission criteria focused on job-embedded tasks, a research base, recommended resources for preparing a submission, and a scoring rubric. Submissions are reviewed by nationally recognized expert educators, ensuring that achieving a micro-credential represents a meaningful step on an educator's path of accomplished teaching. 

What are the requirements for each micro-credential?
For the Dysart U program, we will use an electronic platform containing resources, requirements, rubrics, and feedback for each micro-credential. The platform also provides an electronic space for participants to collaborate and provide each other feedback on their evidence prior to submission.

Who evaluates evidence for micro-credentials?
External educational experts will be evaluating submissions in the Dysart U program to determine if they meet rubric requirements or if the participant is not there yet. After receiving and applying feedback, participants may attempt another submission.

Can I combine professional growth hours earned through Dysart U with previously earned professional growth hours?
Dysart U micro-credentials cannot be combined with any other higher education courses or professional growth hours as part of the Dysart U pilot program.

Do I have to have been an employee for a certain number of years to participate?
No, there is no requirement for years of employment to participate in Dysart U. Any employee in a position that is eligible for professional development salary increases is eligible to  participate.

What does the full Dysart U program of study include?
The course of study for the complete Dysart U program is comprised of 15 Phase 1 micro-credentials and an additional 15 Phase 2 micro-credentials. 

How can Dysart U help me move beyond the “BA + 30/MA” placement on the Dysart certified salary placement schedule?
Eligible staff members must complete the entire Dysart U program to continue past the “BA + 30/MA” placement on the Dysart certified salary placement schedule. Although participants will receive additional compensation after completing the first half of the program of study, they will not be eligible to move past the “BA + 30/MA” placement on the salary schedule unless they have completed either a Master’s degree or the full Dysart U program of study.

Can I be anywhere on the salary schedule to participate? Or do I have to be below a master's level?
Any eligible staff member can participate regardless of where they are on the Dysart certified salary placement schedule. However, staff members who have reached the cap on  the placement schedule (MA + 60/Ph.D.) would not be eligible for additional salary increases related to Dysart U.