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Community Schools Improvement Science - Micro-credentials

This stack of eight micro-credentials is intended to leverage improvement science theory to develop and implement a community school.

At a Glance

The 8-part Community Schools Improvement Science stack is designed give participants, typically Community School Coordinators, the strongest skills available to implement a best practice version of the Community School strategy at any school. This set of Micro-credentials is specifically made for those who are leading the implementation of the Community School strategy on a school level. Participants will have the ability to ask experts questions during the course and many will have the opportunity to work with other participants during the course. We suggest starting the course at the beginning of your school year and reading through all 8 parts to best understand where the course will be taking you, and then jump into the first MC and do them in order -- each part builds upon the preceding part.


  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Positive School Environments
  • Professional Leadership
  • School Climate


  • Stakeholders will determine their highest priorities and it will guide participants through a process to determine the root causes of things that are preventing them from achieving their vision for their school.
  • Participants learn how to lead a process that involves grassroots problem solving using the tools of improvement science.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: November 24, 2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Individual micro-credential topics include: 

  • Mapping Campus and Community Assets
  • Planning for Needs Asset Assessment
  • Executing a Needs Asset Assessment
  • Using Diagrams and Charts to Analyze Data
  • Creating a Findings Report
  • Using Fishbone Diagrams to Represent Data
  • Using Driver Diagrams to Map Primary and Secondary Drivers
  • Using PDSA Cycles to Test Solutions to Problems

NEA Micro-credentials are offered at no cost to NEA members. Non-NEA members will be charged a $125.00 scoring fee per micro-credential at the time of submission. The full list of available NEA micro-credentials can be found at:

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