News and Views: This Week at CEI

January 11, 2015Calla McCabe

This Week at CEI:

We are excited to invite you to explore CEI's new Public-Private Partnerships topic portal.  CEI has profiled over 100 programs that work to leverage the public and private sectors. This number represents a range of partnership types, including some of the traditionally conceived Public-Private Partnership (PPP) models, whereby private organizations are contracted by the government to provide a service.

If your program is profiled on CEI,  don't miss the chance to start 2015 on a high note with an upgraded CEI PLUS profile. Just complete our user-friendly profile update form and leave the rest to us!

Are there any programs in your city or country you think should be profiled on CEI?  Let us know here!

Upcoming Events:

  • January 29-30, 2015 | The 2nd UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education will be taking place in Paris, France in late January 2015! Building on the outcomes of the First Forum in December 2013,which sought to clarify the conceptual issues around GCE, the Second Forum will focus on future policy directions at the global level, country implementation and expanding partnerships in light of the post-2015 ED agenda. For more information on this forum, click here.
  • January 31, 2015 | Zicklin Center for Buisness Ethics Research and the Wolrd Bank Group are holding an Ideas for Action Competition! This is a team competition for youth aged between 18-35.  Teams are expected to focus on one of the following issues: domestic resource mobilization, better and smarter aid, international private finance, domestic private sector, and business and development innovations.  For more information about this competition, click here
  • February 12-14, 2015 | Institute for Human Development Inaugural Conference 2015 will be taking place in Kenya February 12-14, 2105. IHD is an entity devoted to interdisciplinary research and integrative, cross-sector approaches to program design and service delivery. This conference is aimed at people from all disciplines/fields, professions, and service delivery sectors associated with knowledge, policies, and interventions on early human development. For event details, click here.
  • February 26-28, 2015 | AEFP 40th Annual Conference: Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research will be taking place in Washington, D.C. The conference will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on a wide spectrum of education topics, from pre-K to postsecondary, and to encourage vigorous debates about current reforms and policy directions.  For more information click here.
  • March 2-5, 2015 | The Global Reading Network is hosting a free three-day workshop on the administration of early grade reading assessments.  The workshop is titled Designing and Implementing Early Grade Reading Assessments: Understanding the Basics. More details are coming soon on this exciting event!
  • March 5-8, 2015 | The 2015 Institute for Global Education Diplomacy will be held in Washington D.C. this year.  The event will highlight education initiatives, programs and projects which serve as models for education diplomacy to illustrate what education diplomacy looks like in action and bring forward best practices. Registration is now open
  • March 8-13, 2015 | 59th Annual Conference CIES.  Early Bird Registration is open until January 19, 2015.  Make your plans to attend CIES 2015 and register today at early bird rates.  To learn more about the event click here and to register click here.
  • March 26-27, 2015 | Mark your calendar! P21 Summit on 21st Century Learning in Action will take place March 26-27, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC! More information on the event will be coming very soon!

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • January 9, 2015 | Last day for submissions to the WORLD OMEP International Conference! The theme of this years conference is Early Childhood Pathways to Sustainability.  The conference will be taking place between July 29 and August 1, 2015.  For more information and themes for submissions click here to read more.
  • January 15, 2015 | The 2015 WISE Awards will celebrate six innovative educational projects for their excellence and positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. For more information click here
  • January 30, 2015 | SIEF Call for proposals! SIEF is looking for proposals in early childhood development, with a focus on promoting the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children ages 3-6, and effectively engaging non-state actors in basic education.  To learn more about this opportunity, click here.
  • February 6, 2015 | Register for The Americas Cultural Entrepreneurship Award: A New Opportunity for Youth! Young people between the age of 18 and 34 who have an innovative project or business idea in the cultural sector are invited to apply.  For more information and to register your project, visit or click here!
  • April 30, 2015 | Call for Proposals for the 2015 ALAS-IDB Award is now open! ALAS and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have teamed up for the third time to find the best centers, professionals, publications and innovations in Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Latin America and the Caribbean.  For more information about the ALAS-IDB Award, click here.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| Global Funding Opportunities - The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) 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:

Syrian refugee children are falling behind in their schooling.  After many days of traveling, millions have fled into Turkey and Lebanon in search of safety from an ongoing civil war.  In Lebanon, many teachers and educators have ensured that Syrian children attend schools.  They are quickly learning, however, the the mix between country standards, time away from class rooms, and at home situations cause many of these students to fall behind in school.  Meanwhile, in Turkey, these issues are compounded because of the language barrier. Recently, the education ministry in Turkey has decided to run "double shifts" to educateSyrian children.  As part of the new system, Turkish students in selected provinces will attend classes before noon and refugee-students will attend in the afternoon.  Another joint initiative will allow for payments to be made to Syrian volunteer teachers.  

Point of Departure:

Before 2014 came to a close, we asked you to reflect on the year's accomplishements. Now, two weeks into 2015,  it is time to set goals for the rest of the year.

Weigh In:

What education topic would you like to see moved to the top of the education agenda in 2015?  Are there any countries you think have the potential to shift the global education landscape (for better or for worse) in the New Year? If you work within an education-focused organization, what issues will you be prioritizing in 2015?

Photograph above provided by the Deportes para Compartir.

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