How a Small Foundation Helped Push Washington State Education to the Forefront

Paul Nyhan
September 23, 2011

This study chronicles how The New School Foundation influenced primary education reform in Washington by creating one of the leading PreK-3rd programs in the United States. The PreK-3rd program was implemented in two of the lowest performing public schools in Seattle. After eight years encountering obstacles and resistance, the PreK-3rd program at South Shore School began to produce results. Now, not only is this program influencing other districts in Washington, but also PreK-3rd efforts in the rest of the country.