Strategies for success
In addition to helping align specific educational components from birth through 3rd grade, district leaders also need a strategy for creating a comprehensive and coordinated system. These are the areas that districts need to focus on to support children’s development and sustain greater outcomes:
Birth-through-3rd grade alignment requires vision, bold leadership, and strong commitment from a variety of stakeholders. Its success depends on implementing a coordinated system of policies and practices.
Young children need supportive relationships and developmentally-appropriate environments. The quality of their experience is driven by the teacher-child interaction and effective use of curriculum.
Great teachers make a difference when it comes to achieving outcomes. Principals and school leaders serve as critical drivers in developing and supporting great teachers, and they are at the core of school and system-wide improvement.
From kindergarten readiness to 3rd grade reading scores, schools are using data to help them better meet the needs of students and achieve district goals. But effectively using data can be challenging, given the array of systems and metrics in place.
Districts must engage families in a sustained and meaningful way to navigate challenges and support student achievement. Communities are also key partners in ensuring success for all children and families.
In many districts, diverse experiences and backgrounds shape the children as students and learners. So districts must be prepared to serve children with disabilities, dual-language learners and homeless children.