Champions of Early Learning in K-12 Schools to Meet in Michigan


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

Alexandria, Va. – November 6, 2019 – Superintendents throughout the country who are serving as champions of early learning are gathering in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 6-8, for the second AASA Early Learning Cohort meeting of the year hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

In partnership with Waterford, superintendents in the cohort will engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers during the three-day event in an effort to discover best practices and review emerging research to facilitate positive change in our schools.

“The outstanding work carried out by AASA members is driving the momentum to foster a greater impact in broadening the boundaries of early learning programs throughout our communities,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The passionate and committed leaders gathering in Michigan for this meeting are striving to create high-quality early education programs for our nation’s earliest learners, especially for those who need our help the most. We thank Ann Arbor Public Schools and Dundee Community Schools for serving as host districts of the Early Learning Cohort fall meeting.” 

“As educational leaders, we know firsthand that quality early learning opportunities serve as a ‘game-changer’ for our students. We are extremely pleased to welcome like-minded leaders from across the country to the AASA Early Learning cohort,” said Jeanice Kerr Swift, superintendent, Ann Arbor Public Schools. “Superintendents joining us for this fall meeting will have the opportunity to share in our journey to live our core value of ensuring educational excellence through enhancement of equity and opportunity for every child, every day. We are delighted to explore together a framework built on ideas that work for the students we serve.”

“We are honored and look forward to having school system leaders getting a firsthand look at what our school district is doing to prepare our youngest learners to succeed,” said Eddie Manuszak, superintendent, Dundee Community Schools and co-chair of the AASA Early Learning Cohort. “Educators are working tirelessly to search for those early learning best practices that will meet the needs of our students, which is a critical step in making sure we provide a quality education in our school buildings. We thank AASA for inviting us to co-host this meeting.”

To kick off the meeting, AASA will welcome a new component of the Early Learning Cohort focusing on rural communities. A group of superintendents from Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are joining the cohort to discuss the unique challenges rural schools are facing. AASA is excited to have these leaders joining the group to share their voice in our journey.

Thought-leader partners during the meeting include the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, Chartwells, Detroit Public TV,  Fred Rogers Productions, Lakeshore, Michigan Department of Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Head Start Association, and the Office of Head Start.

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Early Learning Cohort webpage, which includes a series of case studies in early learning. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at, or Debbie Magee, program manager, at


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