Smart Education Systems


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Addressing persistent achievement gaps and developing sustainable education reform at scale requires the commitment, efforts, and investment of an entire community. In a “smart education system,” districts and communities work together to provide a comprehensive web of opportunities and supports to young people in and out of school. 

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With widespread support for the expansion of early education programs, there is an increased need for collaboration across systems to support the critical transition from pre-K to elementary school in order to ensure positive educational outcomes for all.

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