Excellence in the Early Grades: District Leadership Summit

On March 23-24, 2016, experts and school district leaders from across the country will meet in Chicago for a summit on best practices and strategies for aligning education from birth through 3rd grade.

Aligning for Success

To sustain student gains from high-quality early childhood programs, research shows that we must invest in aligning children's educational experiences through 3rd grade to truly close the achievement gap before it starts. 

Excellence in the Early Grades highlights innovative alignment models and district-level policy and practice designed to achieve better student outcomes. With in-depth seminars and opportunities to network with other committed local leaders, attendees will be inspired and leave with new ideas for approaching this critical work in their own district. The Summit will bring together district education leaders, including superintendents, chief academic officers/assistant superintendents and school board members.

Find resources from this year's Summit including plenary and breakout session materials on the Summit Resources page. Materials from the 2015 Summit are also available.