Micro-credential Program

Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades

A competency-based professional learning program that improves student achievement outcomes by ensuring that teachers are prepared to implement high-quality literacy instruction every day.

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About This Learning Program

OpenLiteracy and BloomBoard have partnered to make high-leverage elementary literacy teaching practices accessible and learnable. In elementary literacy there is hard-won consensus regarding the types of learning experiences young children need in order to become proficient readers and writers, yet this type of instruction remains elusive in too many elementary classrooms.

This program aims to change this by providing teachers with access to high-quality curated resources, expert knowledge focused on practical tools and tips, and repeated opportunities to learn by doing. Each micro-credential includes an opportunity to analyze, design, and implement a lesson that the teacher will receive feedback on from a literacy expert.

Micro-credentials In This Program

Text-based Discussions

Every approach to reading comprehension instruction endorsed by reading scholars is rooted in discussion. This micro-credential has an explicit focus on non-fiction discussion. Educators who complete this micro-credential will demonstrate they have the knowledge and skill to maximize the impact of text discussions as they support students in reading and comprehending complex non- fiction texts.

Now Enrolling: Text-based Discussions Micro-credential Cohort

For a limited time, districts can enroll small groups of their educators into a national learning cohort focused on earning the Text-based Discussions micro-credential. Learning together in a group promotes collaboration and accountability — it is also an excellent way for a district to explore professional learning with micro-credentials.

4 weeks starting October 8.

2 Educators $300
5 Educators $500
10 Educators $1,000
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Guided Reading

Small group reading instruction is a powerful strategy to improve literacy outcomes. Educators who complete this micro-credential will demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skill to enact a high quality differentiated guided reading lessons to small group of students with similar learning needs utilizing a tightly prescribed guided reading framework.

Interactive Read Alouds

Interactive read alouds, when done well, facilitate interactive conversations that support improved reading comprehension outcomes. Educators who complete this micro-credential will demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skill to support their students in the development of comprehension skills, vocabulary knowledge, and understanding of literacy conventions while nurturing children’s love and enjoyment of reading through interactive read alouds.

Phonics and Word Study

Phonological awareness and phonics are the foundations of beginning reading skills. Educators who complete this micro-credential will demonstrate that they have an understanding of the complexities of language development and can use this knowledge to design a targeted phonological awareness, phonics or word study lesson that includes strong modeling and opportunity for student practice with feedback.

Teaching Writing

High quality writing instruction can prepare students for the demands of writing in the 21st century. Educators who complete this micro-credential will demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skill to implement a high quality mini-lesson, provide students targeted feedback on their writing that goes beyond grammar and spelling, and create writing lesson sequences that engage students in the writing process and is responsive to student needs.

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Why Choose the Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades Program?

The Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades micro-credential program provides an opportunity for districts and schools to implement personalized, competency-based professional learning around a core set of teaching skills in the area of literacy. The latest nation’s report card results in reading are not promising; despite considerable investment in improving literacy outcomes, there is no change in reading outcomes at fourth grade. We must work differently. Improved literacy outcomes depend on having better literacy teaching. These micro-credentials are focused on supporting literacy teachers to understand and implement excellent literacy instruction in their classrooms every day.

BloomBoard programs, in collaboration with their partners, are carefully designed to engage educators in their own growth via learning by doing, and getting recognition and credit for it.

Participants will:

  • Gain relevant, practical, and research-based knowledge of the literacy teaching practices most likely to shift student achievement outcomes
  • Participate in growth-oriented dialogue with colleagues
  • Develop an awareness of their own knowledge and skill as an elementary literacy teacher including areas of strength and growth
  • Demonstrate competence via a micro-credential that will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Issued by OpenLiteracy

OpenLiteracy is your ally in the mission to improve literacy achievement in K-6 classrooms. Using innovative professional development, OpenLiteracy provides access to knowledge and techniques that empower teachers and school leaders to use the best practices for teaching reading and writing.

Facilitated Learning Cohorts

Learning together in a group promotes collaboration and accountability. To enable this, this program is structured into cohorts that typically include educators of all experience levels who are focused on achieving the specific skill in each micro-credential. BloomBoard supports both synchronous and asynchronous learning cohorts of all sizes and will provide pacing guidelines to ensure all educators meet their learning goal by the target completion date.

Facilitated by Sarah Scott Frank

PhD, University of Michigan, Language, Literacy, & Culture
EdM, Harvard University, Language & Literacy

Sarah Scott Frank, PhD, founded OpenLiteracy in 2012 after working in universities for over a decade. She is passionate about improving student achievement outcomes by ensuring that all students experience high quality literacy instruction. Sarah has 16 years of experience working in schools and universities as a teacher and teacher educator. She has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level courses at the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh in the area of literacy education and has been lauded for her practical and accessible approach to the complex work of teaching young children to read and write. In her work with districts, schools, and charter management organizations, she is committed to improving literacy outcomes through online and on-site professional development. Sarah believes that competency based learning through micro-credentials is a powerful forum to transform teaching practice.

Program Components



Create individualized learning pathways



Access curated content collections



Engage in growth-oriented dialogue with peers



Create a portfolio of learning achievements

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What Are Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are modular, competency-based credentials for professional learning that recognize demonstrated mastery of skills and prior knowledge. Micro-credentials are:

  • Competency-based – Educators focus on a discrete skill.
  • Research-backed – Each micro-credential focuses on effective teaching practices that have been validated through published research.
  • On-demand – Educators can earn micro-credentials on their own time.
  • Personalized – Educators can select the micro-credentials they wish to earn based on their needs or instructional goals.
  • Shareable – Educators can display their digital badge on their resume, blog, or LinkedIn.

How Micro-credentials Work

Each micro-credential goes through a thorough approval process to ensure an appropriate level of rigor and relevance that ensures it:

  • Focuses on a single competency
  • Is backed by research
  • Requires the submission of evidence
  • Includes a rubric or scoring guide

Incentives for Educators

After earning these micro-credential, participants will have demonstrated competency in utilizing a strategy of questioning and discussion to provide continuous formative assessment. Additionally they can:

  • Apply the micro-credential toward relicensure, recertification and continuing education requirements (CEUs)
  • Earn non-degree bearing graduate-level credit
  • Display and share their earned micro-credential badge

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About BloomBoard

BloomBoard is the professional learning platform that is changing the way educators grow and learn by facilitating a shift toward ‘learning by doing’ using micro-credentials. Our competency-based professional learning programs provide state and district leaders with an effective way to offer educators personalized learning opportunities specific to their growth goals and recognize them (both formally and informally) for the skills they’ve demonstrated in the classroom.

BloomBoard Powers Hundreds of School Districts

Competency-based professional learning is gaining momentum across the United States as states and districts are looking to implement competency-based approaches to learning as opposed to traditional course-based structures.

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Let us know you’re interested in bringing the Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades micro-credential program by OpenLiteracy to your school or district by filling out this form:

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