June 2015

The Power of a Good Idea: How the San Francisco School District is Building a PreK-3rd Grade Bridge

In response to a growing achievement gap among its low-income students and students of color, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has invested time and resources to build a bridge between PreK and third grade. In particular, SFUSD undertook several critical district central office reforms including elevating district early childhood administrative leadership to the cabinet level and bringing PreK under the authority of school principals. This report describes the successes and struggles that the district faced while developing its PreK-3rd grade approach and shares lessons learned throughout the implementation process.  

Author(s): Paul Nyhan Organization: New America
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