Early Learning

April 2021

The early years of school matter for all of us, because they lay the foundation for later learning. This issue examines what all educators can learn from early childhood, how to align early childhood and K-12 professional learning, what principals should learn about pre-K, and how to build equity from the early years on.Read the […]


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 Early learning and K-12 go hand in hand: A conversation with Iheoma Iruka

K-12 and early childhood learning systems can learn a lot from one another, says the founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition.

 Discipline needs an overhaul: Better support for educators can change deeply flawed practi

The way we discipline young children, and children of color in particular, is a nationwide problem. It’s time to change policies and practices.

 Nashville has a blueprint to address early literacy

A citywide initiative involving a coalition of community partners draws on local talent, expertise, and opportunities for collaboration.

All in on early learning

Elementary school leaders need professional learning to support young learners, infographic shows.

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Bilingual program builds a bridge to equity

An international school in Bogotá, Colombia looks to professional learning to achieve early literacy success across languages.


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