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Early Learning Network Forum

Equitable and Effective Early Learning Opportunities: Research, Practice and Policy Considerations

For many reasons, opportunity gaps persist in education. What can be done to narrow these gaps and support equitable and effective early learning opportunities for all children? What factors can we influence through policy and practice to help children maintain early learning success?

 

Since 2016, Early Learning Network researchers from universities and organizations across the U.S. have been digging into these questions — and working to identify school and classroom factors that contribute to students’ success as they transition from prekindergarten (pre-K) to third grade.

 

We invite you to participate in the Early Learning Network Forum on Dec. 13 to hear what we’ve learned, and more importantly, engage in meaningful dialogue and provide input on next steps to help move the field forward.

 

Please do not share this website as it is intended only for invited participants.

Early Learning Network Forum

Tuesday, December 13th

Virtual

Goals

  • Engage in dialogue with early childhood researchers, practitioners and policymakers on findings from network teams regarding methods of narrowing opportunity gaps and ensuring early learning success of children, especially those from historically marginalized groups.
  • Co-create potential next steps for practitioners and policymakers associated with key findings from the network, along with new directions in early childhood research.

What to expect

The Early Learning Network Forum is a virtual working meeting.

Participants can expect:

  • Brief research presentations summarizing collective findings from the network’s diverse studies conducted with schools in Boston, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and their implications for children’s learning and development. Facilitated panel discussions will follow.
  • Interactive breakout discussions to determine how the network’s contributions to the early childhood knowledge base can be translated and applied to your work.
  • A demonstration and discussion focused on OLOS (Optimizing Learning Opportunities for Students) — a new classroom assessment tool developed by the ELN assessment team and field tested by network members.

Who’s involved?

Presenters

Presenters include representatives from the Early Learning Network’s five research teams and assessment team:

 

Facilitators

Early childhood experts will facilitate panel discussions on the research, offer their reflections and provide space for dialogue.

 

Participants

A select group of early childhood professionals from across the U.S. have been invited to participate, including:

  • Practitioners
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • Federal/state partners

COMING SOON!

Prior to the forum, a set of pre-meeting materials will be shared with all participants.

Tuesday, December 13th

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MST
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST

 

All sessions are displayed in Central Standard Time (CST).

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  | Welcome & Opening Remarks

Susan M. Sheridan, Principal Investigator, Early Learning Network Lead
Liz Albro, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences

10:00 – 11:05 a.m.  | Morning Presentations & Panel Reaction

15-min. presentation per impact area, 30-min. facilitated discussion
  • Introductions: Susan M. Sheridan
  • Impact Area: Pre-K Participation
  • Impact Area: Classroom Experiences & Learning Opportunities
  • Facilitated Panel Reaction

11:05 – 11:15 a.m.  | Break

Following the break, we will move to the Zoom meeting format. Please use the link provided.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  | Morning Breakout Session

Goal: What are next steps for research, practice and policy?

Breakout rooms:

  • Impact Area: Pre-K Participation
  • Impact Area: Classroom Experiences & Learning Opportunities

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.  | Reconvene

Participants will automatically return to the main room.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  | Lunch Break

Following the break, we will return to the Zoom webinar format. Please use the link provided.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  | Afternoon Presentations & Panel Reaction (Webinar)

15-min. presentation per impact area, 30-min. facilitated discussion
  • Impact Area: Relationships
  • Impact Area: Sustained High-Quality Experiences
  • Facilitated Panel Reaction

 

Following the afternoon presentations, we will move to the Zoom meeting format. Please use the link provided.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  | Afternoon Breakout Session

Goal: What are next steps for research, practice and policy?

Breakout rooms:

  • Impact Area: Relationships
  • Impact Area: Sustained High-Quality Experiences

2:45 – 2:50 p.m.  | Reconvene

Participants will automatically return to the main room.

2:50 – 3:00 p.m.  | Break

Following the break, we will return to the Zoom webinar format. Please use the link provided.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  | OLOS Presentation & Panel Reaction (Webinar)

30-min. presentation, 30-min. facilitated discussion
  • Facilitated Panel Reaction

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  | Closing Session (Webinar)

  • Reflection and Remarks
  • Integration of Shared Findings
  • Closing Remarks

Need help?

Please direct questions related to forum registration, meeting materials, accessibility needs or other accommodations to Sommer Fousek at sfousek2@unl.edu.

 

Zoom tips and accessibility

Prior to the forum, please remember to:

  • Check that your Zoom software is updated to the latest version.
  • Use headphones during sessions for the best audio quality.
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking to keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Select “show captions” using the CC (closed captioning) option in your meeting controls if you would like to use Zoom’s live transcription service.
    • The provided subtitles can be clicked and dragged to move their position in the meeting window.
    • English is the default language, but other languages can be selected.

 

Zoom backgrounds

Color-coded Zoom backgrounds are available to help participants recognize the sector you represent. Download the Zoom background that corresponds to your role in early childhood and set it as your virtual background during the forum:

  • Practitioner (orange)
  • Policymaker (yellow)
  • Researcher – ELN Team Member (dark blue)
  • Federal/State partner (light blue)

Funding

The Early Learning Network is supported by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences.

 

Steering Committee

Special thanks to our steering committee members for sharing their time, energy and expertise to help develop the Early Learning Network Forum.

Practitioner Representatives

Gracie Branch

Associate Executive Director for Professional Learning
National Association of Elementary Principals, Washington, DC

 

Maura Burke

Director of Early Childhood Curriculum and Grant Management
Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

 

Chelsea Feusner

Associate Professor of Educational Administration Kearney University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

Steven Hicks

Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland

 

Robyn Lightcap

Executive Director, Preschool Promise Team
Preschool Promise, Ohio

 

Vanessa Shrontz

Master Teacher
Schoenbaum Family Center, Ohio

 

Pamela Truelove-Walker

Senior Director of Early Learning and Early Education
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, Alabama

 

Policy Representatives

Richard Gonzales

Director of Interagency and Special Initiatives, Department of Health & Human Services
Administration for Children and Families, Washington DC

 

Parent/Family Representatives

Dawn Ellis

Family Liaison, Office of Communication and Outreach
Department of Education, Washington DC

 

Funder Representatives

Sara Vecchiotti

Vice President
Foundation for Child Development, New York

 

Lorena Aceves

Research Scientist II
Child Trends, Washington, DC

Institute of Education Sciences Representatives

Caroline Ebanks

Lead for Early Childhood Research, Program Officer for the Early Learning Programs and Policies portfolio and the Early Learning Network
IES, Washington DC

 

Regional Educational Laboratory Representatives

Erika Gaylor

Director of REL Appalachia and Principal Senior Researcher and Early Childhood Program Leader
SRI International

 

Nicole Patton-Terry

Director of REL Southeast; Olive & Manuel Bordas Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education; Director, Florida Center for Reading Research and Director, Regional Education Lab-Southeast
Florida State University

 

Early Learning Network Representatives

Ashley Adams

Assistant Professor of Speech Language and Director of the Language Impairment, Bilingual Reading and Observational Research (LIBRO) Laboratory
San Diego State University

 

Mary Bratsch-Hines

Senior Manager for Research and Evaluation, Lastinger Center for Learning
University of Florida

 

Lisa Knoche

Research Associate Professor in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and the Project Director of the Getting Ready Project
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 

Meghan McCormick

Senior Associate for Family Well-Being and Children’s Development
MDRC

 

Susan Sheridan

Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity in the College of Education and Human Sciences; Director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and George Holmes University Professor of School Psychology
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 

Virginia Vitiello

Research Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL),
University of Virginia