PreK-3rd: How Superintendents Lead Change

September 1, 2010


Geoff Marietta

This brief highlights the leadership of three superintendents from very different districts -- Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; Bremerton School District, WA; and Nooksack Valley School District, WA -- who led comprehensive efforts to integrate early learning with the K-12 system to create integrated PreK-3rd grade approaches. Each of these leaders began with simple and focused visions for improving early learning within their districts; supported joint professional development partnerships between their districts and nearby early learning providers; and established clear, measurable targets that linked teaching and learning in PreK to outcomes in grade three and beyond.

APA Citation: 

Marietta, G. (2010). PreK-3rd: How superintendents lead change. New York: Foundation for Child Development.


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