PreK-3rd's Lasting Architecture: Successfully Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Union City, New Jersey

March 1, 2013


Geoff and Sky Marietta

With a strong focus on PreK-3rd grade, Union City Public Schools overcame the crippling effects of poverty and prejudice to close the achievement gap between its low-income Hispanic students and their wealthier peers across New Jersey. The district overhauled its curricula to emphasize critical thinking and reasoning, extended classtime, and increased teacher training. The district also bridged the all-too-common divide between home and school, particularly for young Dual Language Learners (DLLs).

APA Citation: 

Marietta, G. & Marietta, S. (2013). Pre-K-3rd's lasting architecture: Successfully serving linguistically and culturally diverse students in Union City, New Jersey. New York: Foundation for Child Development.


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