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March 2012 E-News

LEAD STORY
Updates on ACEI's Global Summit on Childhood

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

Elaine Hindal, Director of the Campaign for Childhood Division, The Children's Society, United Kingdom, will present the keynote address. Ms. Hindal leads the work of the Children's Society on issues of childhood and child well-being.

In addition, the following individuals are tentatively scheduled to present:

  • Susan Linn, co-founder and director of the coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Christopher Clouder, author of several discussion papers and books on childhood, including The Future of Childhood
  • Meg Gardinier, Chair of the U.S. Campaign To Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Marcy Guddemi, Executive Director of the Gesell Institute
  • Lea Pulkkinen, Professor Emerita, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Enola G. Aird, founder and director of Mothers for a Human Future

Delegates to the Global Summit on Childhood will be exploring a variety of key issues affecting children around the world. Over 60 countries will be represented, including:

Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

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ACEI NEWS AND INFORMATION

ACEI International United Nations Advocacy Forum at the Global Summit
This will be an interactive session designed for ACEI's UN representatives to receive input on what the child advocacy priorities should be at the United Nations. To ensure your voice is heard, this session is highly dependent upon your active participation. You are encouraged to send points of discussion in advance to Yvette Murphy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 9, 2012. Otherwise, please arrive at the session prepared with points of discussion.

We look forward to your participation at the International United Nations Advocacy Forum!

Launch of The Decade for Childhood - 2012-2022
We will have presentations on the experience of childhood from various nations and will be launching the DECADE FOR CHILDHOOD at a special evening reception on Friday, March 30, at Clyde's restaurant in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown District. To learn more, click here. Wait list only for this event.

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.

ACEI/NCATE Activities During the Global Summit

ACEI/NCATE Sessions:

  • Orientation for Institutions Training - Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • New Reviewer/Auditor Training - Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Standards Comment Session - Wednesday, March 28, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Reviewer Breakfast (invitation only) - Thursday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Reviewer Updating Session - Thursday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

See the ACEI/NCATE schedule here.

ACEI's Winter 2012 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.

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Teaching Children Well
The report, published by the Center for American Progress, features new evidence-supported approaches to professional development that have promise for closing the achievement gap. The report concludes with a discussion of the policy and practice challenges of implementing effective systems of teacher professional development on a district or statewide-level, based on the evidence and lessons learned from this work. Read the report pdf here .

The Long-Term Impact of Teachers
This paper, written by Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, and Jonah E. Rockoff, addresses the issues of teacher values on their students' success. The authors conclude that good teachers create substantial economic value and that test score impacts are helpful in identifying such teachers. Read the analysis and report here .

UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children 2012
This report presents some of the most extreme difficulties faced by children, but it also highlights the promise of a timely and effective response to their rights and needs—malnourished children restored to health, children in conflict still able to learn, and all children, no matter their circumstances, better able to realize their rights to survive and thrive. Read more here.

Teacher Training Boosts Quality Education in Angola
To improve the standard of teaching and schools, the Program of Assistance to Primary Education (PAEP) trains teachers across Angola in modern teaching methods. The program was facilitated by UNICEF and funded by a contribution of approximately US $5.2 million from the European Union. Slowly, progress is being made. Read the UNICEF press release here.

High Poverty Fuels Child Trafficking
Child trafficking is defined by the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of children for the purpose of exploitation. This situation is critical in West and Central Africa, where trafficking often occurs with the consent of the parents and sometimes, of the children themselves, notes a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report. Read an article from IRIN News here.

The Future of Familes to 2030
This report explores likely future changes in family and household structures in OECD countries. It identifies what appear to be the main forces shaping the family landscape between now and 2030, discusses the longer-term challenges for policy arising from those expected changes, and on the basis of the three subsequent thematic chapters, suggests policy options for managing the challenges on a sustainable basis. Order the publication or read a sample from The Future of Families to 2030: An Overview of Projections, Policy Challenges and Policy Options.

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY

Screen-Free Week—April 30-May 6
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, and is provided by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

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

Optional Protocol to the CRC To Take Complaints of Children
An international coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that campaigned vigorously for the new procedure, the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, has welcomed the adoption of the Protocol, saying in a statement: "The international community has effectively put children's rights on an equal footing with other human rights and recognized that children, too, had the right to appeal to an international mechanism, just like adults." Read the article here.

RESOURCES

Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

The Quantitative Impact of Conflict on Education
This study, published by UNESCO and UNESCO's Institute for Statistics, examines the impact of armed conflict on the population of 25 countries, finding substantial negative effects of exposure to conflict on educational attainment and literacy. Conflict affects several generations, leading to smaller shares of the population with schooling, fewer years of education, and decreased literacy rates, which persist over time. In many countries existing gaps between marginalized groups, such as women, and the rest of the population worsen during conflict. Read the paper pdf here .

Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care
This new publication aims to define quality and outlines five policy levers that can enhance Early Childhood Education and Care. It provides policymakers with practical tools, such as research briefs, international comparisons, country examples, and self-reflection sheets, to help successfully implement these policy levers. Order the book here.

AWARDS AND GRANTS—UNITED STATES

The McCarthy Dressman Education Foundation Grants
Proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand their awareness of the world around them will be considered. Maximum award: $10,000 per year for three years. Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the background and experience to complete the project successfully, and who have direct and regular contact with students from low-income households in grades pre-K to 12. Submission open through April 30, 2012. Read more here.

ING Unsung Heroes
Full-time K-12 education professionals from accredited public and private schools throughout the United States are invited to apply. One hundred educators receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 states, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. The application deadline is April 30, 2012. Application guidelines and forms are available on the program's 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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