Promoting quality education for all.

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: Looking Internally, Connecting Externally

Lucy Recio, NAEYC, 
Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: Looking Internally, Connecting Externally

“Across all roles and settings, advancing equity requires a dedication to self-reflection, a willingness to respectfully listen to others’ perspectives without interruption or defensiveness, and a commitment to continuous learning to improve practice.”Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education, NAEYC

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Extracurriculars Aren’t Just “Extra”

Lisa Lyons, 

In many schools around the world, extracurricular activities of any kind are rarely or never available – yet there is so much more to the educational experience than classroom learning alone. Activities such as clubs, sports competitions, and cultural events can foster children’s intellectual curiosity and growth, confidence, and social functioning in ways that the more structured and formal classroom environment may not be able to do.

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Why the Right to an Education is #1

As human beings, we tend to think that a change is not always good or beneficial -- that it is scary and unpredictable. For me, I think change is necessary. 

I am from Guatemala, a country in Central America that is marginalized and often called a “Third World Country,” because of poverty, corruption, and gender inequality. I’m not sure why we call them Third World Countries, though, because in fact they are countries in progress, seeking common benefit. 

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The Power of Exchange Programs

Randal Mason, 

In our increasingly interconnected world, how are American schools preparing youth for successful futures? This was the central theme explored at the 4th annual Global Teaching Dialogue hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Hundreds of participants attended the event, including alumni of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs, education champions and experts, and international education organizations.

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Event Summary: Education as the Great Equalizer

Anissa Molloy, 

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, Oxfam International and GCE-US co-hosted an event on Education as the Great Equalizer during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

Heidi Gibson, Director of Global Schools First, CEI, 
Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

For years, childhood education professionals have advocated for early access to early childhood development (ECD) programs as a means of leveling the playing field between better-resourced, more affluent students and more marginalized and vulnerable students. Focusing on early literacy and numeracy skills during the pre-primary and primary years can be a useful way to address achievement gaps. However, ECD programs often feel pressured to spend the bulk of their time on specific literacy and numeracy competencies, ignoring some of the “soft skills” that are critical to development in the early years. These skills, including social-emotional learning and global citizenship competencies, not only increase students’ success in school, but also help prepare them for their future as adults.

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Four Pillars of Inclusion

Beth Offenbacker, PhDD, Founder & Principal, Waterford Inc, 

Beth Offenbacker, founder of Waterford Inc. shares her experience attending GCE-US's Inclusive Education Community of Practice. The meeting topic was "effective advocacy" with a panel featuring three former senior officials from the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Education Funding - A Global Priority

Ronnate Asirwatham and Jennifer Rigg, 
Education Funding - A Global Priority

Education is a fundamental basic human right. No child, youth or adult should ever be deprived of their human right to access free quality education. While this rings true, and many policies around the world support this notion, millions of children remain deprived of their right to education. Vulnerable, marginalized communities and those negatively impacted by conflicts are the least likely to attend or complete their full 12 years of schooling.

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