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Align the worlds of pre-K and K–12 education

Challenging policymakers, educators, reformers, and citizens to replace piecemeal reforms with fundamental redesign, First Things First! calls for a different way of organizing the American primary school. Ruby Takanishi outlines a new framework for integrating early education with primary education (PreK-5), including both short- and long-term strategies, that starts with 3- and 4-year-olds. Featuring portraits of primary schools that have successfully integrated PreK, the book includes resources on dual-language learners, dual-generation family engagement, effective philanthropy, rethinking advocacy, and more. The book centers on four basic questions:
  • Why should the United States design a new primary school as children's first, widely shared educational experience?
  • How can the educators of the new primary school use new knowledge about how children learn to improve their practice?
  • What will it take to create a new primary school that educates all children well?
  • How can the design of the new primary school reflect demographic, social, linguistic, and cultural changes and adapt to the requirements of a global economy?

First Things First! reframes the basic structure of traditional primary education, challenging us to get the early years of a 21st-century public education system off to a new and stronger start.

208 pages

About Ruby Takanishi

Ruby Takanishi is senior research fellow in the Early & Elementary Education Policy division at New America in Washington, D.C. She has been honored by the American Education Research Association more..