P-3 Approaches


Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Since 2005, FirstSchool has been designing and implementing a PreK-3rd grade approach aimed at improving the school experiences of underserved populations. Their work helps teachers, administrators, district personnel, and state agencies: address equity by questioning practices that impact children of color and those who come from less advantaged homes; focus on research-based instructional practices designed to foster classroom cultures of caring, competence, and excellence; use new lenses through which to view and improve their practice; develop a culture of collaborative inquiry and a mindset of continuous improvement; and arm themselves with research and data to advocate for effective practice for their students.