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January 2012 E-News

LEAD STORY

ACEI Announces 2012 Keynote Speaker

Ms. Hindal leads the work of the Children's Society on issues of childhood and child well-being, and oversees the society's work in areas of policy, research, communications, and marketing. Read more about Elaine Hindal here.

ACEI will be partnering with 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

Childhood Education Issue To Arrive Soon
The January-February 2012 issue will be the first issue on our new production schedule with the Taylor and Francis Group. The issue was mailed out in early January.

ACEI's Winter 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.

Student Make-n-Take Proposal Deadline Extended
Students—please fill out the Make-n-Take proposal pdf form and email it to Jane Lim, Emerging Educator Representative, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Student Quad Room Reservations for 2012 Conference
Take advantage of the student group conference registration fee of $150 per person for groups of 4 or more students from the same institution—a discount of nearly 20 percent off the usual student fee.

Also, please fill out the pdf student quad reservation form and mail it or fax it to 301-570-2212, attention to Lisa Wenger, Director of Conferences. The forms must be received by February 24, 2012.

The mailing address is ACEI, 17904 Georgia Avenue, Suite 215, Olney, MD 20832.

Global Education Grant Resource
ACEI has partnered with GrantStation to provide our 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.

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 have combined 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

Time In School—How Does the U.S. Compare?
The Center for Public Education used data obtained from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and World Data on Education, Seventh Edition.

The data shows that most U.S. schools require at least as much or more instructional time as other countries, including high-performing countries like Finland, Japan, and Korea. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these comparisons are based on required minimums. It's possible that certain schools in these countries and states do provide more time for instruction. Furthermore, students in countries like China, India, Japan, and Korea have a tradition of receiving additional instruction through non-formal schooling such as tutoring and night schools, especially at the high school level, which could also have an impact.

However, the U.S. does not require schools to provide less instructional time than other countries.

To read the paper, go here.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
The article discusses Finland's high marks from the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Finland has ranked at or near the top since 2000. Anu Partanen, a Finnish journalist based in New York, discusses the ways in which Finland transformed its education system. When the Finnish education policy was in need of reform, achieving equality, not excellence, became the goal. Click here to read the full article.

Analysis of U.S. State Bullying Laws and Policies
The report shows the prevalence of state efforts to combat bullying over the last several years. To read the Department of Education press release and to download the full report, go here.

UNICEF Successes in 2011
To learn more about UNICEF's successes in humanitarian aid, read the press release here.

Mobile Telephone Access for Education
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared a global summit and symposium that gathered experts from around the world to discuss the impact of the mobile telephone on education and learning. The symposium was held in mid-December. Read more here.

RESOURCES

Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

Smaller, Quicker, Cheaper: Improving Learning Assessments for Developing Countries
UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning recently published a report that seeks to better understand the role and design of assessments in improving learning. This is a matter of vital concern to agencies, policymakers, specialists, and the public at-large. More children than ever are in school, but some reports indicate that the quality of education in many developing countries has dropped in recent years. To understand these trends, educational specialists will need improved assessments of learning. This volume provides a review of quality learning assessments, their status in terms of the empirical knowledge base, and some new ideas for improving their effectiveness, particularly for those children most in need. Download the report pdf here .

The Recession's Ongoing Impact on America's Children: Indicators of Children's Economic Well-Being Through 2011
Children throughout the United States continue to be negatively impacted by the lingering effects of the Great Recession, with children in some states more hard-hit than others. An updated issue brief by Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institution tracks the economic well-being of children during the recession with three state-by-state indicators: children with an unemployed parent, individuals receiving nutrition assistance benefits, and child poverty. To read the Executive Summary, click here.

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY

Support the U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
By the end of January, the Campaign for the U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) hopes to receive enough signatures to urge President Barack Obama to send his ratification recommendation to the U.S. Senate in 2012.

The Campaign petition goal is 25,000 signatures. Please read the petition letter, sign it, and share with your friends, colleagues, and networks. Read the petition here.

AWARDS AND GRANTS—U.S.

The Christopher Columbus Awards
Maximum award: $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program's National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 6, 2012. For the application and more information, click here.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities. Deadline: January 31, 2012. For more information, go here.

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.

Subscribe here.