Early childhood education and the K-12 public school systems operate in tandem to provide students with the tools and support necessary to achieve educational success. By better aligning their shared goals, these two systems can tap into their potential for collaboration, which leverages systems-level change.

During this spark session, Andrew Krugly, vice president of education and program operations at Chicago Commons, will uncover strategies for improved connections between early childhood education and K-12 public school systems. Through small group discussion, participants will have the opportunity to explore the strengths and weakness of both systems.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply this framework by creating an action plan to create stronger connections between the early childhood education and the K-12 public school systems in their own communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Strengths and weakness of early childhood and K-12 education systems
  • Reasons for the “disconnect” between these two systems
  • Create an action plan for creating stronger connections between early childhood and K-12 public schools

Presenter: Andrew Krugly, vice president of education and program operations, Chicago Commons

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Andrew Krugly
Vice President of Education and Program Operations
Chicago Commons

Andrew Krugly is the vice president of education and program operations at Chicago Commons. In this role, he oversees operations, curriculum and staff training for Commons’ early education, family engagement, and adult education programs.

His past roles include serving as the director of education at the Ounce of Prevention Fund for the Educare Learning Network, and serving as a successful elementary school principal for over 17 years. During his career, Krugly has been a vanguard in behavioral and academic reform. He has led sustained implementation of systemic change including the:

  • Use of data in early childhood education
  • Integration of a Spanish immersion program
  • Shift in the special education service delivery model to one of inclusion
  • Implementation of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention frameworks

As a nationally recognized presenter and consultant, he has spoken around the country on the use of data for continuous quality improvement in early education, high impact early childhood education instructional strategies, and PBIS.

Krugly has a master’s in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor’s in elementary education, both from the University of Illinois. He is a past recipient of the Kohl International Teaching Award.