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December 2011 E-news

LEAD STORY
ACEI's Partners for the Global Summit on Childhood

Register for the summit and plan to meet with individuals from the following organizations:

  • Alliance for Childhood
  • Rutgers University Center for Children and Childhood Studies
  • Gesell Institute of Childhood Development
  • Division for Early Childhood

Register for the Global Summit on Childhood at ACEI's conference registration page.

ACEI NEWS AND INFORMATION

The 2011 Fall Focus Quarterlies
Read the latest releases of Focus on Infants & Toddlers, Focus on Pre-K & K, Focus on Elementary, Focus on Middle School, Focus on Teacher Education, and Focus on Inclusive Education on the ACEI website. Go here to read the issues.

New Global Education Grant Resource
The Association for Childhood Education International has partnered with GrantStation to provide ACEI members with timely information about potential funding sources for education related programs or projects. Every other month, ACEI will deliver the Education Grant Express, an e-newsletter with information about education grant opportunities from around the world. Each grant description is linked to the grant provider's site for easy access to more information about the funder and the application process.

ACEI Website Redesigned
We hope you find our website informative, inspirational, and interactive. The site offers access to ACEI information, global education resources, helpful links, and opportunities to comment about issues of note to the education field. Visit us at http://www.acei.org/.

The Decade for Childhood - 2012-2022
The understanding of child development grew tremendously during the 20th century. Today, however, we feel a growing unease about the state of childhood. Too often, nations have been unable to translate new knowledge into actions that promote children's health and well-being. Rapid cultural and technological changes combine with age-old problems of poverty, neglect, and abuse to thwart the healthy development of huge numbers of children.
Current conditions pose a threat to childhood, and the need to address them is urgent.

Diane Whitehead, ACEI Executive Director, and Joan Almon, Executive Director of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, are the initiators of the project.

Read more about the Decade for Childhood and join us in this endeavor.

NEWS AND INFORMATION—U.S.

New Center Recognizes Educators as Agents of Change
The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) provides a structure for educator teams and schools engaged in innovative practices to share and learn from one another through exchanges centered on development of locally viable plans for inspiring student achievement.

NCLE will provide cases from schools participating in innovative practices, expert commentary, research, and insight through their free Literacy in Learning Exchange website. The Literacy in Learning Exchange is a project of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ball Foundation. Learn more about the National Center for Literacy Education here.

Shortage of Hispanic Teachers
The Center for American Progress recently reported that almost every state has reported a severe shortage of Hispanic teachers. In the struggle to close this gap, the stakes are high. Research from the Education Resources Information Center suggests that a more diverse faculty might lead to better attendance, fewer suspensions, and higher test scores. Read the full article from the Washington Post here.

Is Children's Play Being Sneakily Redefined?
Alfie Kohn speaks eloquently on the value of play itself. He states, "The typical American kindergarten now resembles a really bad first-grade classroom. Even preschool teachers are told to sacrifice opportunities for imaginative play in favor of drilling young children until they master a defined set of skills." Read the full posting here.

ACEI NEWS AND INFORMATION—INTERNATIONAL

UNICEF and Save the Children: New Report
The report, Progress in Child Well-Being: Building on What Works, shows that much progress has been made in reducing child mortality rates and increasing education opportunities for children. Read the full press release here to access the report.

Global Partnership for Education Funding
The Global Partnership on Education is the world's main source of multilateral aid for basic education. Currently housed in the World Bank, but governed through a wider partnership of U.N. agencies, donors, developing country governments, and representatives of civil society, it provides grants to countries to support quality universal primary education. Financial commitments made in Copenhagen will set the budget for the next three years. Read more here.

UNESCO Launches New Anti-Bullying Initiative
Studies has shown that LGBT students are vulnerable to high rates of hate crimes, discrimination, and violence, based on their sexual orientation. As a result of the discrimination they face at school, such students are more likely to drop out of school, engage in behaviors that pose a risk, or commit suicide. This consultation will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in December. Read more here.

NEWS AND INFORMATION—PALESTINE

New Environmentally Friendly Schools Planned
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is partnering with an award-winning architect to construct the new schools. One new green school will provide educational facilities for up to 800 students. Read more here.

RESOURCES

Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

The World Development Report: Gender Equality and Development
Although girls and women have made great gains in some aspects of gender equality, gaps still remain in key dimensions of gender equality and their impact on development as addressed in the 2012 World Development Report. Gender Equality and Development focuses on four main areas of needed improvement, including closing education gaps, increasing women's economic opportunities, increasing women's voice in society, and limiting the cycle of gender inequality for future generations. There is a need in international community efforts to bring positive actions towards the four priority areas. Read the report here.

Child Development Series from the Lancet Journal
New research reveals that increasing investment in early childhood development programs is a highly cost-effective strategy that could provide considerable returns, with the potential to promote long-term growth and significantly reduce inequalities in low and middle income countries. In 2007, The Lancet reported that more than 200 million children under 5 years were failing to meet their full developmental potential because of preventable risks including poverty, malnutrition, and inadequate levels of intellectual stimulation. These problems contribute to a cycle of low educational attainment and poor health and poverty in later life. Read the Executive Summary pdf here .

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY

Human Rights Day, December 10
The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December each year as Human Rights Day.

For more information on Human Rights Day, please visit the United Nations Human Rights page here.

Global Aid to Education Policy Paper
These results, although encouraging, provide justification to strengthen the aid effectiveness agenda to ensure resources are provided to those most in need and build recipient governments' capacity to improve the lives of their people. The paper, pdf Beyond Busan: Strengthening Aid to Improve Education Outcomes , outlines trends and challenges in education aid. In particular, the share of aid allocated to education has remained static at 12 percent over the last decade, 40 percent of which goes to basic education. Despite progress toward Education for All (EFA) targets and the Millennium Development Goals, funding to achieve education goals by 2015 remains far too low.

The policy paper was released ahead of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness meeting in Busan, Korea, which took place 29 November to 1 December 2011.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

The Nation's Report Card 2011
The mathematics and reading assessment was administered by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education to a nationally representative sample of 4th-graders and 8th-graders. To read specific details about the report and its results, please go to the Nation's Report Card website.

AWARDS AND GRANTS—U.S.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding kindergarten through 6th grade or 7th through 12th grade mathematics and science teachers by awarding them with the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Eligibility: Math or science teachers in private or public U.S. schools for at least five years as a full-time employee. Maximum award: $10,000. Deadline: May 1, 2012. To learn more or obtain an application, visit the PAEMST website.

The John Marshall Foundation Teacher Award
Any public or private middle school classroom teacher (in Virginia only) who has been teaching for a minimum of five years is eligible for the award. Each winner will be selected on the basis of his or her demonstrated knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Maximum prize is $2,500. Deadline to submit: March 23, 2012. To learn more, visit the John Marshall Foundation website.

FEATURED PUBLICATION

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.

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