Solutionary Micro-credential Program

“Amazing… a truly thoughtful, meaningful, and well organized process and guide to engage students in authentic, real-world learning that matters and truly creates a positive impact on our world.”
Jenny Henry, Educator, Consultant & Advocate
Colorado USA

Online professional learning for educators who want to:

  • Bring problem-based learning to the next level by empowering students to engage in systems thinking and ethical analysis.
  • Discover how to educate students to be solutionaries who apply what they learn in the classroom to solve problems in their community and world. 
  • Learn how to help students understand and address human rights, social justice, sustainability, animal protection, and other interconnected issues in a comprehensive way.
  • Acquire the resources, frameworks, and tools to inspire your students and enable them to take meaningful action.

Our self-paced Solutionary Micro-credential Program provides:

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  • Cutting-edge, learning content you won’t find anywhere else
  • Help to quickly integrate a powerful thinking process into classrooms
  • A practical, exciting, and personally rewarding professional development experience 
  • Mentoring with an experienced humane educator 
  • Connection with fellow classroom teachers who want to educate for a sustainable, just, and humane world

You’ll earn a Solutionary Micro-credential, Solutionary Badge, and have the opportunity to get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through our partner, Antioch University.

Upcoming program start dates in 2023: January 3, April 4, July 5

How the Program Works

The Solutionary Micro-credential Program (SMP) includes three modules: CONCEPT, PROCESS, and APPLICATION. Each module takes approximately 10 hours to complete. You will proceed through the course independently (starting on the first Tuesday of October, January, April or July) and will have opportunities to connect with others taking the course and to have coaching conversations by Zoom with your facilitator. The program is designed to be completed within three months.

Module 1: Solutionary Concept 

Learn about solutionary thinking and why it’s so important to educate students to be solutionaries. In this module, you will…

  • Understand what solutionaries are and why they matter, and discover your ability to educate the solutionary generation
  • Reflect upon the impact of systemic racism and learn ways to overcome racial bias
  • Explore the impact of personal choices and the need for systems change
  • Experience a powerful activity to use with your students as well as for your own decision-making

Module 2: Solutionary Process

Go through the process yourself and learn to think and act like a solutionary. In this module, you will…

  • Experience and practice the Solutionary Process as if you’re one of your students
  • Engage with and solve a problem you care about personally
  • Deepen your critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking
  • Become a solutionary yourself!

Module 3: Solutionary Application

Produce your plan to bring solutionary learning to your classroom. Receive support and mentorship along the way. In this module, you will…

  • Create your plan to bring new and comprehensive ideas, tools, and approaches to your curriculum 
  • Receive support and feedback from your instructor to make your plan work
  • Prepare to coach students in this process
  • Become a solutionary teacher!

Meet the SMP Facilitators

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Betsy Farrell-Messenger has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years. She has been a New York State certified classroom teacher, middle school advisor, K-8 STEM instructor, environmental educator, and humane educator for a farm animal sanctuary co-developing Camp Kindness. She has a master’s degree in education (pre-K through 9th grade) and earned her Graduate Certificate in Humane Education through the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). Creative, supportive, and passionate about helping teachers bring solutionary learning to students, Betsy will guide and support you through each module. 

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Julie Meltzer has been a teacher, teacher educator, consultant, educational researcher and, most recently, a curriculum director in Maine where she was recognized as Curriculum Leader of the Year in 2019. Julie now serves as the Director of K-12 and Teacher Education for the Institute of Humane Education where she oversees the Solutionary Micro-credential program. Julie has been associated with the Institute for Humane Education for many years as a curriculum advisor, a board member, and a fan! Known for her thoughtful questions and skill as a teacher and principal coach, Julie will support you in your quest to prepare your students to become solutionaries.

Enrollment Information

The Solutionary Micro-credential Program (SMP) will provide you with the knowledge and support you need to deeply engage your students in work that is meaningful to them; improves their research, thinking, and literacy skills; fosters their compassion; and contributes to a healthier and more humane society. 

We ask that you contact your school or institution to find out if they will support this professional development opportunity. Doing so will enable us to maintain the free and low-cost options for the people and schools that most need them. Thank you!

That said, we are committed to ensuring that all teachers and districts that wish to participate in the SMP are able to do so. If you need financial assistance, please email Julie Meltzer at to inquire about a scholarship.

Pricing for Solutionary Micro-credential Program (SMP)

Pricing (includes all three modules):

  • $295 per person (individual)
  • $250 per person (2-4 from same organization/school/district enrolling together)
  • $200 per person (5 or more from same organization/school/district enrolling together)

NOTE: Once you have completed all three modules, you can obtain 3 CEUs from our partner, Antioch University, by completing a form and paying an additional $20 fee. Let your facilitator know if you are interested in this option.

You can empower your students to become the changemakers we need. Enroll soon to give them hope for the future and a way forward to make a positive impact. 

“I have learned the heart and soul of teaching from the Solutionary Micro-credential Program. It is very much ‘micro’ in content and design while being challenging at the same time. I now have the structure and framework to become an education leader for a better future.”
Sayyid Duja, Founder & CEO, The Springs Schools Movement

Have a question? Email Betsy at