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May 2010

I. Lead Story
ACEI announces the 2011 Call for Proposals.
“The Right to Education: Reaching Every Child”

The 2011 Annual International Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from April 13-16.

ACEI is seeking proposals related to the child’s right to education. For details, visit the Call for Proposals.

II. ACEI News and Updates
ACEI proudly announces the release of Curriculum Development: Perspectives From Around the World, co-edited by James D. Kirylo and Ann K. Nauman.
This is a comprehensive publication that explores the social, political, economic, and historical contexts and dynamics that have contributed to the development of curriculum on every continent. As such, it is an essential resource for all educators. To purchase the book, call 1-800-423-3563 or 301-570-2111.

ACEI is pleased to announce that an article published in Childhood Education, “What Kids Don’t Get To Do Anymore and Why,” has been selected as a finalist for a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The article, written by John A. Sutter, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Brownsville, appeared in the 2009 Annual Theme issue.

ACEI is accepting nominations for the 2011 Executive Board election. Please submit nominations to ACEI Headquarters at 17904 Georgia Avenue, Suite 215, Olney, MD, 20832, by September 1, 2010.
The following positions are available:

Secretary

Presidents’ Council Representative

Member-at-Large

For details, please click here.

III. News and Information

U.S. News and Information

U.S. Senator Announces Hearings for State of the American Child
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, will hold a series of hearings this year that will focus on the challenges facing children and families and the tools they need to succeed in todays society. “The State of the American Child” hearings will examine all aspects of children’s lives: their health from birth to adulthood, their educational experience in and out of the classroom, and their life at home with their families and in their communities, with the focus of the hearings being on the inter-connectedness of all these aspects and how they shape and define the lives of our children. For more information, visit Dodd’s website.

Final Version of the Common Core Standards Released
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), was released on June 2, 2010. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and other experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce. According to the NGA and CCSSO, the standards will provide teachers and parents across the United States with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Read more here.

Free Books Help Low-income Students Prevent Summer Drop in Reading
An article published in USA Today reports that an experimental reading program in seven states helps students retain their reading skills throughout the summer. Read more here.

Removing Junk Food From Schools Reduces Childhood Obesity
The Washington Post reports that taking junk food out of schools has had a positive impact on reducing childhood obesity. Read the article here.

International News and Information

UNICEF-Supported Schools in Haiti Help Children Deal With Grief
This article explores how attending school is helping Haitian children to cope with their grief and loss from the devastating earthquake.

Help Prevent the Sale of Children
The United Nations calls on all countries to take extra steps to prevent the sale of children, prevent child prostitution and child pornography, and protect children during armed conflicts. Read the press release here.

UNICEF Executive Director Cites the Urgency of Education For All
Read the article from UNICEF on the critical need to ensure education for all children.

UNICEF Hails the Government of Lesotho’s Landmark Enactment of the Education Act 2010
Read the news article on the progress of free education in Lesotho.

IV. Research Highlights

Journal of Research in Childhood Education
Read about the upcoming articles that will be included in the next issue.

“Formula for Success: Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding Formulas”
This report, published by the Pew Center on the States, explores the benefits and challenges of using state school funding formulas to support pre-k. It examines different models for integrating early education in the formula and makes recommendations for implementing this policy. Read the report (pdf file) here.

“Poorer Children’s Educational Attainment: How Important Are Attitudes and Behaviour?”
This study, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, finds that poorer children do not perform as well in school as children from more financially secure families and that parental attitudes and behaviors affect childrens outcome in school. Read the report (pdf file) here.

Early Results Show No Measurable Effect of Teacher Advancement Program in Chicago
A study funded by a grant from the Joyce Foundation gathered data from student test scores, a teacher survey, a set of principal interviews, and teacher administration records for Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) and non-TAP schools to determine if there are differences in student test results between the two programs. Read more here.

V. Spotlight on Advocacy

World Day Against Child Labour – June 12
Go for the Goal: End Child Labour
This special day provides an opportunity to tackle child labor worldwide. In Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will mark World Day with a special panel discussion during the International Labour Conference, which will also launch a discussion on the ILO’s new Global Report, ”Accelerating Action Against Child Labour.” Learn more here.

VI. Awards and Grants – U.S. only

Shell Science Teaching Award – National Science Teachers Association
This award recognizes one outstanding classroom science teacher (K-12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching. Eligibility: K-12 classroom science teachers. Award: $10,000 and an all-expense paid trip to attend NSTA’s National Conference; two finalists will also receive all-expenses-paid trips to the conference. Visit the website for more information.

VII. Resources

Childhood Education, Summer 2010, Vol. 86, No. 4
”Promoting Emotional Competence in the Preschool Classroom.” Written by Hannah Nissen, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Ohio University Zanesville, and Carol J. Hawkins, Associate Professor, Human Ecology, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. Read the article here.

The Condition of Education – 2010
The U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and the National Center for Education Statistics present the 2010 statistical report on the status and progress of education in the United States. For more information, click here.

“The Latino Education Crisis: Rescuing the American Dream”
A recent WestEd Policy Perspective paper offers recommendations for closing the educational achievement gap between Latino students and other students in the United States. Read the report (pdf file) here.

“Caring and Learning Together: A Cross-National Study on the Integration of Early Childhood Care and Education”
This report, published by UNESCO, presents a synthesis of the historical contexts, rationales, processes, and consequences of integrating early childhood care and education (ECCE) within education, the views of countries that apportion ECCE responsibility differently, and some reflections and policy recommendations on the issue. Read the report (pdf file) here.

VIII. U.S. and International Conferences

National Conference

Froebel USA 2010 National Conference

Sponsored by FroebelUSA

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

July 22-25, 2010

Phone: (888) 573-3436

Website: http://www.froebelusa.com/index.php
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Froebel’s Method for Today’s Child will include a 4-day hands-on immersion into the original early childhood methods of Friedrich Froebel, the inventor of kindergarten. The conference will emphasize work with children and how Froebel’s methods fit in a modern curriculum. Workshops cover aspects for Froebel’s methods, including gift play, occupations, mother songs and movement games, gardening, and nature education.

International Conferences

Starfish Educational Congress II (II Congesso de Educacao do Instututo Estrela do Mar)

Sponsored by Instituto Estrela do Mar

Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

July 14-16, 2010

Phone: (303) 692-9008

Website: http://www.starfisheducationalinstitute.org/
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The conference will focus on the early childhood years (2 to 8 years old), and cover the arts, art integration, brain-based learning, child-directed learning, multicultural approaches, and inquiry methods for the professional development of staff. There will be an opportunity to tour and observe a school, Escola Estrela do Mar.

World Forum on Early Care and Education

May 3-6, 2011

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Managers, teachers, trainers, consultants, public officials, and advocates join over 900 early childhood professionals from 70 nations for the 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education Conference.

Take advantage of early registration! Available through June 30, 2010.

Website: http://worldforumfoundation.org/wf/wf2011/index.php

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