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November 2010

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ACEI 2011 Annual Conference Update

Every child in every nation has the right to education. Guaranteeing the child’s right to education is an urgent challenge and a priority for every nation. ACEI’s Annual Conference will challenge presenters and attendees to consider related issues and offer solutions. Register for the conference here.

Special guests:
Audrey Osler, Professor at Birkbeck, University of London and University of Leeds, will present at the opening General Session. Dr. Osler has worked as a consultant and adviser on citizenship education, development education, and human rights education for UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency, and the British Council.

Dr. Osler is the co-author of “Teachers and Human Rights Education,” and is the author of “Students Perspectives on Schooling” and “Citizenship As Democracy In Schools.” Dr. Osler is considered a leading scholar on human rights education worldwide.

Joan Almon, Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood, is tentatively scheduled to present a special session on kindergarten. Almon is co-author of the 2009 report “Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School.” It documents the importance of free play in early education and the extent to which play has been pushed out of kindergarten. To learn more about the report, click here.

ACEI News and Updates

ACEI Presents a Compelling Interview With Diane Ravitch, Educator and Author

James Kirylo, Associate Professor of Education at Southeastern Louisiana University, recently interviewed Diane Ravitch regarding her controversial book and her beliefs on the condition of the American school system. Read the compelling interview here.

ACEI Awards Deadline is November 15, 2010

ACEI offers several awards for outstanding service and/or achievements by members and chapters. Please visit the ACEI Awards page to download applications for the awards available from ACEI.

ACEI Radio – Making the Kindergarten Transition

Glyn Brown works with the SERVE Center as a project manager on a research study that focuses on children’s readiness for school. She is also a trainer and data collector for a randomized control study evaluating the impact of an early intervention program designed to improve the vocabulary skills of kindergarten children attending high-poverty schools in the Mississippi Delta region. Listen to the interview here.

News and Information – U.S.

Building Teacher Accountability From the Ground Up

Anthony Cody, an experienced teacher and teacher coach, speaks about the various processes and practices that help teachers to become better teachers. In his blog, he points out specific instances that work well to advance teacher preparedness. To read Cody’s article, which ran in the Washington Post’s “The Answer Sheet” education blog, go here.

NCATE and TEAC Will Form One Body for Educator Preparation

The governing boards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have approved merger plans at a joint meeting, held October 22. The new organization will be called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Under the plans, NCATE and TEAC will consolidate into the new organization within two years. Read the press release here.

Education Secretary Announces $27 Million in Grants

The grants will be used, Secretary Arne Duncan says, to develop and deliver high-quality, age-appropriate, educational content to increase the early literacy and mathematical skills of children, ages 2 – 8 years old. The five-year grants were awarded to three public telecommunications entities that will offer services across the United States. Read the full press release from the U.S. Department of Education.

News and Information – International

United Nations Conference Adopts Action Plan

The participants at the conference adopted to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. In their concluding document, called the Moscow Framework for Action, participants specifically requested that UNESCO reinforce efforts to promote and develop early childhood care and education. They also called on nations to partner with UNESCO to mobilize international donors to increase financial support for these purposes. To learn more, click here.

News and Information – Mozambique

Child-Friendly Initiatives Make Progress

Targeting 750 schools in 7 districts of the country, the initiative aims, through teacher training, to improve school infrastructure and facilities, health interventions, and community involvement, to enhance the quality of education. The aim is to keep more than 300,000 primary-age children in the classroom until they graduate. Read the complete update from the UNICEF website here.

News and Information – Roma

International Task Force for the Education of Roma Children

The Roma population, estimated at approximately 10 million, is the largest ethnic minority in Europe. Despite the efforts of organizations to expand and improve education for Roma children, as many as 50 percent of those in Europe fail to complete primary education. Read more here.

Resources

Recent Reports of Interest

Progress for Children: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals with Equity presents evidence of the achievements to date, but also reveals glaring disparities that must be addressed to achieve a more sustainable, more equitable progress towards the MDGs and beyond. To download a copy of the report, go here.

Confronting Systematic Inequity in Education, published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), examines the issue of inequity in American education. The report offers strategies for education grantmakers to more effectively achieve their mission and address the issues of marginalized children and education opportunities. To read the full report (pdf file), go here.

A report from the Global Campaign for Education, Back to School? The Worst Places in the World To be a School Child in 2010, finds that Somalia and Haiti are the world’s most dire places to be a school child and warns that poor countries are on the brink of an education crisis with slowed growth in access to education. To read more about the Global Campaign for Education and to download the report, go here.

What’s New in the CE Digest

What Did You Learn in School Today?

Visit the CE Digest area of the ACEI website (http://acei.org/knowledge/online-resource-center/ce-digest/). There, you will find a unique collection of reports that distill content from recent issues of Childhood Education. You will also find access to the original articles as published in our award-winning journal.

What Did You Learn in School Today?

Spotlight on Advocacy

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse – November 19

Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a universal and alarming problem. Increased attention, effective protection skills, and prevention measures are necessary at the family, local, national, and international levels. To learn more about this devastating issue, please visit the WWSF website.

Universal Children’s Day – November 20

The UN Assembly suggested to governments that the day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date of November 20th marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, in 1989. Find out more here.

To read the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, click here.

To read the more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, click here.

Awards and Grants – U.S.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Equity in Mathematics Grant

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement. Maximum award: $8,000. Eligibility: Teachers in grades 6-8 who are NCTM members, and currently teach mathematics at least 50 percent of the school day. Deadline: November 12, 2010. Read more here.

Astronauts Memorial Foundation: Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

This award rewards excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers in the school or district. Maximum award: $1,000, and recognition at the awards ceremony at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eligibility: K-12 educators and district-level personnel in the field of Educational Technology. Deadline: January 15, 2011. Read more about the award 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.

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