Recruitment for DIAL EE Fellows

We’re recruiting for the 2024-2026 DIAL EE Fellows cohort!


The Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE) is situated within Cultivate Learning located at the University of Washington.


The Center for District Innovation And Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE) supports school districts to align early education and K-12 systems to ultimately realize the best outcomes for all children, from early childhood through high school graduation.

Education Ecosystem

The California education ecosystem has many groups, such as school districts, charter schools, professional organizations, early education stakeholders, advocacy groups, research centers, funders, and more, that make up the early education and K-12 systems. School districts with early learning programs must navigate and operate within these two complex systems and set of regulations mandated by the Federal and State governments. Some districts identify innovative ways to work within both systems and governance frameworks to develop effective early education programs. However, leaders in these districts primarily operate in relative isolation limiting the diffusion of innovation and lessons. The Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education acts as a convener and facilitator between school districts and various groups to align and integrate early education and K-12 systems.
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Since district early learning programs are unique in that they serve primarily low-income families there is the opportunity to design around a system focused on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and ensures that children from communities with less social, political and monetary capital build a strong educational system. DIAL EE’s work is informed by a group of early education leaders to ground it in the realities, interests, and priorities of those responsible for early education within their districts. DIAL EE’s frameworks are focused on:

Whole child
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Measurable impacts
Early education strategy within local education authority setting

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DIAL EE is currently partnered with a diverse set of California school districts to explore effective practices and policy in governance and leadership, budgeting, workforce development and continuous improvement for Preschool to 3rd grade. Embedded in this work is a focus on equity–for children, families, and the workforce. DIAL EE has two sets of strategies to achieve its goals:

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Visible Governance

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Understand local education authority context and current state e.g. governance model, leadership formal training

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Implementation tools


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K-12 professional administrative organizations

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Governor’s Budget


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Synthesize incoming information from Governor, Legislature, State Departments such as DSS, CDE and department initiatives

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Governance, Leadership and Implementation



Latest News

Eileen Aguba Chen to be the Next Superintendent of Robla School District

Congratulations to our very own DIAL EE Senior Fellow, Eileen Aguba Chen, on her appointment as the new Superintendent of Robla School District!  The Robla School District website recently announced Eileen as their new Superintendent, with her tenure to start on July...

Hampered Growth: Implementing Transitional Kindergarten in Four California School Districts

In a new brief with the Berkeley Children's Forum and DIAL EE, Hampered Growth: Implementing Transitional Kindergarten in Four California School Districts, education leaders from four medium-sized school districts in California share about their efforts in...

Cohort & Impact Report 2020-2022

In early 2020 we began our work at the Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education with our pilot cohort of DIAL EE Fellows, a group of visionary district leaders responsible for early education in their district. We supported these visionary...

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