Solutionary Micro-credential Program

Through this program you can empower your students to become changemakers and connect with other educators who want to do the same.

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) offers a Solutionary Micro-credential Program (SMP) for teachers. The program provides you with a framework and resources you can use to support your students to select, learn about, and analyze a problem they care about in their school or community and then plan and take positive action.

“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

IHE’s Solutionary Micro-credential Program supports teachers to:

  • Foster curiosity, compassion, and inspiration in the classroom.
  • Enhance problem-based learning by empowering students to engage in systems thinking and ethical analysis.
  • Design highly engaging learning experiences using solutionary resources, frameworks, and tools. 
  • Educate students to be solutionaries who apply what they learn in the classroom to solve problems in their school or community. 

What you can expect:

  • A flexible four phase Solutionary Framework you can use with students
  • Resources to support powerful thinking and learning
  • A high quality online professional learning experience
  • Mentoring by experienced solutionary facilitators and coaches
  • Connection with fellow classroom teachers who want to educate for a sustainable, just, and humane world

Current Opportunities Include:

Open Enrollment

Join one of the four cohorts we offer each year. Upon completion, you’ll earn a Solutionary Micro-credential, a Solutionary Badge, and optional Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through our partner, Antioch University.

2024 program start dates: January 9, April 3, July 3, October 9

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How the Solutionary Micro-credential Program Works

IHE’s Solutionary Framework

Four-phase solutionary framework graphic

The goal of the Solutionary Micro-credential is to teach you how you can use IHE’s Solutionary Framework to design and carry out solutionary Think Global, Act Local projects. The Solutionary Micro-credential Program includes six short modules, two modules that focus on becoming a solutionary educator followed by four modules, one for each of the four phases of the Solutionary Framework. Each module takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Although you proceed through the course independently, you will have multiple 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.
Upon completion of the course, you’ll earn a Solutionary Micro-credential. You can get a certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through our partner, Antioch University, for an additional fee.

IHE’s Solutionary Micro-credential Program is hosted on Claned, a digital learning management system that encourages interaction. You will be given access to your own learner account after you enroll in the program.

Continuing Education for Teachers learning portal

Meet the SMP Facilitators

Facilitator: SMP continuing education for teachers

Betsy Farrell-Messenger, M.Ed., 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. 

Kacey Dewing, MA, MEd, spent 25 years as a social studies teacher in Washington and Oregon where she gleaned the resources that inspired her work from many sources, including IHE. Kacey strove to teach her students about the world of past and present works – in all of its tragedy, and its potential – while empowering students with the skills to understand that world, their interconnected place within it, and their responsibility to improve it. Central to Kacey’s teaching is the belief that knowledge becomes the power to do good when combined with intellectual skills and compassionate attitudes. Kacey is eager to work with you so that together we can build a generation of solutionaries!

Angela Whittaker, M.Ed., has dedicated her career to serving young people. Angela has worked in special education, has written curricula for Career and Technical Education for the Virginia Department of Education, and has designed and taught outdoor learning and school-wide sustainability programs that won her the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education in 2014. She also established a non-profit, Full Circle Education Center created to address the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of students. Angela will work with you to design teaching and learning that supports and inspires young people to change the world for the betterment of all beings.

Julie Meltzer, Ph.D., 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.

Facilitator: SMP continuing education for teachers

Have a question about IHE’s Solutionary Micro-credential Program or want more information? Submit an inquiry form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Ready to Enroll?

For Individual Educators

You can register for our open enrollment SMP at four points throughout the year in January, April, July, and October. Select the start date that best fits your schedule and learn alongside fellow educators at your own pace. Included in your SMP experience is the opportunity to meet 1:1 with the facilitator for extra support and to participate in 1x per month group zooms where people can share questions, projects, and approaches.

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 free and low-cost options for the people and schools that most need them.

Individuals: $295 per person

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For School Leaders & Teaching Teams

Want to integrate the Solutionary Framework into your existing project-based or inquiry-to-action models across content areas and/or grade levels? There is a discounted rate if multiple teachers in your school/district will implement solutionary teaching and learning. We ask that a school leader register along with their teachers. Our team will customize the online Learning Board, host Zoom meetings, and facilitate the SMP for you. To enroll as a group, please contact us and tell us more about your goals and needs.

Groups of 2-5: $250 per person (people from the same organization/school/district)

Groups of 6 or more: Contact for pricing options

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.

CEUs for Teachers

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.

Continuing education should be inspiring. You can empower your students to become changemakers and connect with other educators who want to do the same. Enroll in our Solutionary Micro-credential program to give your students the tools they need to help build a just, humane future.

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Solutionary Micro-Credential Inquiry Form

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