Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools

December 1, 2010


Geoff Marietta

The efforts to reform the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, led by then-Superintendent Jerry Weast, produced five key lessons for PreK-3rd grade practitioners: (1) establish a clear and compelling district-wide goal that maps back to early learning; (2) craft integrated district-wide early-learning strategies to meet the clear and compelling goal; (3) align early-learning programs and services with the integrated K-12 strategies; (4) balance teacher support and accountability to ensure effective and consistent implementation; and (5) innovate and monitor these reforms for continuous improvement.

APA Citation: 

Marietta, G (2010). Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools. New York: Foundation for Child Development.


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