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April 29, 2016Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI


What Lessons Does the Heckman Equation Hold for Your Early Childhood Program?
By Megan Malisani

Recent debate surrounding the Heckman Equation reveals insights into how Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs can help children develop invaluable skills needed for happy, productive adulthood.  So what are these skills and what can ECD programs do to help children build them? Read More…

Innovating is the Easy Part
By Larry Cooley

Scaling up innovations to improve outcomes and increase impact is a topic of growing interest to education practitioners, funders, and researchers, as well as to the broader development community. Larry Cooley considers the tools available for assessing innovations’ scaling potential, and discusses the role of such tools in informing program design and evaluating readiness to scale. He offers several recommendations on how to think about scale. Read More…

A Bottom-Up Approach to Improving Student Learning
By Duncan McCullough

When a workshop’s official proceedings have come to a close, and those in attendance continue to engage, excitedly making plans for future collaboration, you know you've had a special day. Our recap of the Early Learning Toolkit Workshop in New Delhi highlights the event’s successful focus on practitioner interaction as a method to translate discussions at the workshop into actual impact for students and teachers. Read More…

Upcoming Events


Stumbling at the First Step: A Triple Crisis at the Foundations of Education Systems
May 11, 2016: Washington DC and Online

As part of its Early Learning Partnership Virtual Discussion Series, the World Bank will host an upcoming event on the importance of addressing the "Foundational First Fives" in improving students' learning outcomes. The discussion will focus on three key problems or elements of the crisis: a) a bulging of enrollment in the first few grades that constitutes mostly of hidden repetition, b) a lack of learning of the most fundamental skills in the first few grades, and c) a lack of Early Childhood Development. For more information on how to watch the event live, click here.

What's Working in Startup Acceleration?
May 12, 2016: Washington DC

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta event will feature an in-depth presentation on the recent findings from the first annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report. GALI is a multi-year global research initiative designed to explore - and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration, and After a detailed presentation by the report authors, key GALI partners and stakeholders will share their reactions to the findings as well as their hopes for the research program moving forward.

Knowledge Exchange Roundtable: Enhancing Private Sector Partnerships
June 2, 2016: Tokyo, Japan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will hold a workshop on enhancement of private sector partnerships through corporate social responsibility (CSR). The roundtable is designed to enhance cooperation with the private sector in relation to their CSR and outreach activities. It also aims to provide information on ADB’s operations; share CSR lessons and challenges from Japanese companies; and pave the way for creating shared value for sustainable development in the Asian region.

Funding Opportunities


Spring Accelerator – Open Cohort for Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal
Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Spring Accelerator supports businesses seeking to innovate and make a positive impact on the lives of adolescent girls across East Africa and South Asia. They are currently accepting applications for financial and business-development support from organizations operating within Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. For a full list of eligibility criteria, click here. And to sign up and apply, click here.

Open Society Foundations - Supporting Universities Providing Higher Education to Refugees
Open, rolling

Open Societies Foundation (OSF) seeks to learn about efforts aimed at increasing access to higher education for refugees. The focus is predominantly on the Middle East, but concept notes from organizations working with refugee populations elsewhere in the world are also welcome. For additional details about this grant opportunity, click here.

USAID READING within REACH Project – Request for Proposals
Deadline: May 13, 2016

The Reading within Reach Project (REACH) was established to build a community of practice, a professional network focused on improving reading outcomes in the primary grades. Through this five-year, $10 million initiative, USAID supports this network of stakeholders to develop, disseminate, and apply evidence-based practices to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of early grade reading programs. The program is seeking proposals for the implementation of writer's workshops and associated activities, including the use of Bloom book-writing software to develop/version decodable and leveled texts in at least 20 underserved languages. For additional details on the scope and application process, click here.

Education News Around the World


SHEFIGHTER: Who Runs the World? GIRLS!
By Stephanie Matheson

Stephanie Matheson takes readers to Khalda, Jordan, where international taekwondo champion Lina Khalifeh has founded a girls-only gym working to combat violence against women by teaching them self-defense training. Even more importantly though, the SheFighter gym program builds confidence among its trainees, and “gives them the tools to pursue their dreams.” Read More…

Migrant and Refugee Children Find A Home In Greece’s Intercultural Schools
By Alexis Gaglias

Behind the gate of the schoolyard in Athens’ Nea Ionia neighborhood, a group of children, dressed in colorful t-shirts and jackets, laugh loudly. When the gate opens, two little girls with braided hair look outside curiously. “He is a reporter, he is writing a story about our school,” their teacher tells them in Greek. “I told you,” one of them tells the other in English, their first language. In the classroom, they will switch back to Greek. Read more…

WATCH: Why developing countries must focus on getting millions to learn
By Jenny Perlman Robinson and Priyanka Varma

Despite significant progress getting more children into school around the world, the education these newly enrolled students receive continues to lack quality. “In other words, this rapid scaling of schooling over the past 150 years has not translated into the scaling of learning.” Watch Jenny Perlman Robinson introduce Brookings’ Millions Learning project, “which examines where and how quality education has scaled in low- and middle-income countries around the world, with the ultimate goal of helping more children and youth gain access to high-quality learning experiences that lead to lasting improvements in their lives.” Watch here.


Duncan McCullough is a Communications Associate at the Center for Education Innovations, proud Masters graduate of George Mason University, and former White House Staffer.

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