Hapara Champion Program

Develop skills and expertise in next-generation instructional practices.

At Hapara, we believe that meaningful, pedagogy-driven professional learning and outcomes-driven edtech integration produce positive educational transformation. The Hapara Champion Certification program is designed for educators and educator-leaders who are responsible for teaching, supporting, guiding, coaching and mentoring classroom teachers.

Applications for the next round are due November 14, 2018. The next cadre begins November 26, 2018.

The Hapara Champion Program is our tried-and-true way to deepen educators’ Hapara skills and encourage engaging, instructional use.

The Hapara Champion Program is a leveled trio of online courses designed to quickly–but thoroughly–teach educators how to use Hapara, and give them opportunities to practice and reflect on their classrooms. It’s our best way of showing folks not just how to use Hapara but how to use it to support a positive, student-centered, 21st century classroom.

Since its launch in 2015, the Hapara Champion program has been a global success, with over 670 graduates around the world. Our Champions are district and regional leaders (and our pride and joy)!

Course Format:

The Champion courses must be completed in order: Educator, Scholar, then Trainer. All levels run for four weeks and are delivered through Hapara Workspace and a community board. Hapara Champion Educator is designed so you can learn and do the work on your own time (although we offer a helpful suggested timeline). The Champion Scholar and Champion Trainer courses are significantly more dependent on group feedback, so deadlines exist–but the work can be done on your time.

Certification is designed for current Hapara users, but there are some circumstances where we allow non-Hapara users to join. Email professionallearning@hapara.com for more details.

Courses:

STEP 1:
Hapara Champion Educator

OBJECTIVES: Develop basic proficiency in the Hapara Suite—Highlights, Dashboard, and Workspace—from the point-of-view of a classroom teacher. Practice and reflect on positive, student-centered instructional use.
AUDIENCE: Beginning Hapara teachers and users; folks who are comfortable learning online or have a sense of adventure!
COURSE FEE: For Basic Hapara Subscribers (or non-customers): $10
For Premium Hapara subscribers: FREE!

STEP 2:
Hapara Champion Scholar

OBJECTIVES: Work with global or local standards as a lens into deeper Hapara usage. Think inside and outside the classroom to reflect on your teaching process with technology (Hapara and beyond) and create a standards-based Workspace for professional development. Hone the skills to become a consistent and positive model of Hapara’s commitment to transformative instructional practice.
AUDIENCE: Graduates of the Champion Educator program who are advanced Hapara teachers and users.

*You must have completed Champion Educator to be accepted into Champion Scholar.

COURSE FEE: For Basic Hapara Subscribers: $25
For Premium Hapara Subscribers: FREE!

STEP 3:
Hapara Champion Trainer

OBJECTIVES: Expand classroom-level Hapara expertise and develop personal philosophies on transformative instructional practice to reach a school- or district-wide audience. Master the features of the Hapara Suite from the point-of-view of a trainer. Learn through experience how to teach and troubleshoot Hapara. Gather strategies and tips to create exemplar Workspaces.
AUDIENCE: Graduates of the Champion Scholar program who are very advanced Hapara teachers and users; Teacher leaders, Technology coaches, Trainers within the school district.

*You must have completed Champion Scholar to be accepted into Champion Trainer.

COURSE FEE: For Basic Hapara Subscribers: $50
For Premium Hapara Subscribers: FREE!

Hapara Champion Profiles

Evyan Wagner
Evyan Wagner
Vancouver, WA
Shawn Brandt
Shawn Brandt
New Prague, Minnesota
Nichole Allman
Nichole Allman
Columbia, South Carolina
Bill Corcoran
Bill Corcoran
Ottawa, Ontario
Rona Mulligan
Rona Mulligan
Porirua, New Zealand

Were you a part of our original HCE program? Find out what the recent changes to our certification program mean for you, here.

See what educators are saying about us…

The HCE program is a really valuable learning experience – it helped me really reflect on my perspective of teaching and learning in a digitally-rich environment. It was really nice to have my thinking challenged, and to have to create rich learning activities that reflect my approach to teaching and learning in today’s classroom. I enjoyed the focus on pedagogy. Too many courses focus on tools, and don’t address the big question about educational technology: “why is this important?”…. I really like how the course focused on facilitating good teaching through the use of technology, and I had anticipated a more tool-focused course. Rather than learning how to help districts get the most out of their investment in technology tools, I think I learned how to help teachers move up the SAMR model, and start teaching digital lessons instead of digitized lessons.
Edtech Consultant & Professional Developer
Montreal, Canada
The HCE program was very helpful in extending my thinking around ways to use the Hapara…The course made me reflect as an educator and rethink and redesign my lesson focuses and student ownership of each lesson.
Teacher
Washington, USA
I feel rather passionately about how the Hapara suite of tools can change the way we teach. I see classrooms across our system changing all the time as they are building rich authentic tasks and deepening students learning through leveraging of digital tools and resources across the curriculum. I absolutely love Hapara and I hope my passion for how these tools support 21st education is well communicated in our system. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the HCE course. It has allowed me to reflect and deepen my own learning.
Edtech Consultant & Professional Developer
Ottawa, Canada
The hands on activities and developing the workspace were my favorites activities. I also enjoyed how we were always pedagogy focused, and always came back to that – when you have been teaching for several years, you often lose sight of that and get caught up in the daily grind. It was nice to be able to weave that into the course.
Teacher
Illinois, USA
The HCE program was worth it! The content was rich and the documentation was extremely helpful! I enjoyed seeing other perspectives and ideas on how to deliver PD! There are so many creative people in the HCE program and I would not have had the opportunity to meet them if it weren’t for this venue. The teaching style from educators from different counties was a great way for me to broaden my expertise and appreciate the different outcomes.
Edtech Integrator & Professional Developer
California, USA
This course did meet my expectations. I found it very informative and worthwhile. I appreciate the ability to get questions answered at any time during the course. I am thankful for the Google+ user group and learned many things from it’s members. This course was well worth the effort. I feel that I have an understanding of Hapara and the teaching philosophy behind it. I am now confident in helping our teachers using Hapara knowing that I can get help whenever needed.
Edtech Integrator & Professional Developer
Washington, USA
The independent, yet guided, nature of the course was great for me. It was very much worth the time and energy commitment.
Tech Director
Caracas, Venezuela
I look forward to taking all this knowledge I have to make my professional development sessions better! I can’t wait to see the next steps that Hapara has planned – everything they come out with make my life better as a teacher and I am so grateful. There is so much expertise in [the HCE Online Community] and I am really lucky to be a part of it!!
Teacher
Illinois, USA
The program connects you to teachers who have been teaching with tech longer and are better at it. It is amazing to see what is going out outside of “my tiny world”. I just loved the creativity and expertise in some of the areas. It was great! I love their passion for learning and teaching – and to hear about successes they are having…. I really appreciate the positive feedback and constructive feedback on my work during the course. It was motivating for me. Thank you for this opportunity to participate and learn with everyone. I hope that this is a springboard for even more learning.
Teacher
California, USA

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