The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to help improve educational opportunities in Zambia by working with the Ministry of Education to institutionalize support for community schools throughout the country. The five-year, $30 million Orphaned and Vulnerable Children – Education Support Initiative (OVC-ESI) will enhance learning opportunities, increase school effectiveness, and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s education in Zambia. The initiative will also contribute to the ministry’s efforts to meet national goals and also the 2015 Education for All and Millennium Development Goals.
EDC has been chosen to continue operating the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands through 2017 with a new five-year contract awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. EDC has led the REL since 2006.
“I can really see big, big changes because of this Whole School Reading Program.” So says Luvelia St. Bernardo, principal of the Cawit Elementary School in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The key to the EDC-operated program, which has shown powerful results in improving reading, is getting the whole school involved.
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Success at the Core, a free online professional development resource for school-based leadership teams and teachers, has won a 2011 Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award for “Best Professional Development Website.” EDC and Vulcan Productions created Success at the Core to help leadership teams and teachers prepare all students for success.
In a published letter in The New York Times, EDC’s Naomi Hupert takes issue with a story about open classrooms, saying they are not a new innovation, and proponents should consult existing research on teaching and learning.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $75 million for a five-year project to be known as D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic) that will include thousands of students and teachers in more than 1,300 public schools throughout Lebanon.
A new report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches from Eight Urban Districts, examines the efforts of school systems to design or redesign leadership preparation programs.
Yvette Uy Tan returned to her native Philippines to work on the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills Project (EQuALLS2), a USAID-funded initiative in the southern island of Mindanao, home to a large Muslim population.
With the goal of strengthening the preparation that new K-12 principals receive in schools of education around the country, EDC will host a forum to share strategies to improve these programs nationwide.
Rachel Christina is senior project director for the Egypt Education Reform Program. EDC’s role in the project focuses on the quality of teaching and learning within schools in seven Egyptian governorates.