Promoting quality education for all.

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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Little Ripples in Tanzania

iACT, 

Little Ripples is an early childhood education program that empowers refugees and communities affected by humanitarian crises to deliver child-centered, quality, and comprehensive pre-primary education that supports the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children ages three to five. Little Ripples is designed to be refugee- and community-led in order to build long-term capacity and address the unique needs of children and communities affected by trauma, violence, displacement, and uncertainty.

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Civil Society at the Work Bank: Investing in Disability Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Katie Loos, GCE-US, 
Civil Society at the Work Bank: Investing in Disability Inclusive Early Childhood Education

On Thursday, April 11th during the World Bank Civil Society Meetings the Global Campaign for Education-US moderated a panel on the Importance of Investing in Disability Inclusion Early Childhood Education with representatives from the Bank Information Center, Light for the World, Open Society Foundations, and the World Bank.

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What We Measure Matters

Amanda Welsh, 
What We Measure Matters

The global indicator for SDG 4.2.1, the goal focused on early childhood, is the “percentage of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being.”The most recent SDG 4 Data Digest from UNESCO evaluates progress against creating the right measures for this and clearly identifies that we “need a definition of developmentally on track.”

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The World Bank’s 2018 World Development Report on Education: A Critical Analysis

Steven J. Klees, 

The annual World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s flagship publication.  The 2018 report is entitled Learning to Realize Education’s Promise.  While this WDR has been out for a year, it is still worth reflecting on its content.  In the 40 year history of the WDR, this is the first time its focus has been on education.  Many commentators have welcomed this as needed in this time when education systems around the world face so many challenges.  I am less sanguine.  While the report has some redeeming features, I see it as part of the Bank’s long-term very narrow – even for economists – view of education.

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Expanding Student Learning Without Leaving the Classroom

Global Ties U.S. Online Learning Team , 

Expanding Student Learning Without Leaving the Classroom: The Promise of Online Learning & Virtual Exchange

The internet proposed a great promise: anyone from anywhere could connect to exchange information and ideas. As the number of devices that connect to the internet across the world and access to the internet grows, the number of possible connections also grows exponentially. At the forefront of utilizing this new technology are current K-12 students, who find it increasingly natural to learn and connect using computers, tablets, or any other internet-connected device. With the number of connections now available at their fingertips, it is a logical next step to use internet-connected devices in the classroom to increase students’ quality of education and ability to connect with the rest of the world.

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