What is Purpose Pushers Academy?

Purpose Pushers Academy is a culturally responsive professional learning platform offering virtual courses designed to equip and empower educators and other adults working with children in the K-12 setting. Through our research-based E-courses, participants have the option of personalizing their professional learning experiences to ensure their unique needs are met.

This platform allows participants to work asynchronously, at their own pace, while engaging in dynamic professional learning. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with other educators and attendees from across the nation. Learning is measured via quizzes, surveys, and interactive discussions which are embedded in each course.

At the conclusion of each course, educators will receive a Certificate of Completion. With approval from the school or district, teachers may be able to receive recertification or professional development points that can be applied toward teacher licensure and/or renewal. Each course requires an estimated 6-hour commitment. Please check with your school or district for approval.

Are you interested in earning a Culturally Responsive Educator Micro-credential?

According to the National Education Association (2024), "a micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area." Micro-credentials are professional certifications that help individuals demonstrate knowledge and skill. The are an effective opportunity for individuals who desire to upgrade their skills.

What are the benefits of earning a micro-credential?

According to Forbes magazine, a survey of employers reported that 95% think it’s a good thing if their employees are earning micro-credentials (Lattea, C., 2023). Our Culturally Responsive Educator Micro-credential will verify your skills and enhance your credibility to employ culturally responsive approaches. We offer the most thorough, comprehensive, and rigorous culturally responsive educator micro-credential in the nation.

How do I obtain a Culturally Responsive Educator Micro-credential?

To obtain the Culturally Responsive Educator Micro-credential, you must:

  1. Complete all (5) of the available E-courses within 12-months. Meaning, you must take each of the five courses during the same calendar year.
  2. Collect the required evidence that proves your ability to demonstrate mastery of culturally responsive attitudes, beliefs, and practices. For example you may need to submit a written response, artifacts from your classroom, or a videotape demonstrating your ability to facilitate a lesson plan. It typically takes approximately 10 hours to complete the requirements to earn the Culturally Responsive Educator Micro-credential.
  3. Submit the required documents and artifacts directly to [email protected]. (Click Here for Submission Guidelines)

When you satisfactorily completes the aforementioned requirements, you will receive a digital certification in the form of a micro-credential "badge" that can be attached to your email signature, resume, or portfolio. The micro-credential badge verifies your knowledge, skills and achievements.

(5) Strands of Professional Development Rooted in Culturally Responsive Approaches to Student Achievement

Strand #1 - Culturally Responsive Teaching

Strand #2 - Relationships and Rapport-Building (SEL)

Strand #3 - The Impact of Poverty on Student Achievement

Strand #4 - Understanding Implicit Bias

Strand #5 - Discipline and Classroom Management

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With (5) available courses and several courses coming soon, all members of the school community have an opportunity to personalize the professional learning they desire.

E-Courses Launching Soon

  1. Classroom Management: Why do They do That?
  2. Special Education: Equity Through SDI
  3. Special Education: Co-Teaching with a Purpose!

"I believe every teacher has the potential to become an unforgettable, life-changing, and destiny-altering educator. With the right tools and the right amount of coaching, any educator can inspire their students and increase student achievement. This is what I call a "Teacher with a Purpose!"

- JT Taylor, CEO of Purpose Pushers LLC

Inspiration and Instructional Coaching

JT Taylor is an award-winning educator, researcher, and author who has been featured in several newspaper articles and a WHRO commercial titled, “The Teaching Profession.” For the past decade, he has worked with district leaders, principals, administrative teams, teachers, and students across several states and school divisions. Specializing in multicultural education, culturally responsive practices, special education, and best instructional practices for reaching all learners, JT's goal is to build capacity to ensure that educators are equipped to provide every child with an opportunity to succeed.