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NAESP Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy Kick-Off Meeting

by Susie Ellison | May 11, 2018

NAESP Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy Kick-Off Meeting

Montgomery, AL- On May 3, the second cohort of the NAESP Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy held its first meeting. The year-long program provides a high-quality professional learning and resource program to meet the needs of elementary principals and Pre-K program directors serving children from age three to eight. This year 30 participants and 6 advisors were selected through an application process.

During the program participants will receive guidance and support from an advisor as they explore student and adult learning using the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) six competencies that characterize Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice:

  • Embrace the Pre-K-3 Early Learning Continuum
  • Ensure Developmentally-Appropriate Teaching
  • Provide Personalized, Blending Learning Environments
  • Use Multiple Measures to Guide Growth in Student Learning
  • Build Professional Capacity Across the Learning Community
  • Make Your School a Hub of Pre-K-3 Learning for Families and Communities

The NAESP Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy is provided in partnership with the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS), the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

2018-2019 Advisors: Adam Dasinger, Carla Kimball, Brenda Sharp, Karen Stewart-Moore, Michael Wilson, Camille Wright.

2018-2019 Cohort: Monica Baugh, Lisa Baxter, Veronica Bayles, Vicki Brasher, Arthur Caffey, John Cameron Jr, Tami Crosby, Tesha Crump, Patricia Culpepper, Jamie Darwin, Tommy Dukes III, Peggy Ann Grant, Averette Hale, Christy Hiett, Debbie Horton, Roshandra Jackson, Haley James, Emily Johnson, Albert LeBlanc, Sandra Lyle, Shannon McCaskey, Vickie Poe, Debra Reynolds, Beth Rigsby, Catherine Rogers, Kara Scholl, Bradley Scott, Janet Turner, Josh Walker, Norman Williams Jr.

About NAESP:

Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, professional development, and resources for instructional leadership including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit

About CLAS:

CLAS, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools was founded in 1969 by a small group of school leaders to provide targeted professional development and support for Alabama’s public school administrators. CLAS now serves ten affiliates representing each type of public school/school system leader. CLAS provides the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support.  CLAS is the premier professional development provider for administrators in public schools in the state of Alabama.

Photo: 2018-2019 NAESP Pre-K-3 Leadership Academy Cohort and Advisors