Early Learning Cohort

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The impact of early learning programs on communities is profound. AASA’s newest professional Early Learning cohort brings superintendents from across the country together to review emerging research, discover early learning best practices and plan to facilitate change. Recent research shows the high returns on investment and importance of high-quality early education programs—especially for disadvantaged kids.


"You get about 13 percent per annum," Nobel laureate James Heckman says. "Much higher than the annual return on equities in the U.S. stock market..."

 WATERFORD-APPLICATION.jpgDiscover the Potential
Discover the power of early education. Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community.

Share and Collaborate
Districts from across the country will be represented, from those already working on early education initiatives to others just beginning to plan. Develop lasting relationships with colleagues who are also working on early education, and share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

Plan for Success
Participants will leave the course with a strategic plan for creating or enhancing sustainable and effective early learning efforts, a network of colleagues who are also embracing early learning in their district, and an early learning leadership certificate from AASA.

Join Us
The cohort convenes three times throughout the year at three different locations. The cohort kick off will take place March 1, 2017, right before the national AASA conference in New Orleans, with later dates and places to be announced.

Attendance is limited to 30 participants!
If you would like to be one of the 30 member Superintendents, simply complete the form at the top of this page. We will contact you within 5 business days regarding your acceptance status.

A $1,500 participation fee for each district will cover registration costs for the meetings, materials, and access to Eduplanet in the Early Learning community to utilize resources, discussions, and collaboration as this group works toward impacting early learning for all children.

With questions contact AASA at LeadPrograms@aasa.org.