for Education

Professional Development

Awarding badges to motivate teachers to improve skills

Executive Summary

Hutto Independent School District / Hutto, TX
Suburban / PK-12
Students: 5,930
Staff: 360

The idea:

Purpose and impact:

How it works:

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    Lessons Learned

    • It’s OK to start the program with simple tools such as Google Sites and Forms – but as it grows, investigate more full-featured platforms that will make it easier to post activities and tally the leaderboard.
    • Pins and badges aren’t just for teachers. Hutto asks principals and administrators to take part as a way to show buy-in for the program.
    • Encourage teachers who already practice their technology skills to participate in the program. Instructional technology specialists who see teachers modeling smart behavior can remind them about available pins and badges.