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Incorporating Early Learning Strategies in the School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program: How Three Schools Integrated Early Childhood Strategies Into School Turnaround Efforts to Improve Instruction for All Students

By Lori Connors-Tadros, Lenay Dunn, Jana Martella, Carlas McCauley


A significant body of research shows that achievement gaps in persistently low-performing schools manifest, in many instances, prior to children entering kindergarten. High-quality preschool programs have proven to help close these gaps both for individual student subgroups in a school and for the school as a whole.

This resource focuses on case studies of three schools that have used School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds, with the support of their districts, to implement early learning strategies as part of their turnaround models.

The practices described in this publication are from elementary schools in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Nebraska. Data were gathered through school data reviews and interviews with school, district, and state leaders from both early learning and school improvement offices.

This resource was produced by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

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Copyright: 2015
Format: PDF
Pages: 28
Publisher: National Institute for Early Education Research