Publication Date: November 29, 2013
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
FirstSchool is a groundbreaking framework for teaching minority and low-income children. This work discusses the research and practice to date that defines FirstSchool as a critical approach to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Changing the conversation from improving test scores to improving school experiences, it features lessons learned from eight elementary schools whose leadership and staff implemented sustainable changes in their classrooms and schools. The authors detail how to use education research and data to provide a rationale for change; how to promote professional learning that is genuinely collaborative and respectful; and how to employ developmentally appropriate teaching strategies that focus on the needs of minority and low-income children.
Contributors: Cindy Bagwell, Richard M. Clifford, Carolyn T. Cobb, Gisele M. Crawford, Diane M. Early, Sandra C. García, Cristina Gillanders, Adam L. Holland, Iheoma U. Iruka, Jenille Morgan, Sam Oertwig
Sharon Ritchie is the director of FirstSchool at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura Gutmann is a research assistant for the FirstSchool project with experience in nonprofit management and early childhood education.
“A terrific book . . . should be on the agenda of every school board meeting.”
—Robert Pianta, University of Virginia
“As a nation we cannot continue to tolerate failure when examples such as FirstSchool suggest a proven way forward.”
—From the Foreword by Aisha Ray, Erikson Institute