This guide is aimed primarily at principals, but it can be a resource for anyone who cares about supporting quality teaching and learning for Pre-K-3 learners, including childcare providers, directors of preschool programs, coaches, mentors, professional developers, teachers, superintendents, school board members, policymakers and parents. Beyond its use for active practitioners, this guide can also be used to support the pre-service professional learning of teachers and principals serving children from age three to grade three. Backed by relevant and recent research ‑ findings, the guide first outlines the characteristics of what constitutes quality in Pre-K-3 programs, whether these programs are set in schools or connected to schools. NAESP has defined six competencies that they believe are required for principals to lead effective, high-quality learning environments—both for children age three to grade three and for the adults who serve them—and the strategies it will take to meet these competencies. The competencies are related and interdependent. They must be integrated to create an effective learning system; implementing just a few of them will not lead to success. The guide is a tool in itself, but is written in a way that serves to connect principals to additional tools, including resources and ideas that can be used in faculty and parent meetings and other meetings of the learning community.
Read the guide here.