As part of the nationwide Early Learning Network, Learning Frontiers researchers are partnering with Nebraska schools to improve student outcomes and strengthen student-teacher relationships using OLOS, a user-friendly observational tool.
OLOS in Nebraska has powerful potential to help teachers personalize instruction to meet children’s unique learning needs as they transition from preschool to third grade — particularly in the state’s small, rural and parochial schools and districts.
Optimizing Learning Opportunities for Student Observation System, or OLOS, was developed by the Early Learning Network’s assessment team at the University of California, Irvine. The tool is being piloted and tested in the network’s nationwide studies, including Learning Frontiers in Nebraska.
OLOS is a web-based observational tool designed to help preschool through third grade teachers understand more about what’s happening in their classrooms and how to best meet children’s learning needs.
OLOS provides real-time feedback on children’s academic progress and teachers’ instructional practices. It also collects data on structural features, classroom processes and instruction quality.
Together with A2i (Assessment to Instruction), OLOS offers individualized instructional guidance to improve children’s language, literacy, math and self-regulation skills.
Children learn differently. Each student brings a distinct set of skills, languages, perspectives to school and may experience different learning opportunities — even within same classroom. A one-size-fits-all approach to instruction may put some students at a disadvantage.
OLOS advances our understanding of how to personalize instruction to meet each child’s specific needs and to identify broader strategies for promoting learning in diverse early childhood settings.
This tool has potential to help ensure Nebraska’s children meet grade-level expectations, particularly among small, rural and parochial schools and districts.
Preliminary findings suggest:
Analysis provided by the UC-Irvine assessment team. Learn more about OLOS
"OLOS is an invaluable tool to support teachers' view of their own classroom practices at the level of each individual student. Not only can teachers see what opportunities are being offered by the instruction, they can also see what each student is doing with those opportunities. This allows for reflection and planning that better personalizes instruction for each student according to different needs and goals."
"I just recently received my feedback from the visit in the fall. The information was very interesting. I am looking forward to getting feedback from the next two observations."
Nebraska City, NE
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