Issues in PreK-3rd Education: A FirstSchool Framework for Curriculum and Instruction

January 1, 2009


Rebecca New, Sharon Palsha, Sharon Ritchie

The aim of the FirstSchool curriculum framework is to ensure an effective, essential, and ethical curriculum for all children in PreK-3rd grade. This framework calls for instruction that responds to children's curiosities and respects their lives both inside and out of the classroom; attends carefully to the tentative balance between a rigorous and challenging curriculum, and one that has personal relevance; involves families in children's learning; and utilizes relationships among adults and children to support projects of inquiry.

APA Citation: 

New, R., Palsha, S. & Ritchie, S. (2009). Issues in PreK-3rd education: A FirstSchool framework for curriculum and instruction. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute, FirstSchool.


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