Reducing Achievement Gaps by 4th Grade: The PreK-3rd Approach in Action (Webinar Series)
At its core, the PreK-3rd approach promotes high-quality learning experiences for children from prekindergarten through third grade, with an emphasis on instruction and engagement. An aligned and high-quality system of learning across early childhood and elementary education is critical to establishing a strong foundation for life-long learning. Effective PreK-3rd practices are grounded in research about early development and learning, and engage families. There is now a substantial body of evidence that PreK-3rd practices have positive effects, especially for children who are at increased risk for poor school outcomes. There is growing belief that the PreK-3rd approach offers promise to reduce pervasive achievement gaps. Throughout the country increasing numbers of schools are integrating elements of PreK-3rd reforms into their practices.
Reducing Achievement Gaps by 4th Grade: The PreK-3rd Approach in Action is a series of eight webinars, each highlighting a critical component of the PreK-3rd approach. The series will launch with an overview of the rationale for the PreK-3rd approach and how its core elements address the pressing problems of achievement gaps and low quality educational opportunities. Subsequent webinars will employ this lens to focus on leadership, family engagement, standards and curriculum, teacher effectiveness, child assessment, and state and district policy.
The webinars will present the research that supports and defines effective PreK-3rd strategies and highlight innovative practices within early childhood and elementary education systems, schools, and classrooms. Educators from across the country will describe novel approaches to PreK-3rd reform, including how they overcame implementation and policy-related challenges. The webinars are designed to be helpful to a wide audience. Leaders and educators in school districts, communities, and states will benefit. Individuals working in policy, practice, advocacy, and research will learn about the PreK-3rd approach’s potential to reduce achievement gaps and improve long-term educational outcomes for all children.
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