Empowering Teacher Learning Project


What is the Empowering Teacher Learning Project? 

The Empowering Teacher Learning Project is a 5-year, $12M research project funded by the Department of Education that will measure the impacts of a teacher-directed professional learning program in rural, western North Carolina middle schools. As part of the program, teachers will earn licensure renewal credits (CEUs) by completing teacher-selected, online, competency-based micro-credentials. At the heart of this partnership between NC Schools, Appalachian State, NCDPI and Digital Promise, is the idea that when teachers are given choice and support in their professional learning, it can lead to benefits for teachers, students, and communities.  

ETL Partnership

Empowering Teacher Learning Program Summary

  • Teachers earn $250 per micro-credential

  • Teachers decide on professional learning needs, goals, topics, and pacing

  • Teachers earn competency-based onlinemicro-credentials 

  • Coaches (ETL Navigators) support teachers on micro-credential journey

  • 100% of earned micro-credentials can be used towards recertification CEUs

  • Research team will measure project impacts and share all relevant data with districts

Our goal is to have scalable model for professional learning that can impact all NC teachers!


For more information please contact our team at: etl@appstate.edu.