Capital Times reports on MEP brief highlighting need for better communication between 4K/5K teachers

The Capital Times newspaper reported on a new research brief from the Madison Education Partnership (MEP) that highlights a need for better communication between 4-year-old kindergarten teachers and their 5-year-old kindergarten counterparts in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) to improve student outcomes.

The Madison Education Partnership is housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Beth Graue

UW–Madison’s Beth Graue, a co-author on the report, shared her thoughts with the newspaper. Graue is the Sorenson Professor of Early Childhood Education with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the director of the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE).

Graue said that “4K and 5K still tend to operate in parallel lanes.”

“We aren’t taking advantage of the deep knowledge that could be shared across 4K and 5K, so people aren’t learning how to best support kids and families,” Graue said. “That doesn’t mean that great things aren’t happening, it means that I think we need to be more intentional in the way we set up equal opportunities for sharing information.”

Read the full article at to learn more about the report’s recommendations on how 4K and 5K teachers could work together to improve students’ transition to kindergarten.