Cross-Sector Work

Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools

The efforts to reform the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, led by then-Superintendent Jerry Weast, produced five key lessons for PreK-3rd grade practitioners: (1) establish a clear and compelling district-wide goal that maps back to early learning; (2) craft integrated district-wide early-learning strategies to meet the clear and compelling goal; (3) align early-learning programs and …

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Working Together to Build a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education: Forming a Partnership Between the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and the Ounce of Prevention Fund

In 2009, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) formed a partnership whose goal is to effect change in public education by creating a demonstration model of birth-to-grade 12 education that prepares students for success in college and life. The partnership’s model follows students as they …

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Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Across the nation, local and state K-12 leaders are finding that collaborating with community-based providers (e.g. Head Start programs, child care centers, faith-based organizations) can help them develop and implement high-quality PreK programs that meet the needs of young children in a comprehensive way. This report provides lessons learned on the ground about how to …

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