About this Program
In this two-course certificate program, you will develop the skills and vision to lead cross-system improvements, implement instructional reform and ensure a high-quality continuum of learning for students in preschool through third grade regardless of race, class, culture or zip code.
We will examine strategies for aligning elementary schools with community-based early learning programs, which help improve organizational practice and contribute to comprehensive P–3 approaches. You will strengthen your ability to effectively implement reforms — Common Core, Early Learning and Development Guidelines, teacher evaluations, WaKIDS and Early Achievers — in ways that benefit young children and education professionals. You will also learn innovative methods for engaging families, teachers and communities in strategically closing opportunity and achievement gaps as early as possible.
Elementary school and PreK-8 school principals and assistant principals, in partnership with early learning directors and program managers from Head Start, ECEAP, and public and private child care programs. Participants will be most successful when they enroll as a collaborative team that represents early learning and PreK–8 administrators.
what you'll learn
- Meaningful and effective change strategies for individual, organizational and system leadership
- 11 core standards that guide comprehensive P-3 approaches, along with The Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches (Kristie Kauerz and Julia Coffman, 2013)
- Strategies to establish a common language, collaborative vision and shared goals across diverse partners
- Successful approaches to address issues of educational equity
Get Hands-On Experience
Participants will develop and implement a P–3 Action Research Project in their own district or community that focuses on improving the continuum of learning to close early opportunity and achievement gaps.
Approved for Professional Development
This program is approved by Washington STARS online training and the Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT). Clock hours received from continuing education units (CEUs) are approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options
By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 10 graduate-level credits. If you don’t plan to pursue a degree, choose the noncredit offering and earn CEUs. See Noncredit & Credit Options.
For more information about this certificate program, see the program flyer.