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Introduced in House (09/29/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6302


To provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 29, 2010

Mr. Altmire (for himself and Mr. Himes) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Early Learning Alignment Act”.

SEC. 2. Professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development.

(a) In general.—Part A of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 2161. Purpose.

“The purpose of this subpart is to improve the knowledge of elementary school principals in areas related to early childhood education and development in order to—

“(1) create high quality early learning environments;

“(2) provide a continuum of learning through the third grade with developmentally effective and appropriate curricula and teaching practices; and

“(3) establish partnerships and collaboration with community-based early childhood education providers and families to better support—

“(A) learning at each stage;

“(B) effective transition among settings; and

“(C) continuous family engagement.

“SEC. 2162. Definition of principal competencies in early childhood education and development.

“(a) In general.—In this section, the term ‘principal competencies in early childhood education and development’ means the skills that—

“(1) elementary school principals must know and be able to do; and

“(2) are acquired through high quality professional development in early childhood education and developmentally appropriate practice.

“(b) Inclusions.—The principal competencies in early childhood education and development include—

“(1) supporting an expanded continuum of learning through the third grade to ensure an effective transition from early learning or home settings to the primary school years;

“(2) engaging the school community to partner with early learning programs, and working with families to set a shared vision for understanding early childhood development;

“(3) supporting teachers through strong instructional leadership;

“(4) providing safe and supportive early learning environments that focus on the needs of the whole child, including the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and nutritional well-being of children; and

“(5) utilizing multiple measures of developmentally appropriate assessment and acquiring the ability to manage and use data effectively to make instructional decisions.

“SEC. 2163. Grant program authorized.

“(a) Grants to partnerships.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to partnerships described in paragraph (2) to enable the partnerships to carry out the authorized activities described in subsection (b).

“(2) PARTNERSHIPS.—A partnership referred to in paragraph (1) shall consist of—

“(A) a public or private entity with a demonstrated capacity to provide professional development for elementary school principals;

“(B) one or more public agencies, including—

“(i) a local educational agency;

“(ii) a State educational agency;

“(iii) a State human services agency;

“(iv) a State lead agency administering a program under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858 et seq.);

“(v) a public agency administering a State funded prekindergarten program; or

“(vi) a Head Start agency, including an Early Head Start agency; and

“(C) one or more early childhood education organizations that provide professional development to early childhood education providers.

“(3) DURATION.—The Secretary shall award a grant under this subsection for a period of not less than 3 years.

“(b) Authorized activities.—

“(1) REQUIRED USES.—Each partnership receiving a grant under this subpart shall use the grant funds—

“(A) to carry out professional development to help elementary school principals acquire the principal competencies in early childhood education and development;

“(B) to gain a knowledge base and capacity to provide high quality early childhood education; and

“(C) to work collaboratively with early childhood education providers, services providers, and families in creating a continuum of high quality development and learning for children in the community and school settings.

“(2) ALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES.—The activities described in paragraph (1) may include providing professional development programs for elementary school principals, including mentoring programs and other means of professional learning, in—

“(A) early childhood education and development in all domains (including language arts and literacy, mathematics, emotional development, social development, approaches to learning, physical development, science, and creative arts), and the continuity of standards and high quality curriculum and teaching practices from prekindergarten through the third grade, with emphasis on meeting the needs of children with disabilities and English language learners;

“(B) safe and supportive early learning environments that focus on the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children;

“(C) collaborating with early childhood education providers and other community based organizations to provide multiple educational and social service programs to meet the needs of children in prekindergarten through the third grade related to learning and development; and

“(D) providing ongoing transition services for children through active family engagement.

“(c) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section the Secretary shall give priority to supporting professional development programs that target opportunities for elementary school principals—

“(1) to participate in induction and mentoring programs for principals during the principals' first 5 years of employment as a principal;

“(2) to better understand ways to enhance family engagement and transition strategies, improve transition services, and work more collaboratively with community-based early childhood education providers;

“(3) to create a continuum of high quality teaching and learning for children in prekindergarten through the third grade; and

“(4) to participate in ongoing professional development, which may include mentoring programs for veteran principals in the education field.

“(d) Applications.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Each partnership desiring a grant under this subpart shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(2) CONTENTS REQUIRED.—Each application submitted to the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall include—

“(A) a description of the professional development for elementary school principals that will be provided under the grant, including how the principals will access professional development;

“(B) a description of the professional development described in subparagraph (A) that will be provided in rural areas if applicable;

“(C) how the professional development will address—

“(i) child development and learning and the relationship of such development and learning to providing—

“(I) safe, supportive, and engaging learning environments; and

“(II) support for instructional and educational staff in using developmentally appropriate curricula, assessments, and other practices;

“(ii) outreach and engagement of families in their child’s learning;

“(iii) opportunities to collaborate with community based organizations on continuity of standards, curricula, family education, and transition services from community based settings to schools and from year to year;

“(iv) collaborative planning to support developmentally appropriate interactions between teachers, children, and the families of children; and

“(v) sustainability of the ongoing professional development upon completion of the grant term.

“(e) Evaluation and dissemination.—

“(1) EVALUATION.—Each partnership that receives a grant under this section shall conduct an ongoing evaluation to—

“(A) assess the effectiveness of the programs and activities carried out under the grant;

“(B) assess whether professional development programs for elementary school principals in early childhood education may lead to improved school performance; and

“(C) determine how effective professional development programs and activities can be replicated.

“(2) DISSEMINATION.—Using funds made available under this subpart, the Secretary shall establish a panel of leading experts in elementary and early childhood education, including researchers, elementary school principals, and classroom practitioners, to—

“(A) identify best practices in professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education, and review effective coordination of professional development among the partnerships receiving grants under this subpart; and

“(B) disseminate to the public the latest research and findings in professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education, including through reports and technical assistance.

“(f) Inapplicability.—The provisions of subparts 1 through 5 shall not apply to this subpart.

“(g) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this subpart for fiscal year 2011 and each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.”.

(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents in section 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2151 the following:


“Sec. 2161. Purpose.

“Sec. 2162. Definition of principal competencies in early childhood education and development.

“Sec. 2163. Grant program authorized.”.