Icon_ Data Literacy Credential

Data Literacy Credential

Online • Live • 105 PD Hrs

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. Leaders and managers who complete this credential signal 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 will require 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, they will spend approximately 4 hours per week on assignments and learning activities outside of class.

In addition, candidates will be 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. This credential is developed in partnership with Acorn Evaluation, Inc. Grading for each course will be a combination of attendance/participation in class and mastery of the content as demonstrated by the various assignments.

Required Courses


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Course Facilitator

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon is the Chief Analytics Officer at Acorn Evaluation. Dr. Greg 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.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $4,497

NHSA Member Rate: $3,897

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  • Online, Self Paced Coursework
  • 30 Hours of Live Instruction
  • Access to National Cohort of Peers
  • Discussion Forum
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript



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