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October 2011 E-News

LEAD STORY

Call for Papers Deadline Extended until October 15, 2011
ACEI seeks input on issues related to the experience of childhood from a variety of stakeholders—education practitioners and researchers, health professionals, environmentalists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and advocates. We welcome presentation proposals on practice, policy, and research from around the world and from a variety of sectors, including universities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), research institutes, and associations.

Read the pdf Call for Papers .

Register for the summit here.

The goals of the Global Summit on Childhood are to:

  • Provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue about the experience of childhood.
  • Explore the current state of childhood, including issues affecting education and children's mental and physical well-being, from international, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Examine specific issues impacting the lives of children today.
  • Consider best policies and practices to promote the opportunities that support a positive childhood experience and to address the challenges that threaten childhood.

ACEI NEWS AND INFORMATION

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships - Applications Due December 1
ACEI offers a wide variety of awards, grants, and student scholarships to ACEI members. Please go to the the ACEI website for a full description of the award categories and the qualifications.

Explore ACEI's Redesigned Website
We hope you find the redesigned website informative, inspirational, and interactive. The site offers access to ACEI information, global education resources, helpful links, and opportunities to comment about issues of note to the education field. Enjoy, and direct any feedback to ACEI at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 combine 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 urgent endeavor.

NEWS AND INFORMATION—U.S.

Teachers–Use YouTube in the Classroom
Teachers can follow tips that show everything from organizing videos to sparking lively discussions to help struggling students through videos. Teachers can also sign up to become part of the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list that allows them to share ideas and best practices.

The new teacher's site is part one of two big initiatives on the part of YouTube geared toward educators. In the next couple of weeks, a bigger announcement will be made about huge changes that will address many of the concerns teachers have had about using YouTube videos. Learn more here.

Why We Need Public Education
Peggy Zugibe, a member of the New York Board of Education, writes about her belief in public education, citing that the nation's Founding Fathers believed in it, and that it is just as relevant today as it was in the 1700s and 1800s. She remarks, "As a nation, we need to remind ourselves of the value of a public education." Read her post here.

NEWS AND INFORMATION—INTERNATIONAL

UNESCO Initiative To Train Thousands of School Principals

School principals in many developing countries receive little, if any, leadership and development training. This initiative foresees the training of 10,000 schools principals in Kenya, Ghana, and India, targeted over four years. The multiplier effect is designed to benefit thousands of teachers and up to 10 million children. Read the press release here.

1.1 Million Children With Disabilities At Risk
At a recent conference in Moscow, Russia, Rosangela Berman-Bieler, UNICEF Senior Advisor of Children with Disabilities, urged governments to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and support policies for inclusive education. Across the region, 18 countries have signed the Convention and 12 have ratified it, but more progress is needed. Read the UNICEF press release here.

UN Secretary-General Calls for Efforts To Save Women and Children
One year ago, the Every Woman Every Child initiative was launched, and progress has been made. "But, millions of women and children are still dying needless deaths," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. A one-year progress update, Saving the Lives of 16 Million, has been released. It shows that in the first year of the effort, commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have joined the effort, funding has increased, and policies have been improved. Although progress has been made, every year 7.6 million young children die from preventable causes, and over 350,000 women lose their lives unnecessarily from complications with pregnancy and childbirth. Read the UN press release here. Read more about Every Woman Every Child.

RESOURCES

Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future
For many years, policymakers and school reform leaders have been trying to "fix" K-12 education at a high cost, with limited success. The Pew Center on the States completes its 10-year commitment to the Pre-K Now campaign, as this final report challenges the nation's policymakers to transform public education by stepping away from the current K-12 system. Read more and download the report here.

Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2011
A first-of-its-kind of study from the Southern Poverty Law Center examined state standards and curriculum requirements related to the study of the modern civil rights movement for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and found a shocking number of states received failing grades. Read about the study here.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

UNICEF Policy Briefing—Child Outlook
A world fit for children is one that must be based on making social and economic progress with equity, with special assistance applied to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Faster, deeper, and more equitable gains for children will require a sound understanding of the critical global drivers of, and threats to, economic and social progress in the 21st century, and a willingness to adapt actions and advocacy in support of children's rights in a rapidly changing world. Download the report here.

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY

The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
This component involves mobilizing organizations, communities, and citizens toward educating themselves and pressing the President and the U.S. Congress on taking the necessary steps for ratification. Learn about the CRC from UNICEF here. Learn more about the U.S. CRC Campaign here.

Universal Children's Day, November 20
Use the months of October and November to educate your school, work, parent, and neighborhood communities on the concept of the CRC. Use such platforms as school board meetings, work newsletters, PTA meetings, and local council meetings to introduce the CRC and let people know about Universal Children's Day.

Direct activities toward what you, families, schools, and communities are already doing that protects the rights and safety of children outlined in the CRC.

Begin a conversation with people. Let them know that the United States and Somalia are the only two countries that have not ratified the CRC.

Begin locally, and write a letter to your elected officials encouraging them to recognize the CRC. Use Universal Children's Day as a focal point for action.

Write a letter to your local newspaper or to your favorite blogger.

Share information and resources, such as the links provided above, on your social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, etc.

Write to the White House and the State Department, urging them to take the next steps toward ratification of the CRC.

Go to ACEI's Advocacy Resource Center for more ideas and inspiration on effective advocacy. Listed there is the pdf CRC Campaign Advocacy Toolkit (source: childrightscampaign.org).

AWARDS AND GRANTS - U.S.

New Leaders for New Schools
Candidates should have expertise in K-12 teaching and learning, a relentless drive to lead an excellent urban school, and an unyielding belief in the potential of every child to achieve academically at high levels. Eligibility: a minimum of 2-3 years of successful K-12 instruction experience. This application is for candidates who are not currently in a school-based instructional or instructional leadership role and do not work in a district, charter management organization (CMO), or city that is offering the Emerging Leaders Program. Mini-deadlines: October 13 and December 1, 2011. Final Deadline: February 7, 2012. Find the application here.

Siemens "We Can Change the World" Challenge
Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Enter to win a $5,000 school grant, green prize packs for students, and more. The challenge is open from August 24, 2011, through March 15, 2012. For details and to fill out an application, please visit the Siemens Foundation 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.

Subscribe here.