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November 2009

I. Lead Story

ACEI announces invited Opening Keynote Speaker for the ACEI 2010 Annual Conference
2010 Annual Conference, “Brighter Futures for Children: Strengthening School, Family and Community Connections”

Wyndham Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, April 28-May 1, 2010

Joseph Tobin is the Nadine Mathis Basha Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. He is also the Director of the Children Crossing Borders project, a project that will give voice to the hopes, beliefs, and concern of immigrant parents about the education and care of their young children in several nations, including France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His research interests include cross-cultural studies of early childhood education, children and the media, and qualitative research methods. Tobin is widely recognized for his landmark publication Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China, and the U.S. Tobin also serves as a member of the National Research Council’s Board on International Comparative Studies in Education.

Register for the conference online at and get ready to network with colleagues from around the world. You can also call 1 (800) 423-3563 to register by telephone.

II. ACEI News and Updates
Please support ACEI’s project for a preschool in Tanzania

One of the many exciting projects in the Board’s ACEI revitalization efforts is to support the building of a preschool for girls in a nation where nearly half of school-age children never set foot in a classroom–especially girls. Rather, as in many African countries, girls as young as 10 in rural areas are often married off and have no educational opportunities. We can’t solve all of the world’s injustices, but we can do our part to change the lives of preschool girls in a rural village in northwestern Tanzania. For a complete history, see my recent columns in the ACEI Exchange.

The entire cost of a classroom and playground for these children is around $15,000. ACEI will provide $5,000 to start the process. If each ACEI member contributed the cost of one Starbucks coffee to this action-oriented effort to support our global mission, we could create a school and program we could all be proud of.

Please send contributions to ACEI Headquarters, 17904 Georgia Avenue, Suite 215, Olney MD 20832. Please make checks payable to ACEI, and write “Tanzania Project” in the memo line of the check.

-Jim Hoot, ACEI President

Florida Association for Childhood Education International (FACEI) International Outreach
Call for Book Donations for Children in Guatemala

It is very difficult for students to compete in elementary education, much less compete in the future for better jobs in their own community, or on the world stage. In Patzun, Guatemala, Miracles in Action will receive our help. Miracles in Action is an organization with volunteers who seek out underserved pockets of need in rural Guatemala and research projects that focus on education, vocational training, and sustainable development.

By collaborating with Miracles in Action, FAECI hopes to share with these children some of the resources we have available to help them succeed. Please donate a children’s book in Spanish. For example, Scholastic provides many 99-cent Spanish picture books, or you can use Scholastic points to obtain one for free.

Send books to Kasandra Gallegos at 313 9th Street South, Immokalee, Florida, 34142.

You also can drop the books off at the ACEI Annual Conference. We will have a box with a poster you can’t miss. The deadline to receive books will be during our yearly ACEI Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Miracles in Action, please visit their website at

If you have any questions, feel free to call Kasandra Gallegos at 239-377-7975.

III. News and Information

U.S. National News and Information

U.S. study finds that over 60 percent of kids are exposed to violence (find the study here)
The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control, shows that many children are exposed to violence on a daily basis. Read the related USA Today article.

“America After 3 PM” study shows that 18 million kids need after school care” (pdf of study)
The After School Alliance, sponsored by the JC Penney Afterschool Fund, has completed a survey that gives the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what U.S. youth are doing each day after school. Read a press release here.

Pink Brain, Blue Brain, a new book by Lise Eliot, presents new research on gender and the brain. Read a related article from the Washington Post.

“Growing up scripted and losing freedom along the way”
Read this article about how adolescents feel about their limited choices in freedom and play, published in Education Week, Vol. 29, Issue 7, pg. 23.

International News and Information

UNESCO’s new Director-General, Irina Bokova, said that advocating for increased funding for education would be a non-negotiable element of her mandate. Bokova described UNESCO as the “uncontested leader” in the promotion of quality Education for All, and stressed her determination to retain that leadership in the face of the worldwide financial crisis. Read her full statement:

Three new UNESCO Education Institutes approved
A new UNESCO institute in India dedicated to peace education, and two others in Syria and the Philippines, have been given initial approval during UNESCO’s General Conference. Read the announcement:

IV. Research Highlights

Doing Better for Children
A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) uses six indicators to evaluate child well-being: material well-being, health and safety, educational well-being, family and peer relationships, behaviors and risk, and subjective well-being. Read a pdf chapter of the report.

Overcoming the Barriers to Educational Innovation
According to Future Lab, a UK research center, educational innovation must be moved forward despite systematic obstacles. A recent literature review examines seven barriers to innovation and analyzes each, using a “layers of influence” model. Read the report (pdf).

Prioritizing the Nation’s Dropout Factories
With the nation in the midst of a dropout crisis that costs more than $335 billion in lost wages for each class of dropouts, the Alliance for Excellent Education presents a new brief (pdf) that calls on federal policymakers to perform “legislative triage” by devoting attention to the lowest-performing high schools and immediately improving or replacing the most severely “injured” schools.

V. Spotlight on Advocacy

November 20, 2009 — Universal Children’s Day
Universal Children’s Day is recognized on November 20th and serves to remind us of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CRC. To date, 193 nations have ratified the CRC; only Somalia and the United States have not.

December 1, 2009 — World AIDS Day
Theme: “Take the lead. Stop AIDS. Keep the promise.”
Over 13 million children from 60 countries worldwide will join a huge simultaneous lesson on HIV/AIDS this World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009. For more information, visit

December 10, 2009 — Human Rights Day
December 10 is the date designated to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–a document establishing a common standard for human achievement for all peoples and nations.

VI. Awards and Grants

The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: teachers of infant-, toddler-, or preschool-age children employed in a home, group, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state regulations for operating child care programs. Deadline: December 4, 2009.
For more information, visit

The American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 teachers in groups. Deadline: March 15, 2010.
For more information, visit

VII. Resources

Education International’s (EI) report: “Stop Hurting the Teaching Profession”
Read the recently published report to the Joint ILO-UNESCO Expert Committee on the Application of the Recommendations on Teachers (CEART). EI’s report highlights the following major concerns: global teacher shortage; global casualization crisis; and increasing attacks against teachers. Read pdf of report here

“Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice.”
This document is a compilation of 101 examples of good practice in human rights education in primary schools, secondary schools, and teacher training institutes in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in the Europe area.  Document can be found here.

“Progress for Children: Report Card on Child Protection”
“Progress for Children,” prepared by UNICEF, is a compendium of data that serves as a report card on global and national efforts to protect the rights of children and provides key information on child protection. Read pdf of report here

“Teacher Quality: Education Policy White Paper”
The National Academy of Education presents this paper that outlines several specific recommendations for improving teacher quality. Read the white paper (pdf) and visit for additional details.

VIII. Upcoming Events (U.S. and International)

National Conference

Blueprint for Excellence National Conference
December 8-12, 2009
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This conference brings educators together from across the country and around the world to share their experiences, programs, and successful practices in the education of our children. Attend high-energy sessions, experience student performances, and network with top educators exploring solutions to today’s education challenges.

International Conference

Riverside School-India, Multiple Intelligences (MI) Institute-Cambridge, MA
December 5-6, 2009
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Phone: +65 97620175
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