Download NAESP’s New Pre-K-3 Leadership Competencies

Communicator October 2014, Volume 38, Issue 2

October 2014, Volume 38, Issue 2

As the federal role expands to support increased state investments in school-based prekindergarten programs, NAESP has released an updated, principal competency guide: Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice. Developed by a panel of leading practitioners, this standards document defines new competencies and outlines a practical approach to high-quality early learning for children from age three to grade three.

Officially released October 16 at a launch event at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club, Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities represents a new, child-centered vision for school leadership that applies the latest research and knowledge about child development and early childhood education to set expectations for effective principal practice.

“As the leading advocacy organization representing the nation’s principals and working to highlight the importance of early childhood education in both policy and practice, NAESP supports policies and practices that help principals forge connections between the early childhood community and K-3 or K-12 systems,” said Gail Connelly, NAESP executive director. “Such an approach addresses the readiness gap before it becomes an achievement gap.”

Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities explores how principals can:

  • Identify quality indicators of effective Pre-K-3 systems;
  • Understand how to provide a student-centered, personalized, and well-rounded approach from ages 3 to 8;
  • Use the principal’s role as a vital link between prekindergarten and the primary grades and as a bridging force between school and community;
  • Build understanding among parents, community members, and others who are part of the learning community about the benefits of early learning; and
  • Build capacity to work effectively with parents and families.

This groundbreaking work sets forth a strategy to help principals develop and expand their instructional leadership with a child-centered focus and acquire the practical skills necessary to address the academic, social, emotional and physical development needs of all young children.

The digital edition of this publication is free until November 15, 2014.

Beginning November 15, prices will be:

Print Edition: $24.95 members/$29.95 nonmembers

Digital Edition: $19.95 members /$24.95 nonmembers

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