FirstSchool Briefs: What is FirstSchool?

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FirstSchool is a PreK-3rd grade initiative to promote public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population of children entering school.   Our framework for school improvement addresses schools’ ongoing struggles to produce equitable outcomes for African American, Latino and low-income students, the increased presence of pre-kindergartens within public schools, and the challenge of sustaining high instructional quality in every early childhood and elementary classroom.

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Sharon Ritchie, FPG Senior Scientist and FirstSchool Co-Director