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Friday, August 20, 2010

3:15 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Starting Strong by Building Effective PreK to Grade 3 Systems (session #345)
This special session — supported by Pre-K Now, a campaign of the Pew Center on the States — will address how states and districts can build college and workforce readiness by enacting policies that strengthen teaching and learning in preschool and the early grades. Session highlights include:

  • Keynote address from Jerry Weast (featured in the new book, Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools, by Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle and David A. Thomas)
  • Pre-K policy experts from the Pew Center on the States share best practices
  • Facilitated group discussion: Making PK-3 a Reality in My State.


David S. Beard, Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Allison de la Torre, The PEW Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts

Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Maryland


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