Professional Development for Educators and Leaders

The College of Education and Leadership (COEL) at Cardinal Stritch University will provide Professional Development opportunities for organizations throughout Wisconsin. Districts can access a variety of professional development courses based on their individual district needs. The Principals’ Center offers learning opportunities for school district leaders through six breakfast conversations throughout the year. Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Project (SWEP) supports induction programs through a collaboration among local school districts.


Currently, COEL is piloting micro-credentials to support professional development for area school districts.  If your district would be interested in learning more about micro-credentials, contact

Workshops and Micro-Credentials

The College of Education and Leadership continues to explore ways we can support the professional development of educators and educational leaders.  In Fall 2017, we posed the following question:


How can we create meaningful, competency-based professional development experiences for educators that will directly impact the student learning environment? 


Through our research, we have concluded that micro-credentials are a professional development currency gaining momentum in the field of education.

What are Micro-Credentials?

Micro-credentials are digital representations of educational achievements that identify the specific competencies attained and how the mastery of the competencies or skill acquisition was achieved. In order to earn a micro-credential, there is an expectation that educators will apply content knowledge within their classrooms or educational sphere of influence and submit artifacts as evidence of application of content knowledge to demonstrate mastery of specific knowledge and skills.

Current Micro-Credentials

We are piloting and developing an Educational Equity Micro-credential series.  The first two micro-credentials: Building Awareness and Sensitivity for an Inclusive Community were piloted in Spring 2018, and further micro-credentials in Educational Equity will be developed and piloted during the 2018-19 academic year. Additionally in Summer 2018, we piloted Accessibility Basics in LMS (Canvas) Design.


For Fall 2018, we have developed a micro-credential opportunity to accompany The Principals’ Center workshop series Equity and Mindfulness for Educators.  Also, we are launching the first workshop and micro-credential in our Coaching and Mentoring for Educators series: Building and Supporting a Trusting Relationship.


Both of these opportunities are open to interested educators for any district or school.  Please see the Principal Center web page or the Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Project (SWEP) page for more details.

Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Project (SWEP)

Our Vision

SWEP is a collaborative network among local school districts and the College of Education and Leadership. Students' needs are met by effective and confident teachers who grow professionally through a collaborative network of induction. This network will transform and sustain the quality of leadership and education one person at a time.

Our Purpose

The Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Project works to meet district needs to build capacity to strengthen and support educator’s professional practices in order to increase student achievement and teacher efficacy.

What does it mean to be part of the Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Project (SWEP)?

It means you are collaborating with others to build capacity to strengthen and support educator’s professional practices in order to increase student achievement and teacher efficacy. SWEP exists to serve teachers, their mentors, and administrators to improve practice that leads to increased student achievement.


As a participant of SWEP, the benefits include:

  • Connecting to Cardinal Stritch University’s College of Education and Leadership faculty and expertise
  • ​Co-creating supports/resources to share with other districts
  • Collaborating and sharing best practices for teacher induction with other participant school districts


If interested in participating in the inter-district collaborative process, contact SWEP in August.  The fee is $500.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact

Cardinal Stritch University 
6801 N Yates Rd., #97
Milwaukee, WI 53217