The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group
The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group seeks to promote high-quality learning experiences for children from prekindergarten through third grade.
We are committed to building knowledge and understanding of effective PreK-3rd policy and practice, with an emphasis on instruction and engagement in learning. This requires creating an aligned and high-quality system of early learning across early childhood and elementary education, which is critical to establishing a strong foundation for life-long learning. While our primary focus is on education and learning from ages 3 to 8, we recognize that children need high quality opportunities to learn beginning at birth and continuing through post-secondary education.
New Webinar: On March 26, at 3PM (EST), the PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group will host a webinar titled, "What Do PreK-3rd Reforms Look Like? Erikson Institute's New Schools Project Approach." This webinar will be the second in a 3 part series designed to help participants think about the overall components that frame effective PreK-3rd efforts and to detail some of the ways schools and districts have brought these ideas to life. The webinar showcases the New Schools Project (NSP) in Chicago, highlighting how NSP’s urban partners are working to improve the effectiveness and continuity of children’s PreK – 3rd grade educational experiences. A key emphasis of partner schools’ efforts is to transform their classroom practices so that low-income linguistically and culturally diverse children develop the strong oral language and literacy foundations required for high levels of learning across subjects. These practices include building inclusive classroom communities to sustain children’s eagerness to learn and motivation for academic achievement. Speakers will share their work in rethinking their teaching as they consider knowledge of children’s development, research-based instructional practices, and intellectually challenging content. They will also detail forms of collaborative professional development that are making a difference for their own and their children’s learning experiences, examining the importance of opportunities for PreK-3rd teachers to lead, teach, and learn from each other. Registration for the webinar is available here.
The third webinar in this series will look specifically at work teachers participating in Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative are doing to transform teaching and learning experiences in mathematics, PreK-3rd grade.
Previous Content: In 2012 and early 2013, the Work Group hosted a free eight-part webinar series entitled Reducing the Achievement Gap by 4th Grade: The PreK-3rd Approach in Action. The last of these webinars, Scale and Sustainability: Implications for State and District Policy, was held on January 30, 2013. For more information on the previous webinars, including presentation slides and video, see our events page.
In June 2013, we published a four-page highlights document (see image to the left) that explains the series in greater detail. To download the PDF, click here.