Micro-credentialing provides personalized professional development and skill recognition for participants through a competency-based system. Hundreds of micro-credential issuers have created multi-disciplinary open badges in the past five years. Join us to explore how IPA's micro-credentialing program, utilizing the power of the Ed Leaders Network platform, aligns to the vision held by state and national agencies. In addition to an overview of the what, how, and why of micro-credentials, participants will explore how micro-credentials can offer insight into candidates' skills and capabilities during the employment process. A panel of Illinois school leaders, some of the first in Illinois to earn micro-credentials, will provide additional insight during the session.