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April 2012 E-News


Thank You for Making ACEI's Global Summit on Childhood a Success

ACEI is extremely pleased to announce that the first established Global Summit on Childhood was well-received and well-attended. Delegates from over 70 nations were present and a variety of issues and concerns about childhood were considered. We appreciate the thought-provoking and stimulating sessions from individuals, organizations, and universities from various nations.

For more information, read the post-conference news release pdf here.


The Launch of The Decade for Childhood - 2012-2022
On March 30th, as part of the Global Summit on Childhood, ACEI and the Alliance for Childhood launched the Decade for Childhood. The Decade is a multi-year initiative to examine the changes occurring in childhood and find ways to address them. We were honored to have Dr. Lea Pulkkinen from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, as the guest speaker for the Decade launch. Dr. Pulkkinen's research has examined issues associated with children's socioemotional development and health, exploring social innovations and applications of research findings to child rearing. 

Alongside the Decade launch, ACEI announced a program called Ambassadors for Childhood. The Ambassadors program will serve as a centerpiece of the Decade for Childhood initiative. An inaugural cohort of Ambassadors will be selected soon. Ambassadors will advocate for childhood in various ways in their local communities and on the national and international levels.

Learn more and find out how to join us in the Decade for Childhood.

Announcing ACEI's Conference Schedule
In the spring of 2013, ACEI will present a second Institute for International Education Diplomacy. We hope that you will engage with us in this event, and we look forward to your participation in this exciting new ACEI program. Please be on the lookout for a call for proposals to be released this summer. In 2014, a second Global Summit on Childhood will be presented.

Read more about the conference schedule pdf here .

New Executive Board Members
ACEI is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 ACEI Executive Board election. Congratulations to the new members of the board.

Carrie Whaley has been elected to the position of President-Elect. Whaley is Professor of Education at Union University, in Jackson, TN, USA. Her one-year term as President-Elect began at the conclusion of ACEI's 2012 Global Summit on Childhood in Washington, D.C., March 28-31, after which she will serve a two-year term as President. A 20-year member of ACEI, Whaley brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the board.

Loren Weybright has been elected to the position of Member-at-Large. He will serve a three-year term, from 2012 through 2015. Weybright is an International Education Mentor and Consultant, currently working with Tara Education, New York, USA, and Nepal, and Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education Department of the Metropolitan College of New York, USA (retired). Weybright has trained early childhood and elementary teachers in high-need urban centers in the New York Metropolitan Region for 30 years, and in Kathmandu, Nepal, Singapore, and Costa Rica.

Debra H. Woods has been elected to the position of Emerging Educators Representative. Woods, a doctoral candidate at Boston University, in Boston, MA, USA, will serve a two-year term, from 2012 through 2014. Woods is an educator, advocate, leader, and a skilled professional highly qualified to represent ACEI's emerging educators. She has extensive experience working in various educational sectors and nonprofit organizations, as well as experience as a researcher and an international volunteer.

ACEI's Distinguished Education Research Article Winner
Each year, an article from a volume of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education is selected by the members of the JRCE Editorial Advisory Board as an illustration of superior research and excellent writing on a topic of high import for the field.

"The Influence of Classroom Blogging on Elementary Student Writing," by Ewa McGrail and Anne Davis, Georgia State University, Athens. (Volume 25, No. 4)

Five articles earned an honorable mention:

"Effects of Quality Improvement System on Child Care Centers," by Xin Ma and Jianping Shen (Volume 25, No. 4)

"Children's Perceptions of Interethnic and Interracial Friendships in a Multiethnic School Context," by Cinzia Pica-Smith (Volume 25, No. 2)

"Healthy & Ready to Learn: Examining the Efficacy of an Early Approach to Obesity Prevention and School Readiness," by Suzanne Winter and Daniel A. Sass (Volume 25, No. 3)

"'I Smile With My Mind': Reconceptualizing Artistic Practice in Early Childhood," by Dana Frantz Bentle (Volume 25, No. 2)

"Multimodal Literacy Narratives: Weaving the Threads of Young Children's Identity Through the Arts," by Marni Binder and Sally Kotsopoulos (Volume 25, No. 4)

2012 ACEI Award Winners

Student Leadership Award Winners:

  • Elizabeth Alberts, Illinois State University, IL, USA
  • Giselle Ramirez, Southern Adventist University, TN, USA

Student Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Amber Haslag, Westminster College, MO, USA
  • Kassahun Tigistu Weldemariam, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway, originally from Ethiopia

Professional Achievement - Patty Smith Hill Award:

  • Karen Liu, Indiana State University, IN, USA

Adviser of the Year:

  • Cynthia Hutchinson, University of Central Florida-Orlando, FL, USA

Outstanding Member:

  • Belinda Karge, California State University- Fullerton, CA, USA

Mini-Grant Winners:

  • Georgianna Duarte, University of Texas at Brownsville, TX, USA
  • Audrey Pabs-Garnon, American Institute of Physics, MD, USA
  • Jessica Essary, Ph.D. student, State University at New York-Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Cathy Meredith, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Memphis, TN, USA
  • Sharryn Larsen Walker, Assistant Professor, Central Washington University, WA, USA


UNICEF's State of the World's Children 2012
Over half of the world's people--including more than a billion children--currently live in cities and towns. This report adds to the growing body of evidence and analysis, from UNICEF and its partners, that scarcity and dispossession afflict the poorest and most marginalized children and families disproportionately. By 2050, 70 percent of all people will live in urban areas. Read the report here.

Healthier Students Are Better Learners
Recent research in fields ranging from neurosciences and child development to epidemiology and public health provides evidence for the causal role that health disparities play in the educational achievement gap that affects urban minority youth. The author concludes that reducing health disparities is a crucial component of school reform. Read the essay pdf here .


Global Action Week - April 22-28, 2012
Global Action Week is an annual week of action that calls attention to the urgent need to invest in the future of the millions of out-of-school children around the world. Global Action Week activities take place in more than 100 countries as part of a coordinated effort by the Global Campaign for Education. The theme for 2012 is Rights from the Start! Early Childhood Care and Education Now!

Over 200 million children under the age of five in low-and middle-income countries will not attain their development potential due to poverty, nutritional deficiencies, and inadequate care and learning opportunities.

During Global Action Week 2012, the Global Campaign for Education-US will address policy makers, the media, and community members to build support for U.S. leadership on achieving access to early childhood education, which can help the world's most vulnerable children make the most of their educational opportunities when they enter school. Learn more on how to participate in Global Action Week here.

Screen-Free Week - April 30-May 6
Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative way to improve children's well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices.

It's a time for children to play outside, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time having fun with family and friends. Get your free Screen-Free Week Organizer's Kit, which includes everything you need to plan a fun-filled week, from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

Preschoolers, on average, spend a staggering 32 hours a week on screen time, and the amount of time is even higher for older children. Join pediatricians, educators, and concerned parents in this effort to reduce screen-time for children.


Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

Primary Sources 2012: America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession
Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released the latest Primary Sources study, asking more than 10,000 teachers across the country about the state of their schools, their classrooms, and their profession. The goal of the survey is to ensure that the voice of teachers is at the center of the dialogue surrounding education. This report is for educators, policymakers, education stakeholders, and families. Read the survey here.

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy
This survey examines the teaching profession and parent-school engagement during the prolonged economic downturn. The survey explores how teachers, parents, and schools are working together to promote student learning and healthy development in the context of reduced budgets, reallocation of resources, and continued attention to improving teaching and learning. The findings show that teachers are less satisfied with their careers; teacher satisfaction has decreased by 15 points in the last two years. In addition, the percentage of teachers who state that they may leave the profession and the percentage of teachers who are insecure about their jobs have both risen. The good news is that parent involvement is increasing. To read the survey, please click pdf here .


The Humane Society Education Mini-Grants
Applications are judged according to a rubric that emphasizes humane education components, innovation, clarity of objectives and standards-based work, possible service-learning components, replication feasibility, evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. All applicants must be certified U.S. K-12 teachers. The maximum award is $1,000. The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2012. For more information, please go to the website of the Humane Society.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants
The maximum award is $2,000. Applications are due by April 30, 2012. Click here for instructions on applying.


Journal of Research in Childhood Education
The Journal of Research in Childhood Education, a publication of the Association for Childhood Education International, features articles that advance knowledge and theory of the education of children, infancy through early adolescence. Consideration is given to reports of empirical research, theoretical articles, ethnographic and case studies, participant observation studies, and studies deriving data collected from naturalistic settings. The journal includes cross-cultural studies and those addressing international concerns.

Important to the purpose of this journal is interest in research designs that are integral to the research questions posed, as well as research designs endorsed by the scientific community. Further, the Journal seeks to stimulate the exchange of research ideas by publication of small-scale studies carried out in a variety of settings (homes, centers, classrooms, hospitals, and other community environments), and whose results are reported where appropriate with the inclusion of effect size information.

Subscribe here.