Publication Date: January 27, 2022
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
The majority of public school principals are now required to supervise and evaluate early childhood teachers and classrooms, yet many do not have a sufficient understanding of child development and early childhood pedagogy to lead for equity. This practical and comprehensive resource addresses this critical gap by presenting current research on child development, an understanding of the elements of high-quality early childhood classrooms, essential information on trauma-responsive practices, and strategies for reducing bias and preventing the use of exclusionary discipline with young children. School leaders learn about the pivotal role they can play in improving equity for young children, their families, and the early childhood workforce. Each chapter includes key take-aways and central questions that can be used for individual reflection or to guide group discussions. Authentic examples, illustrations, and actionable strategies help readers to successfully implement the content in their school. Principals as Early Learning Leaders is essential reading for principals, vice principals, administrators, and others responsible for leading preschool and pre–K programs for equity.
Julie Nicholson is a professor of practice at Mills College and codirector of the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education. Helen Maniates is an associate professor of teacher education at the University of San Francisco. Serene J. Yee is an education programs consultant in the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division. Thomas Williams Jr. is executive strategic policy analyst at the Kentucky Department of Education. Veronica Ufoegbune is executive director of early childhood education in the Alameda Unified School District. Raul Erazo-Chavez is executive director of schools and programs in the Early Education Department of the San Francisco Unified School District.