Center for Education Innovations: This Week's News & Views

July 11, 2014Kristen Grauer

This Week at CEI

This year, the LEGO Foundation put up $200K in prize money, plus an all-expenses paid trip for 10 Champions of Learning through Play to their annual Idea Conference in Denmark. To date, the LEGO Re-imagine Learning Challenge has recieved nearly 400 entries from innovators in 50+ countries who seek to answer the following question: How do we optimize learning outcomes through structured play? This week at CEI, we supported our colleagues at Ashoka Changemakers in reviewing and providing constructive feedback to participating programs to assist implementers in improving their current models. We are incredibly excited to have contributed to such a unique form of peer learning!

This week we also added several new programs to our database including three unique innovations from SeeBeyondBorders that are helping students and teachers alike to improve access to and quality of education in rural Cambodia.


Upcoming Events

  • July 29 | CEI South Africa Conversations with J-PAL - Our partners in South Africa kick off their series of conversations with the The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Teaching to the Level of the Child. Follow the event on the University of Cape Town GSB Bertha Centre Blog.
  • July 29 | Beyond Disaggregated Indicators - Making Cents International to host a webinar on the importance of gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation strategies to enhance learning.
  • October 6-8 | 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit - Hosted by Making Cents International, this annual event convenes over 400 education stakeholders from over 50 countries. To take place October 6-8 in Washington, D.C.
  • October 10-12 | Creating a Society for All: Reconsidering Early Childhood Services - The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) invites you to participate in this international conference for shared learning and a joint exploration to re-consider early childhood services for children from birth through primary school.
  • October 15-18 | 28th Annual Conference of the AEA - Hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the theme of this year's event is Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. To take place in Denver, CO.
  • November 4-6 | 2014 WISE Summit - The 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will convene in Doha, Qatar, under the theme Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.
  • November 17-22 | 5th Annual Global Education Conference - This free, week-long online event will bring together educators and innovators from around the world to promote global awareness, foster global competency, and inspire action towards solving real–world problems. 



  • July 18 | Enabling Writers - All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is now accepting nominations for its $100,000 prize competition which incentivizes the development of software that helps writers draft texts to improve reading skills of children in developing countries.
  • July 22 | Call for Papers: Conference on Social Protection in AfricaThe Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is holding a conference on Social Protection in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12-13, 2014 and inviting researchers who have completed studies in or about Africa to send abstracts for consideration by July 22.
  • July 24 | GlobalGiving September Open Challenge - GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform for nonprofits of all sizes all around the world. If you're interested in expanding your donor base and becoming more effective, you're invited to join the GlobalGiving community!
  • July 31 | 3ie Challenge for the Impact Evaluation Community - The launch of 3ie’s newly revamped Impact Evaluation Repository is a major milestone, marking the culmination of the first systematic attempt to capture all qualifying impact evaluations in the international development sector. Think there is something we've missed? Submit your study today.
  • August 15 | Brookings Call for Case Studies - Brookings is seeking case studies to support its Millions Learning campaign. Learn more about selection criteria and the application process here.
  • August 15 | mEducation Call for Proposals - The 2014 Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium seeks presentation proposals on mobile interventions that improve literacy and numeracy for marginalized or hard-to-reach learners.
  • August 31 | Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize - Applications for world’s first one million dollar teacher prize are now open. Nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
  • August 31 HDIF Call for Proposals - HDIF is a competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organizations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Apply today!
  • September 8 | WISE Accelerator Program | For this inaugural year, the WISE Accelerator will be dedicated to providing support and guidance to projects addressing educational challenges through the use and/or design of technology. Apply today!
  • December 1 | CIES Call for Proposals - The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) seeks submissions for its 59th Annual Conference, taking place March 8-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Proposals should align with the event theme Ubunti! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally. Early bird deadline is October 6.
  • Various Dates | Early Childhood Intervention Survey - The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) invites you to participate in a brief survey about the status of early childhood intervention in your country. The questionnaire should take only 20 minutes.
  • Various Dates | Atlas Corps Fellowship - This 12-18 month professional fellowship is offered three times a year for nonprofit leaders from around the world. Develop leadership skills from the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series in either the U.S. or Latin America.
  • Various Dates | Global Funding Opportunities - The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) just released its June newsletter which features global funding opportunities from the Global Fund for ChildrenDubai CaresFord Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here


Education News

Disability Is No Longer Invisible in Mongolia - Advocacy groups and nongovernmental organizations in Mongolia have been working for many years to raise awareness about the challenges people with disabilities face participating in their communities. One of the results of this work is a push by policymakers to gather better data about disability in Mongolia so that policies and programs can become more effective.

For the first time, the state census in 2010 included specific questions related to disability, which supported comparisons of access to public services, like education and health care, for people with disabilities and the nondisabled population. Any statistical information about people with disabilities before that had relied on one-time study, or education or health sector databases, each of which employed different methodologies. The census runs every 10 years and will repeat these questions. Read more...

[Originally posted by Open Society Foundations]

Obstacles in Education for Romani and Egyptian Children - The famous poet, Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj stated, “From cradle to grave, the most beautiful (period) is the school age.” This statement, however, could hardly be supported by those familiar with the education that children living in the Konik camps receive. World Bank statistics report that only 32 percent of Romani and Egyptian children finish primary school compared to 98 percent of all children in Montenegro. In order to increase the number of Romani and Egyptian children attending primary school as well as to enable them to complete school, the Roma Education Fund (REF) has committed to joining a complex process of integrating the children living in Konik camp into mainstream society. Read more...

[Originally posted by Chalkboard]


Point of Departure

Today, July 11th, is World Population Day, established by the United Nations in 1989 to focus the international community's attention on the urgency and importance of population-related development issues and to encourage the development of solutions for these challenges across the world. This year's theme is Investing in Young People - giving us the opportunity to highlight the social and economic needs of youth and consider options for increased support of the world's 1.8 billion young people.

The innovative programs within the CEI Database are investing in young people in a major way. By delivering early childhood development and education services, preparing secondary students for the workforce, encouraging recent graduates to join the teaching profession, and more, they are ensuring that young people around the world are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

WEIGH IN - What does World Population Day mean to you or your community? How can the international community better support young people through education?

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