Aydarova notches new award, reviews national report

April 16, 2021

Elena Aydarova professional headshotElena Aydarova, assistant professor of social foundations in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has earned another recognition for her book Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas. Along with two previous accolades, the book recently received the Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education.

Aydarova also recently completed a high-profile review of a think-tank report. On behalf of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Aydarova evaluated New America’s report “Micro-Credentials for Teacher Growth.” The report champions ways that micro-credentials have been used to allow teachers to move up the career ladder, receive higher pay, or renew their licenses.

Aydarova says the report overemphasizes the problems with traditional professional development and how micro-credentials could address these shortfalls. However, the evidence to support these claims remains scarce, she writes. Without demonstrating that micro-credentials can improve teaching or student learning, New America’s report offers guidance on how to implement micro-credentials and integrate them into state human resources systems. She believes that the report overpromises in its advocacy of the micro-credentials. “Even if implemented, the report’s plan for expanding the use of micro-credentials could not deliver on its promises.”

Read the full review.