Become a Common Sense Educator

If you're working toward Common Sense recognition and you are incorporating distance learning in your plan, please visit the FAQ in the Help Center for suggestions for completion and further clarification. 


Who is a Common Sense Educator?

Common Sense Educators are committed to helping kids and schools thrive in the digital age.  Anyone who is an educator -- whether a classroom teacher, administrator, tech coach, librarian, homeschool teacher, preservice teacher, parent coordinator, or community partner-- can become a Common Sense Educator.

Why become a Common Sense Educator?

  • Earn a badge that publicly affirms your commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.
  • Build your confidence teaching digital citizenship and integrating technology into your classroom, school, or district.

How do I earn recognition as a Common Sense Educator?

The Common Sense Recognition Program provides a personalized roadmap for your professional growth! You can become a Common Sense Educator in three steps: LEARN, DO, REFLECT.

Criteria and resources for the three steps are outlined below. Completing these prerequisites should take approximately four to six hours, while the actual application will take an additional five minutes.

Applications are rolling and accepted between September 2020 and June 30, 2021. 



Student Instruction (choose ONE of the following):

Family engagement (choose ONE of the following):

We hope to learn more from you about your experience earning recognition as a Common Sense Educator. In the application, you will be asked to provide some details on how you feel the process of becoming a Common Sense Educator impacted you and your professional growth.

Ready to apply?

All work must be completed before applying.

Apply here


Please read through our FAQ in the Help Center. If you have further questions, please post in the Common Sense Education Community or email [email protected] and enter Recognition in the subject line.

If you applied but haven’t heard from us, you can check your status here