PreK-3rd Grade Curriculum and Instruction

  • Learning Standards for PK-3
  • K-3 Social, Emotional and Intellectual Habits
  • Executive Function
  • Intentional, balanced teaching
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Learning environments
  • Child development and responsible inclusive practices
  • Brain research and neuroscience

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
  • 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
  • Data and cultural literacy

Leading for Equity, Excellence, and Early Success

  • Leading a culture of caring, competence, and excellence (FirstSchool)
  • Leading for learning with children, teachers, and other professionals
  • Building partnerships with families, care givers, and community
  • Navigating within and across agencies, including federal, state, local, public, private, and philanthropic
  • Systems thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Public relations, advocacy, and politics


Cost for Participants:  $100
(The original cost was $4,950, however recent grant funding and access to other PK3 program funds allow us to reduce the cost.)


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.

Program Dates, 2022-2023

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

Module 1: Curriculum and Instruction
July 11-15, 2022 from 9am-3pm

Module 2: Assessment and Evaluation
October 14-15, 2022 from 9am-3pm
November 4-5, 2022 from 9am-3pm
November 16, 2022 from 5pm-8pm
November 30, 2022 from 5pm-8pm

Module 3: Leadership
March 24-25, 2023 from 9am-3pm
April 21-22, 2023 from 9am-3pm
April 26, 2023 from 5pm-8pm
May 4, 2023 from 5pm-8pm