A Growth-in-Practice Executive Education Model

Getting to high-quality early education rests on skilled leaders and educators. But all too often, quality improvement initiatives overlook the essential work of adult capacity-building. The Zaentz Professional Learning Academy is a bold, innovative strategy to bring executive education to the field of early education.

Organized around the science of adult learning, leadership, and early development, we serve policymakers, directors, administrators, and educators to build their core knowledge on topics that range from adaptive leadership and creating effective teams to the nuts and bolts of cultivating high-quality learning environments, including strengthening relationships, building language, and buffering children’s stress and trauma.

For transformational change and lasting improvement, executive education in early education has to be characterized by what we call a growth-in-practice model.

Our Participants


in intellectually stimulating learning environments—in person and online.


core knowledge and co-construct solutions to widespread problems in the field.


relevant cases, policies, and practices for action.


learnings to their own work and contexts.

Core Knowledge for ActionCase-Based, Data-Driven Intensive, Sustained Enhanced Leader and Educator Skills & CompetenciesImproved Early Learning andDevelopment
The institute helped me to think about the challenges going forward in helping adults understand the importance of the research and relationships in creating learning environments.”

- Zaentz Academy Participant, June 2018


We offer on-campus institutes and online programs. See which offerings work best for your professional learning and register today.

Certificate in Early Education Leadership

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Upcoming Programs

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There were a number of times during this Institute that I wanted to stand up, and shout 'Hooray, Finally!' This is our moment, and we need to make the most of it. The Zaentz Initiative gives the field a strong voice to advocate for policy change, and to elevate our field.”

- Zaentz Academy Participant, December 2017

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Contact us to learn more about how the Zaentz Academy can be a part of your organization’s professional learning.