Strand One: Birth through Grade 12 as a Continuum and a Single System
Purpose of this Strand
In this strand, comprised of four lessons, participants will be introduced to the idea that early childhood programs, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools all need to work together to meet the child’s developmental and educational needs at all ages in one aligned continuum of learning. Within the Birth-12 continuum, the Birth-3rd Grade span is an especially important time in child development that lays the foundation for future school and life success. This band, often called "B-3" will be examined in-depth, both independently and as it relates to the better integration of the entire Birth to Grade 12 continuum. By looking at the continuum from different perspectives, participants will learn more about how each level of education fits into the overall system and how school leaders can work to make the system more effective.
Structure of the Strand
This strand has four lessons. The first two lessons look at the organizing concepts of “continuum” and “system.” The third lesson focuses on identifying key similarities and differences among various education levels (Early Childhood Programs (birth to age 5), Elementary School, Middle School, and High School) in the 0- grade 12 continuum. The final lesson focuses on improving transitions from one level to another. The emphasis in these lessons is on the role of the leader in ensuring an effective continuum.
How to incorporate this strand into existing courses or existing curricula
These lessons may be incorporated into existing leadership courses, such as courses on change leadership and school culture. It might also be incorporated into a “foundations” course. Portions of the strand could also be easily implemented as professional development workshops—either in person or online.