Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

From the Editor

Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

From the Editor

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In my earliest years of studying to be an educator-before I realized that teaching high school English was my true passion-I aspired to teach in the primary grades. My reasoning was the generally unarguable ideas that young children are the most receptive, engaged, and engaging learners and that the early-childhood years are simply the most important for education. Later, in the course of a 35-year career in the same district, including work at the elementary, high school, and district levels, this predisposition was reinforced again and again. As an elementary principal, I reveled in the openness and enthusiasm of young learners-and worked with concern for those whose home life, physical issues, or learning disabilities caused them to struggle. As a high school vice principal in charge of discipline, I recognized repeatedly that students' paths-academic and otherwise-had been molded many years earlier, well before they entered the middle grades and certainly before they reached me. By the time I ended my career in a central office position, I had been able to witness the full preK-12 spectrum of progress-or lack thereof-for numerous students and, with few exceptions, the child's early years were critical and predictive of his or her journey. As with many educators, my experience persistently reinforced the importance of early-learning environments-the topic for this issue of the Bulletin.

The issue begins with a curation of resources for those sharing the world-wide concern for early-learning environments and issues. Considering the concept of environments more literally, Jechura, Wooldridge, Bertelsen, and Mayers discuss effective spaces to support young learners in integrated, play-based learning experiences. In research pieces, Eller and Poe focus on to what extent new teachers perceive themselves to be prepared to provide primary literacy education, and Selvaggi looks at the importance of collaboration and goal alignment by principals and literacy coaches in elementary environments. …

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