2019 Regional Meetings on Early Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act
Building a strong foundation for learning takes all of us working together. With its requirements to engage early learning stakeholders, the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an opportunity to engage community partners to support our children in fulfilling their potential.
It begins with aligning strategies. No matter where you sit, you create annual strategic plans to access funds.
What would be possible if we aligned these plans and our work to create a system that builds a strong foundation of learning for all children in our communities? What would be possible if districts had support to collaborate across systems to focus on family engagement, professional development, and transitions? We are committed to doing just that.
The Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and EducationCounsel are supporting Local Education Agencies and early learning leaders in collaborating to create aligned strategic plans that meet requirements for all community partners and create an opportunity for meaningful coordination and collaboration.
In February 2019, more than 365 local early learning and K-12 leaders participated in four regional meetings in Greenville, Fayetteville, Asheville and Winton-Salem. Meetings focused on three priorities: family engagement, aligned professional development and transition into kindergarten. Attending teams identified a problem of practice to address, began developing an action plan, and will receive ongoing support as they develop their plans throughout 2019.
Resources shared at the meetings include: