Dr. Caroline Ebanks
In FY 2016, the Institute initiated a new grant program, Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice, to focus resources and attention on education problems or issues that are high priority for the nation, and to create both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Each Network consists of several research teams working on the same issue, and is coordinated by a Network Lead. The ultimate objective of the Networks it to advance the field’s understanding of a problem or issue beyond what an individual research project or team is able to do on its own, and to assist policymakers and practitioners in using this information to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes.
The Supporting Early Learning From Preschool Through Early Elementary School Grades Network (Early Learning Network) will examine why many children—especially children from low-income households or other disadvantaged backgrounds—experience academic and social difficulties as they begin elementary school. Network members will focus on identifying malleable factors (such as state and local policies, instructional practices, parental support, and others) that are associated with early learning and achievement from preschool through the early elementary school grades. The Network’s ultimate objective is to advance the field’s understanding and implementation of policies and programs that support early learning and ongoing academic success.
The Early Learning Network includes five Research Teams, an Assessment team, and a Network Lead. Their roles are as follows:
The Network Lead, Research Teams, and Assessment team will meet regularly to discuss research plans and progress and to identify ways that they can strengthen their collective work by collaborating on data collection tools, common measures, dissemination of study findings, and other activities.
The Institute is not accepting new applications for the Early Learning Network.