CEELO’s Melissa Dahlin and Shannon Riley-Ayers participated in a session at the Ounce of Prevention’s Excellence in the Early Grades District Leadership Summit held in Chicago, IL March 25-26, 2015. The summit brought together experts and school district leaders to discuss best practices and strategies for aligning education from birth through third grade.

The session, Kindergarten as a Critical Link, focuses on ways that school districts can develop kindergarten policies to both support alignment across the early grades and ensure effective transitions for children and families into elementary school. The session highlights ten policies that support, promote, and enhance the learning and joy of learning for all kindergarten children, leading to positive child outcomes for all. Panelists share how districts and school are enacting and implementing these policies, with a discussion of strategies, approaches, and outcomes. Panelists include Vincent Costanza (New Jersey Department of Education), Anne Arnold (Highline Public Schools, WA), and Rick Falkenstein (Kingwood Township School District, NJ).

Interested in the new School Improvement Grant (SIG) Early Learning Model? Join CEELO and the Center on School Turnaround (CST) on Thursday, April 23rd (3:00 – 4:15 pm Eastern) for a webinar on best practices in the SIG Early Learning Model. Register here.

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