Micro-credentials support competency-based, research-backed professional learning by offering digital badges for demonstrated proficiency in specific knowledge and skills. In partnership with NC State’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Hill has developed six micro-credential stacks that are relevant to anyone seeking to develop and demonstrate proficiency in teaching core foundational reading skills: Foundations of Reading, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Text Comprehension.

Understanding Micro-credentials

To get started, you will select the badge you want to earn. The Foundations of Reading horizontal stack develops competencies in the five core components of reading. The vertical stacks offer a deeper dive into Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, or Text Comprehension. You will complete the micro-credentials in each stack by building understanding, implementing an instructional strategy, and submitting your evidence for review and feedback. Once you've completed all of the micro-credentials in a stack, you'll be ready to share your earned digital badge.

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Competency-based professional learning in the science of reading.



I like that I can do it on my own time, and still receive feedback from an expert.

Jessica Soler

District Leader

Hill's Foundations of Reading micro-credential has helped our teachers build instructional skills needed to strengthen daily core instruction.

Susan Brooks


We found the micro-credentials training from the Hill Center to be beneficial as it took teachers through the components of reading and also showed how they build upon one another.

Megan Todd DePasquale

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