Early Learning Cohort

Current 2020-2021 Early Learning Cohort members, click here for monthly meeting information.


Dates: August 11, 2021 – July 31, 2022 

Location: Virtual & Face-to-Face

Registration Fee:
    Nonmember Price: $2,500
    AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

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About the Early Learning Cohort

The impact of early learning programs on communities is profound. AASA’s Early Learning cohort brings educational leaders 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. 

Who Should Participate?

Any district leader who is interested in furthering the early learning initiative and mission, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents and directors of early learning.


What Will I Learn?

By joining AASA's Early Learning Cohort, you will:
  • Discover the power of early education. Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community.
  • Develop lasting relationships with colleagues who are also working on early education, and share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.
  • Have the opportunity to work with early learning advocates from across the nation including district administrators and topic experts to gain insight and research to shape actions, advocacy, and responses which promote sustainable and effective early learning efforts, will leave the course and creative or enhanced strategic plans regarding early learning. Participants also gain a network of colleagues who are embracing early learning in their district.

Programs Dates & Details

Program Duration: August 11, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Monthly cohort convenings will be held virtually on the second Wednesday of each month from 1–2pm ET. Additionally, we will host a Twitter Chat on the fourth Wednesday of each month from from 8-9pm ET. 

Face-to-Face Meeting: Spring 2022 (subject to change based on the current pandemic situation)


Cohort Lead



Deborah Bergeron, Deputy Director for Community Engagement and Innovation, National Head Start Association  


Cohort Steering Committee

Barbara Bottoms, Principal, Prince George's County Public Schools (MD)
Peter Finch, Interim Superintendent, West Valley School District #208 (WA)
Dawn Linden, Assistant Superintendent, Ann Arbor Public Schools (MI)
Eddie Manuszak, Superintendent, Dundee Community School District (MI)
Summer Schultz, Superintendent, Dell Rapids School District 49-3 (SD)

Program Fees

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000
Not a member? Join now to save $500!

The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.


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Contact AASA program director Debbie Magee at dmagee@aasa.org