data literacy

Data Literacy Credential

Live • Online • 105 PD Hours

Educate managers and directors in data literacy; the ability to communicate about the use of data; and basic storytelling with data skills.


Data-driven quality improvement stands to bring unrivaled levels of performance to the Head Start field, and is defined and mandated by the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). A leader or manager who completes this credential signals to their staff and the Office of Head Start that their program is committed to this level of performance.

To earn this credential, candidates must complete the following three sequential five-week classes, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in data literacy and their ability to apply that information back in their programs.

  • Course 1: The Wonderful World of Data
  • Course 2: Using Head Start Data
  • Course 3: Foundations of Storytelling with Data

Each course requires candidates to attend two live 60-minute class sessions each week via Zoom. Classes will be completely virtual-allowing candidates to take classes while maintaining their traditional work schedule. In addition to class time, candidates spend approximately four hours per week on assignments and learning activities.

In addition, candidates are required to complete a final portfolio assignment, the purpose of which is to tangibly demonstrate comfort with the course material and an ability to apply new knowledge and skills. Grading for each course will be a combination of attendance, in-class participation, and mastery of the content as demonstrated by the various assignments.

Acorn Evaluation, Inc. is the partner offering all content and instruction related to these courses. They are accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offer IACET CEUs for learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. CEUs for these courses are awarded for successful completion by Acorn Evaluation, Inc. You can learn more here.

Start Dates: Annually in the following terms: Fall in October, Winter in January, Spring in March, and Summer in July

Course Level: Advanced

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Leadership and Management, Data-specific Staff Roles

Completion Timeline/Duration: Nine Months

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105 Hours of Course Material

Online, Self-Paced Content

9 Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
Digital Badge
Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript

Course Author

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon is the chief learning officer at Acorn Evaluation. Dr. Dixon is the leading designer of professional development programs to build data literacy in Head Start. He brings two decades of award-winning experience as a professor and curriculum designer to the development of programs that make data fun and accessible to all.


What learners are saying...

"There is something special to be said about the way Dr. Dixon and Stuart delivers messaging to all adult learners. Never once did I feel ashamed of my learning disability. They have a special way of touching on all learning styles with how they deliver the learning and as an adult learner I need time and they built that in beautifully.”

–Tyressa Johnson, Early Education Manager, Early Learning Ventures

“As a data coordinator in Early Head Start, I often feel like my role doesn't fit in a neat box because it overlaps with so many service areas. This course advocates for how important a role data plays in Head Start/Early Head Start and improving not only families and communities, but also staff.”

–Sondra Anderson, Data Coordinator, Families First Early Head Start/CSVC

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