K-12 Leaders of Early Learning Education Meet in Florida


James Minichello 
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--AASA Cohort Serving as National Leader in Creating Positive Change in Schools--  

Alexandria, Va. – April 2, 2019 – Superintendents and other thought leaders championing emerging research and early learning best practices throughout the U.S. are gathering in Tampa, Fla., April 3-5, 2019, for the first meeting of the year hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. 

In partnership with Waterford, participating superintendents in the AASA Early Learning Cohort will engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers during the three-day event in an effort to facilitate positive change in our schools.  

“The school district leaders involved in our cohort are working tirelessly to provide insights into developing successful models of early learning for America’s earliest learners,” said Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership network, AASA. “We are looking forward to engaging with innovators and risk takers who are passionate about this work. As we strive to create equal accessibility for all students, improving teaching and learning in the early years is a critical step in that direction.”   

Thought-leader partners during the meeting include the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Head Start Association, Office of Head Start and the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute. Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools will serve as the host school district.

We are thrilled and honored to facilitate the AASA Learning Cohort meeting, said Jeff Eakins, superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools. Building a collaborative effort to address the needs of our young learners will create positive learning environments for these students, particularly those who need our help the most. Were pleased that like-minded leaders in public education from across the country will have opportunities to visit our classrooms during the meeting.

School districts, superintendents and other administrators featured last fall in the AASA Early Learning Case Study series include:

Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, Mich.  

  • Jeanice Kerr Swift, superintendent
  • Dawn Linden, executive director, elementary education

West Valley School District #208, Yakima, Wash.  

  • Mike Brophy, superintendent
  • Peter Finch, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning

Wichita Falls Independent School District, Wichita Falls, Texas  

  • Michael S. Kuhrt, superintendent
  • Travis Armstrong director of early learning
  • Yolanda Lewis, supervisor/parent educator, Parents as Teacher program

Components of the case studies include a general description of the early learning programs being implemented in each of the three school districts as well as essential elements of the key programs, including successes and challenges. District leaders also provide testimonials that share insights surrounding this critical work.         

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Early Learning Cohort webpage, which includes the case study series. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Sherman at msherman@aasa.org or Debbie Magee, program manager, at dmagee@aasa.org. 


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.