Principals – Leading for Early Success

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PrincipalIn a recently published paper, The National Governor’s Association (NGA) posits, based on decades of research, that two of the most important factors determining positive educational outcomes are effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education. Research shows that school principals impact student and teacher performance. Additionally, research shows that high-quality education from pre-kindergarten through grade 3 builds foundational academic skills as well as social-emotional knowledge and skills. These foundational skills pave the way and prepare students for long-term success.

Early Childhood Education WagonThe NGA paper,Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals’ Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education (June 2013) outlines how governors can build the capacity of elementary school principals in order to promote high-quality early education and also outlines specific state policy strategies to accomplish this goal. Included in the paper is an Illinois case-study that highlights how that state is including early learning content into principal preparation courses.

 To view other papers and learn more, you can visit the following website: http://www.nga.org/cms/center/edu.

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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