Champions Of Early Learning To Meet In Boston

November 14, 2022


James Minichello

AASA Cohort Serving as National Leader in Creating Positive Change in Schools 

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 14, 2022 – School system leaders throughout the country who are creating innovative solutions for the young learners in their communities are gathering in Boston, Nov. 14-16, for the 2022 Fall Early Learning Cohort meeting hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.  

In partnership with and the National Head Start Association, participating superintendents in the AASA Early Learning Cohort will engage in meaningful dialogue with administrators of Boston Public Schools as well as local community-based pre-schools during the three-day event in an effort to uncover emerging research to facilitate positive change in our schools.    

“AASA’s Early Learning Cohort is comprised of dedicated professionals who are creating research-based strategies to support school districts nationwide in order to make a positive difference in the lives of our young children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We greatly appreciate the team at Boston Public Schools for hosting our fall meeting, where cohort members will examine actionable practices that can be used in their own districts and beyond.”    

The gathering’s first day will largely be devoted toward building capacity in rural districts and the expansion of career and technical opportunities in these areas. Other key themes will include implementing developmentally appropriate practices in early learning settings; supporting systemic improvement through data analysis, coaching and professional learning; and, applying key takeaways from Boston’s schools and community to the educational settings of each cohort member.  

Earlier this year, the AASA Early Learning Cohort released a first-of-its-kind toolkit aimed at supporting all providers of early learning, especially school districts, as they embrace the significant responsibility of providing early childhood education. The Early Childhood and Learning Toolkit is a resource offering actionable practices that provide educators with a gateway to explore and define ways to make a positive difference in the lives of the nation’s 50 million public school children and their families.    

To learn more, visit the AASA Early Learning Cohort webpage. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, Leadership Network, at, or Debbie Magee, director, Leadership Network, at

View the video and photo gallery from the 2022 Spring Early Learning Cohort meeting held at West Valley Schools in Yakima, Wash. 


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