External Reports

Here are some articles and reports about AppleTree Institute’s work in providing high-quality early childhood education:

A Foundation of Learning. Parrilla, Natasha; Trygstad, Kelly. The Learning Professional (August 2017).
This article in Learning Forward’s “The Learning Professional” is about how AppleTree Institute’s professional development component of its instructional model Every Child Ready helps instructional leaders close the achievement gap for preschool and pre-kindergarten students.

VPP Case Study on AppleTree: Sowing Seeds for Growth in Access to Quality Early Childhood. Venture Philanthropy Partners (July 2017).
Venture Philanthropy Partners produced this case study about AppleTree at the conclusion of their three-year $3.2 million investment.

Lessons from the Field: Profiles of Quality Early Childhood Education Programs and Implications for Connecticut. Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (April 2017)
The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) released this report about high-quality early childhood education programs throughout the United States and includes a case study about AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School.

Every Child Ready: Exposure to a Comprehensive Instructional Model Improves Students’ Growth Trajectories in Multiple Early Learning Domains (March 2017)

This paper examines the association of the Every Child Ready (ECR) instructional model with students’ academic outcomes. Results indicate that students in classrooms using the ECR instructional model experienced greater growth from fall to spring in early math, language and literacy, letter identification, and name writing performance than students in non-ECR classrooms. These additional gains resulted in one to two months of additional growth for ECR students.

Equitable Education for All: Using a Comprehensive Instructional Model to Improve Preschool Teacher Practices (March 2017)
This paper examines performance on the CLASS observational tool for teachers in Every Child Ready (ECR) and non­-ECR classrooms. Results indicate that teachers in classrooms implementing the full ECR instructional model had significantly higher observed instructional support than teachers in non­-ECR classrooms. This difference was substantial, and the two groups differed in all three dimensions of the CLASS Instructional Support domain: Concept Development, Quality of Feedback, and Language Modeling. This suggests that use of the ECR model helps teachers improve their practice in multiple areas of instructional support.

The Charter Model Goes to Preschool. LiBetti Mitchel, Ashley; Mead, Sara. EducationNext. (Winter 2017)
This article includes AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School as one of several innovative charter school programs for preschoolers across the United States.

Partnering With Charters, AppleTree Plants Seeds for New Approach to Early Childhood Ed. Whitmire, Richard. The 74. (December 19, 2016)
Whitmire writes in this article that AppleTree treats early childhood education like rocket science. By partnering with elementary public charter schools like Rocketship Rise, AppleTree gives students a strong foundation that prepares them for kindergarten and enables the elementary school teachers to build upon their students’ success.

2016 High Impact Giving Guide. University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. (November 2016)
The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy featured AppleTree Institute as one of 11 organizations in its 2016 High Impact Giving Guide designed to help donors make a bigger difference with their philanthropic dollars.

Some Assembly Required: Piecing Together the Preparation Preschool Teachers Need. Put