A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through 2nd Grade: Lessons from Boston

Laura Bornfreund and Aaron Loewenberg (2018), A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through 2nd Grade: Lessons from Boston. Washington, DC: New America.

This report explains the work that has taken place over the last decade in Boston to not only improve pre-K, but to build on the successes of pre-K through reform of classroom environments, instructional practices, and curricula in pre-K, kindergarten, and, more recently, in first and second grade. Reform happens from the bottom up; the work of increasing student achievement is not confined to a single grade, but requires sustained efforts to improve the grades that follow, efforts that persist despite multiple changes in district leadership. Research and data is used to drive continuous improvement. States and districts across the country can learn from these efforts to build on the gains made as a result of high-quality pre-K programs.

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