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Fostering Pre-K to Elementary Alignment and Continuity in Mathematics in Two Urban School Districts

Mon, April 8, 8:00 to 9:30am, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Floor: 200 Level, Room 205A


Pre-K to 3 initiatives seek to sustain the gains made in pre-K by ensuring access to high-quality and connected educational experiences through 3rd grade. To date, there have been few investigations of what it takes for school districts to bridge pre-K and early elementary, and how schools experience these initiatives. We share findings from a study of two districts’ efforts to foster pre-K to 3 continuity and alignment in mathematics. The districts had quite different strategies for achieving this outcome. We found that the different approaches mattered in tangible and somewhat surprising ways for teachers and school leaders. We draw implications for research, policymakers, and funders.