Margaret Soli

We’re Hiring!

Do you have a passion for P-3 and supporting adult learners who are administrators, organization leaders, and/or policymakers?  The National P-3 Center, within the School of Education & Human Development at University of Colorado Denver, has an exciting opportunity for a Leadership and Professional Learning Associate. We are seeking a new team member to manage …

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Transitions to Kindergarten: Findings from Recent Research

The landscape of both PreK and kindergarten has shifted over the past 20 years. The transition to kindergarten has become increasingly important, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected enrollment patterns. How can elementary schools, early care and education (ECE) programs, state agencies, and systems best support transitions in this new context? This brief provides …

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Pandemic-Related Transitions: P-3 Contexts

Across the nation, young students, pre-school through 3rd grade, are experiencing transitions in their learning contexts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “School” may be in-person, at-home, on-line, or a hybrid of these arrangements. The school year likely began in one format and has shifted, once or multiple times, since then.  School districts, elementary schools, and their early care …

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Restart and Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning: PreK to 3rd Grade

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) just released a document, Restart and Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning: PreK to 3rd Grade. This resource guide is intended for state and school system leaders to use as they implement reopening plans for young students during the 2020-21 school year. The changing circumstances of the pandemic …

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School-based PreK, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades: Fall Re-Entry Planning in a Pandemic

As states and school districts navigate plans for Fall 2020, we are hosting a series of conversations with education decisionmakers in state education agencies (SEAs) and school districts. We believe better and smarter ideas emerge when colleagues have the space for open discussion and deliberation.  The link below will take you to a summary of …

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New Project: Updating NAESP’s Pre-K-3rd Grade Publication

The National P-3 Center is honored to have been selected by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to update their 2014 publication, Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice. We are refreshing this document to reflect up-to-date research, the ever-changing policy environment, and the evolving needs of the field. We are …

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New Project: Head Start to Kindergarten Transitions

The National P-3 Center is pleased to be part of a major three-year (2019-2022) federal project, Understanding Children’s Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten. Central to this project is a systems approach that recognizes that effective transitions require intentional engagement from both the sending programs (Head Start) and the receiving programs (elementary schools). This approach …

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PreK-3rd Grade Alignment in California School Districts

What types of PreK-3rd grade alignment efforts are school districts making? What challenges are they encountering? In what ways does state policy facilitate or hinder alignment efforts?   A new study by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) examined these questions. The authors interviewed representatives from 25 districts that have preschools on one or more …

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