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ERIC Number: ED542858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
The Power of PreK-3rd: How a Small Foundation Helped Push Washington State to the Forefront of the PreK-3rd Movement. FCD Case Study
Nyhan, Paul
Foundation for Child Development
The New School Foundation was not born from a commission, legislative mandate, research project, think tank, or even the mind of a leading education scholar. One of Washington state's pioneering PreK-3rd initiatives began as the brainchild of a wealthy Seattle businessman, Stuart Sloan, 20 years ago. The New School Foundation and its ideas were far from an overnight success. Initially, community members resisted the Foundation's program. Its unprecedented partnership with the Seattle Public Schools strained and still strains at times. Change and success took far longer than many hoped. Ultimately, however, the Foundation succeeded. Student test scores rose, communities and families became engaged, and the idea of a more integrated PreK-3rd continuum spread. These struggles and successes hold lessons for foundations considering the next generation of investments that could expand this work around the country. One of the central lessons is that the New School Foundation succeeded because it never gave up. The Foundation spent two decades in an arena--public elementary education reform--where change often moves at a glacial pace, and foundations typically commit no more than a few years to a strategy. The New School Foundation learned, sometimes painfully, that it can take many years to make measurable change, even with substantial private investment. In fact, Sloan and his team spent six years opening their first school at T.T. Minor. Appended are: (1) The Foundation of PreK-3rd; and (2) Funding: Per Student Costs. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development
Identifiers - Location: Washington