Early Learning Cohort


The impact of early learning programs on communities is profound. AASA’s newest professional Early Learning cohort brings superintendents from across the country together to review emerging research, discover early learning best practices and plan to facilitate change. Recent research shows the high returns on investment and importance of high-quality early education programs—especially for disadvantaged kids.

"You get about 13 percent per annum," Nobel laureate James Heckman says. "Much higher than the annual return on equities in the U.S. stock market..."

WATERFORD-APPLICATION.jpgDiscover the Potential
Discover the power of early education. Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community.

Share and Collaborate
Districts from across the country will be represented, from those already working on early education initiatives to others just beginning to plan. Develop lasting relationships with colleagues who are also working on early education, and share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

Plan for Success
Participants will leave the course with a strategic plan for creating or enhancing sustainable and effective early learning efforts, a network of colleagues who are also embracing early learning in their district, and  the opportunity for an early learning leadership certificate from AASA.

Our 2019-20 academic year cohort convenings will be held:
November 6-8, 2019: Ann Arbor and Dundee, Michigan

March 25-27, 2020: Summerlin, Nevada visiting Clark County Schools -

With an abundance of caution and in consideration of our colleagues and students, the Early Learning Institute and Cohort meeting will be rescheduled. 


Join Us for the 2019-20 cohort!

If you are interested in joining our Early Learning Cohort, please submit an application by clicking the Complete Your Application Today! link in the box above. Though our sites are still to be determined, we will have a fall and spring in-person meeting.

Attendance is limited!
If you would like to be one of the member Superintendents, simply complete the form at the top of this page.

An annual $2,o00 participation fee for each district will cover registration costs for the meetings, materials, and access to Eduplanet in the Early Learning community to utilize resources, discussions, and collaboration as this group works toward impacting early learning for all children. Cohort members will be reimbursed  a maximum of $500 per meeting toward hotel/travel expenses. Additionally, as a member of the Early Learning Cohort, you will be able to bring up to two critical team members from your district for a nominal $200/guest/meeting fee.

With questions contact Debbie Magee, program manager, at DMagee@aasa.org or 703-875-0716.