1. PreK – 3rd-Grade Curriculum and Instruction 

  • Learning standards for PreK-3 — aligned, relevant, and integrated language, communication, and literacy, including dual language learning; mathematics; social and emotional development; motor and physical development, health, and well-being; scientific inquiry; social studies; creative arts; logic and reasoning; and cognition
  • K-3 social & intellectual habits
  • Executive function
  • Intentional, balanced teaching
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Learning environment
  • Child development, exceptionalities, brain research

2. Assessment Practices with Young Children and Evaluation of Teachers and Programs

  • Collaborative inquiry processes and responsible use of child assessments
  • Use of formative and summative assessments with young children
  • Balanced assessment practices that include authentic assessment and the appropriate use of standardized tools
  • Use of the Connecticut teacher evaluation guidelines, evidence guides, and rubrics with PK – 3rd grade teachers
  • Quality indicators for program evaluation using a cycle of continuous improvement

3. Leading for Equity, Excellence and Early Success

  • Leading a culture of caring, competence, and excellence1
  • Leading for learning, children, teachers, and staff
  • Building partnerships with families, caregivers, and community
  • Navigating within and across agencies, including federal, state, local, public, private, and philanthropic
  • Systems thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Data literacy and continuous improvement
  • Public relations, advocacy, and politics

Program Dates, 2017-18

NOTE: Classes are held at Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) Staff Development/Administration Building, located at 205 Skiff Street in Hamden, Conn.

Curriculum & Instruction
July 17-21, 2017 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Assessment & Evaluation
October 20 and 21, 2017 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
November 3 and 4, 2017 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
November 15 and December 6, 2017 (5-8 p.m.)


March 23 and 24, 2018 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
April 27 and 28, 2018 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
May 2 and 9, 2018 (5-8 p.m.)

Cost for Participants

$5,000, plus fees. Note: In 2017, there is a $1,500, grant-based incentive that reduces the program cost to $3,612 (inclusive of fees).


1 Ritchie, S., Gutmann, L., Ed. (2014). FirstSchool: Transforming PreK-3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children. New York: Teachers College Press.