|Title:||Early Learning Network Lead|
|Principal Investigator:||Sheridan, Susan||Awardee:||University of Nebraska, Lincoln|
|Program:||Supporting Early Learning From Preschool Through Early Elementary School Grades Network [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||5 years (6/1/2016-5/31/2021)||Award Amount:||$1,999,987|
|Type:||Other Goal||Award Number:||R305N160015|
Co-Principal Investigators: Lisa Knoche (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Description: A Research Network involves several teams of researchers who are working together to address a critical education problem or issue. The objective is to build new knowledge, encourage information sharing, and assist policymakers and practitioners to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes. Members of the Early Learning Network will identify malleable factors that support early learning from preschool through early elementary school grades. They will also develop a classroom observation tool that practitioners can use to assess aspects of classroom quality that are associated with positive academic and social-behavioral outcomes in preschool and early elementary school. The Network includes five Research Teams, an Assessment team, and a Network Lead.
Purpose: The Early Learning Network Lead will provide the programmatic leadership, technical knowledge, and administrative structure needed to ensure the Early Learning Network runs smoothly and accomplishes its goals and objectives. The Network Lead will encourage collaborative efforts across the Research and Assessment Teams and support the dissemination of Network findings and products to practitioners and policymakers. The Network Lead will also provide technical assistance to recipients of Preschool Development Grants (PDG) and offer professional development and research training to postdoctoral research associates and graduate students.
Network Leadership Activities: The leadership activities of the Early Learning Network Lead constitute six primary functions:
In addition to these six core functions, the Network Lead will provide opportunities for participation and leadership by early career scholars, including post-doctoral investigators and graduate students, to help develop long-term research capacity in the field.
Products: The Network Lead will engage in ongoing dissemination activities with other members of the Network to develop products that explain factors that support children's early learning and achievement and inform policy and practice. Products will include the Network website, research papers, and presentations for a range of stakeholders.
Research Teams: There are five research teams as part of the Early Learning Network and one assessment team. Those research teams are:
Assessment Team: Optimizing Learning Opportunities for Students' (OLOS) Early Learning Observation System (PI: Carol Connor, R305N160013). The purpose of this project is to develop an observation tool can be used reliably by practitioners in prekindergarten through third grade (P-3) classrooms to assess instruction, teacher-child interactions, and classroom learning environment. It will build on three existing, integrated, well-validated, and reliable measures and use technology to make it easy to use by practitioners.