Access to a high-quality K-12 education is critical for the optimal growth and development of every child. Children who attend excellent schools benefit from a range of opportunities designed to develop their intellectual abilities and social skills. The benefits are long-lasting, as educational achievement is linked to higher lifetime earnings and better health. However, there remains a stubborn achievement gap in America's schools due to disparities in funding and teacher training. FPG's work in K-12 education aims to provide educators, public officials, and parents with the resources and tools needed to ensure that a high-quality education is accessible to students from all backgrounds and at all grade levels.
Researchers at FPG are evaluating the effectiveness of Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI), a professional development program designed to help teachers in kindergarten and first grade use a diagnostic reading instruction approach to implement individualized instruction for children who are struggling with learning how to read.
Advanced research scientist Mary Bratsch-Hines, PhD, studies language and literacy development, professional development for pre-K and elementary teachers, effective classroom practices, child care quality, normative outcomes for children of color, and rural families and schools. She is co-principal investigator for Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI), a web-based coaching program for early elementary teachers.
"Seven Students, One Voice: See Us, Understand Us, Teach Us, Challenge Us" is a powerful compilation of the first-person accounts of seven high school students who eloquently share what it's like to be a gifted student of color and, in many cases, low-income as well. Their journeys are composed of determination, hard work, and sheer luck.