Achieving Excellence in Education: Leading Pre-K through 3rd Grade Systems
Click Here, Wednesday, April 27, 5:00–7:00, Walker Art Center, Skyline Room, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403
- Equity & Excellence: Leading Pre-K through 3rd Grade Systems Click Here, Steven Tozer, University of Illinois at Chicago
Preventing Gaps in School Readiness and Early Achievement: The Child-Parent Center (CPC) Preschool to 3rd Grade Program
April 27, 1:00 to 3:30, University of Minnesota
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Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) & MDE present: Building and Improving Your PreK-3rd Grade Systems
- Family Engagement Small Group Contributions - Click here for document
Policy Forum on Raising 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
Minnesota Office of Early Learning and the National Governors Association
September 4, 2013, at the Minnesota Department of Education
- Forum Agenda
- Policy Forum on Raising 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency - Bobbie Burnham
- Policy Action Framework to Improve Third Grade Reading Outcomes: NGA Governor’s Guide - Albert Wat
- Commonality, Consistency, and Continuity: The PreK-3rd Grade Framework - Kristie Kauerz
- Review of Research on Early Literacy and Language Development - Molly Branson Thayer
MESPA Institute 2013 - Learning for All: Whatever it takes
February 6-8, DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South
One of the 3 aims of MESPA Institute 2013 is early education and preK-grade 3 alignment. Ruby Takanishi is one of the keynote speakers.
Making it Work: Implementing a Comprehensive PreK-3rd Grade Approach
May 9-12, 2012, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Minnesota was very fortunate to have two teams (out of just 12 selected nationwide) selected to attend this institute. The Minnesota team was comprised of individuals from Bloomington School District, Brooklyn Center School District, MN Department of Education, MN Reading Corps, St. Paul School District and United Way. The Minneapolis team consisted of the chief academic officer, the early childhood director, principals, and teachers from the Minneapolis School District. The executive director of Way to Grow was also a member of this team. Needless to say, the state of Minnesota had a strong presence at this institute. Most importantly, Minnesota is being recognized for not only some of our great work around PreK-3 initiatives, but also our potential to make great progress implementing high-quality PreK-3 programs.
During the four day institute, we had the opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the country.
The "Better Schools for a Better Minnesota" PreK to Grade 3 Systems for Success
June 23, 2011, at the Minnesota Department of Education
In Minnesota, we are confronted with the same educational challenges that other states face in the 21st century. One of our top priorities is closing the achievement gap, which encompasses many factors and issues. Now more than ever, we have to look to systems, elements, and practices that are the most beneficial to our children's learning and development. While we have decades of research that demonstrate the positive effects of early childhood programs, we now have a critical mass of research that extols the value of extending early childhood programs into the primary grades. Integrating high-quality early childhood programs into the K-12 system is one of the most effective things school districts can do impact learning and achievement. The most successful educational programs for our youngest children need to be comprehensive, span multiple years, and focus on important transition points.
The focus of this conference was on how we can effectively create and implement a comprehensive, integrated, and aligned PreK to Grade 3 system. We first heard from one of the top experts in the country, Dr. Kristie Kauerz. Dr. Kauerz is the PreK-3 Education Program Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She specializes in early education and elementary school reform. Dr. Kauerz has extensive state-level policy experience, which includes working with more than 40 states on issues related to PreK to Grade 3.
To discuss how to implement a comprehensive system, we heard from another leading expert in the country, Dr. Jerry Weast, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland (now retired). Then, we will learn from a panel of Minnesota school officials how they have incorporated PK-3 practices and programs into their K-12 systems.
“Once we fixed the system, the kids were suddenly okay. Same kids, just a different system.”
- Dr. Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools
Last fall, the Pew Center on the States released a report lauding Montgomery County Public Schools PreK-12 strategy as a model for national reform (click here for Pew news release).
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland has 144,064 students and 200 schools. Students represent 164 countries, speaking 184 languages. Demographically, about 37 percent of the students are White, 23 percent African American, 23 percent Hispanic, 16 percent Asian American, and .3 percent American Indian. Since 1998, MCPS has seen a 103 percent increase in the number of ELL students and a 44 percent increase in the number of children receiving Free or Reduced Lunch.
After integrating high-quality early learning across the system
- Almost 90 percent of kindergartners enter first grade with essential literacy skills
- Nearly 88 percent of third graders read proficiently
- Achievement gaps between different racial and ethnic groups across all grade levels declined by double digits
- About 90 percent of 12th graders graduate from high school
- About 77 percent of graduating seniors enroll in college
Trend – Percentage of Students Scoring Proficient or Advanced by Racial/Ethnic Group
A Bird’s Eye View of PreK-3rd: Spotting Changes at the National and Federal Level
Click Here, Lisa Guernsey, Presentation at Erikson Institute, March 31, 2011
Family Engagement: Finding Common Understandings and Methods to Assess Family Engagement: Part II
Click Here Ohio’s SOAR Alternative Response Project
FirstSchool: Improving the PreK-3rd Grade School Experience of African-American, Latino, and Low Income Children
Click Here for File
MNAFEE Conference 2013 - PreK-3rd Grade
Click Here for File One of our discussion topics was early childhood administration. While you play a critical role, please keep in mind that other administrators are also required in order to make the model successful. It is for this reason that PreK-3rd Grade conferences (e.g. MDE in 2011, Harvard PreK-3rd Institute in 2012, and Northland Foundation in 2013) often require team registrations. PreK-3rd is a collaboration and shared efforts. Thankfully, momentum is growing and others are understanding the importance of early childhood and alignment. For example, the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association (MESPA) is lobbying for the model.
If you do not yet have adequate support from other district administrators, you can still move forward with strategies, practices and improvements you can control or influence.
MNAFEE Regional Workshops - Fall 2013
Moving Forward: Building the Capacity for Effective Family and Community Engagement
Click Here Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
P-3: Tackling Achievement Gaps Early Click Here
July 9, 2012, Atlanta, Education Commission of the States
PreK-3 Alignment What it is and How to Make it a Reality
Click Here, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Mateo County Office of Education, Jefferson Elementary School District
PreK-3rd Grade: A Comprehensive Approach Click Here
August 3, 2012, Webinar
Kristie Kauerz, University of Washington
Pre-school through 3rd Grade (P-3): Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Click Here
November 13, 2012, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
by Kristie Kauerz, University of Washington
Presentations from Aligning PreK to Grade 3 Systems for Success conference at MDE
Making the Case for PreK-3rd - Dr. Kristie Kauerz
A Value Chain that Starts in Preschool - Dr. Jerry Weast
Also see the Webinars tab in each of the PreK-3 Framework Elements
Save the Date for an Outstanding Webinar on May 26!
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is planning a FREE webinar, “Harnessing Technology and Digital Media to Support Early Literacy in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: Moving Young Learners Forward!” This MDE webinar is scheduled for May 26 from 3:30-4:30 pm – right after school so you can interact with the presenter!
Presenter: Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative and Director, Learning Technologies Project at New America (non-partisan think tank), Washington, DC. Lisa is a contributing author to Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (in-press).
This one-hour webinar is designed for Minnesota educators in prekindergarten to Grade 3, parents, and other adults working with young children.
The webinar will tentatively include:
- An overview of current research on technology and early literacy development.
- Broader understanding of early literacy (e.g., the act of reading, understanding, the reading brain)
- Information about using technology to support literacy development on the ground – “seeding reading” (e.g., using video to model use to technology for literacy development with parents, remote guided reading, e-books, apps), and effective strategies for family engagement and home/school connections to support literacy development in young children.
- Time for YOU to ask questions!
We plan to provide 1 CEU for participation in the webinar.
Please share this information with all your school, district, parents, and regional contacts. More information will be coming soon!
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Racial Equity at the District and Classroom Level
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Click Here, from The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group