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March 2013

PreK-3rd’s Lasting Architecture: Successfully Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Union City, New Jersey

With a strong focus on PreK-3rd grade, Union City Public Schools overcame the crippling effects of poverty and prejudice to close the achievement gap between its low-income Hispanic students and their wealthier peers across New Jersey. The district overhauled its curricula to emphasize critical thinking and reasoning, extended classtime, and increased teacher training. The district also bridged the all-too-common divide between home and school, particularly for young Dual Language Learners (DLLs).
Author(s): Geoff Marietta, Sky Marietta Organization: Foundation for Child Development
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