The Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate Program is designed to build and support a cadre of administrators—in both early learning and elementary education—who are well equipped to ensure Washington’s young children have a high quality continuum of learning that begins at birth and extends through elementary school regardless of race, class, culture, or zip code. The ten-month, credit-bearing course of study is for practicing elementary school principals and site-based early learning program directors/managers in the state of Washington.
The curriculum is based on 11 standards that guide comprehensive P-3 approaches and are based on the Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches (Kauerz & Coffman, 2013). The curriculum challenges the status quo and redefines P-3 leadership to more adequately serve our youngest learners by preparing administrators across the P-3 continuum with:
- Knowledge of relevant P-3 pedagogy, equity-driven decision making, and policy;
- Skills, dispositions, and effective strategies to lead complex change; and
- Specific guidance to implement P-3 approaches in their home schools, programs, and communities through the design and enactment of Action Research Projects that are focused on reducing opportunity and achievement gaps.