Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Early Reading First

Muskie School staff, collaboratoring with Portland Public Schools, Head Start (PROP), St. Elizabeth's Child Development Center, and Preble Learning Center, created preschool centers of excellence by providing intensive professional development in early literacy to teachers of children at risk for reading failure. Part of "Good Start, Grow Smart," the preschool component of "No Child Left Behind," the project used an in-classroom coaching model to ensure the implementation of a scientifically-based early literacy curriculum. Every week early literacy coaches in the classroom modeled and provided feedback to teachers implementing this curriculum.