“American public policy has to shift to acknowledge that the core skills needed for success in life are formed before children enter school.”
- James Heckman, Nobel prize-winning economist, The American Family in Black and White: A Post-Racial Strategy for Improving Skills to Promote Equality, February 2011

"[T]he time has come to begin to close the gap between what we know (from systematic scientific inquiry across a broad range of disciplines) and what we do (through both public and private sector policies and practices) to promote the healthy development of all young children."
- The Science of Early Childhood Development (2007), p. 13, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

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2016-2017 PreK-3 Implementation Series, sponsored by MDE, MESPA, MASA

Series I: PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series - Cohort 3 - Starts February 28, 2017
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Click here for more information and to register for Fergus Falls Sessions 1 and 5 are in St. Paul (Click Here for Flier)

Series II: Building Rigorous and Robust PreK-3 Learning Environments
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Series III: Building PreK-3 Systems: From Alignment to Coherence
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Case Studies of Schools Implementing Early Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction
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Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade
Click Here, The Future of Children, 26(2), Fall 2016.

Birth–3rd and Leadership: Steve Tozer’s Message to the Birth–3rd Community
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The Power of a Good Idea: How the San Francisco School District is Building a PreK-3rd Grade Bridge
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