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July 2011

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Call for Papers – 2012 Global Summit on Childhood

We are seeking 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.

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.

Read the Call for Papers.

Read more on the Global Summit on Childhood webpage.

ACEI News and Information, continued

Meet the Presenters for the Institute for International Education Diplomacy

Register here.

Read the presenters’ biographies here.

In a world made rapidly interconnected by technology, having the skills of diplomacy to engage in meaningful dialogue and advance sustainable solutions for global challenges remains relevant, if not critical. International Education Diplomacy, the interpersonal, intercultural, cross-disciplinary, and often cross-political facilitation of dialogue and knowledge sharing about education systems and approaches worldwide, is a vital tool for development. Education is the cornerstone for sustainable solutions. In particular, the education of children has a profound impact on the social and economic trajectory of entire nations.

The fee for the 4-1/2 day program is $795.00 ($595.00 with student discount).

For more information, visit ACEI’s website, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 1 (800) 423-3563.

Join ACEI’s Delegation to Cuba – November 2011

Register here.

ACEI is offering an opportunity for educators to travel to Cuba to exchange information with Cuban educators and to research the Cuban model of education. Travel to Cuba is most easily facilitated through a group travel experience. Visits to schools, education associations and discussion with university faculty will be part of the program.

The program is being offered in coordination with Professionals Abroad, an initiative of Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) is a premiere travel company specializing in unique educational experiences. The Professionals Abroad initiative of ATA works with many established associations and organizations to offer professionally designed educational programs. This promises to be an exciting event in which education professionals will be able to interact with Cuban educators and university faculty to learn about the education of children in Cuba, and have time to experience Cuba, as well.

Review the ACEI Cuba Program page here.

2012 Executive Board Election

This year, there are three positions available – President Elect, Member-at-Large, and the Emerging Educators’ Representative.

Please visit ACEI’s website to read about the necessary qualifications for Board members, to review the description of open positions, and to access a nomination form. Click here to read Board descriptions and access application forms. Board membership is not just for long-time members. New members with broad experience, strong global interests, and other suitable qualifications can make excellent candidates for the Board. Nominations can be made through other members or through self-nominations. All nomination submissions are due to the ACEI Headquarters Office by close of business on Friday, September 30th, 2011.

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.

ACEI Awards and Grants

Opportunities for student leadership awards and student scholarship awards are available, as are mini-grants for special projects. Please review the types of awards, qualifications, and applications here.

Read more about award opportunities here.

ACEI Is Now on Twitter!

ACEI is on Facebook and now on Twitter. Let your friends and colleagues know that they can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com and like us on Facebook.

News and Information – U.S.

Why Diane Ravitch Is Marching in Washington, D.C.

Read the many reasons why Diane Ravitch is marching with thousands of people in Washington, D.C. this summer. She eloquently expresses her concerns about the state of public education in the United States in this essay.

“American Teacher” – Film Depicts Challenges of Teachers

The film “American Teacher,” produced by author Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari, was recently shown to education officials in Washington, D.C. The documentary seeks to counteract popular misconceptions about the teaching profession by showing what teachers actually do and the many hardships they endure. Read an article about the film here.

Read more about the teacher salary project and the film, and watch a video clip here.

News and Information – International

Safe and Friendly Cities For All

This initiative, called Safe and Friendly Cities for All, works with local municipalities, women’s groups, and child and youth advocates, and focuses on increasing safety among women, youth and children, as well as on preventing and reducing violence, including sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces. Read the full press release from UNICEF here.

“To Educate A Girl” – A New UNICEF Film

Latest estimates show that more than half of the 67 million children of primary-school age who are out of school around the world are girls. Growing evidence points to girls’ education as a key means of promoting equity and improving productivity in the developing world. Read the press release here. To learn more, go to the Educate a Girl website: http://www.toeducateagirl.com.

World Bank Launches New Education Strategy

The strategy focuses on “learning for all” and investing early, investing smartly, and investing for all. Consultations with governments, development partners, students, teachers, researchers, civil society, and business representatives from more than 100 countries informed the strategy. Learn more about the strategy here.

Global Education Initiative Supports UN Mandate

The Academic Impact also asks each participating college or university to actively demonstrate support of at least one of those principles each year. For more information, visit the Academic Impact website here.

Resources

Recent Articles and Reports of Interest

The Nation’s Report Card: U.S. History 2010

The National Assessment of Educational Progress recently released The Nation’s Report Card: U.S. History 2010. Results show that at all grades, the average U.S. history scores in 2010 were higher than the scores in 1994, and the scores for eighth-graders were also higher than in 2006. Read more about the results and download a copy of the report here.

Out-of-School Children: New Data Reveal Persistent Challenges

UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) presents a fact sheet with new data from the school year ending in 2009 on the number of out-of-school children. This fact sheet shows that although improvement has been made, critical issues still need to be addressed. Read the UIS fact sheet here.

Research Highlights

Education Counts Toward the Millennium Development Goals

As the UN agency leading the Education for All movement, UNESCO is determined to make education count for everyone, everywhere. The facts in this brochure speak for themselves: societies that make education their top development priority are more resilient, prosperous, just, and peaceful.

To read the brochure, go to UNESCO’s website and look under new publications.

Spotlight on Advocacy

First Lady Michelle Obama Advocates for Education in Africa

You can follow Michelle Obama’s trip and watch video clips at the First Lady’s Trip to Africa webpage.

Also, read how the Global Campaign for Education – U.S. Chapter (GCE-US) supported Mrs. Obama in her efforts here.

Help GCE-US get at least 1,000 signatures asking President Obama to make education a development priority. Please sign the petition at the link above and share it!

GCE-US coalition members, including ACEI, are working on a grassroots strategy to target key members of Congress to support passage of the Education For All act, as we anticipate its formal re-introduction to Congress. More information to come!

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts a CRC Complaints Mechanism

The new protocol will enable the Committee on the Rights of the Child to examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violations of their rights. To read more about the protocol, go here.

Awards and Grants – U.S.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Grant

The project should include applications of geometry to art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area, and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project’s activities, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: teachers preK-8 who are NCTM members as of October 14, 2011, or teach at a school with a preK-8 NCTM school membership as of October 14, 2011. Deadline: November 11, 2011.

For more information, go to the NCTM 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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