April 14, 2021

Join EDC at CIES 2021

EDC staff talk social responsibility, early education, and distance learning at the annual gathering of international development experts.

Join EDC development specialists at the 2021 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Annual Meeting, to be held virtually from April 25 to May 2. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts.”

In a series of preconference workshops on April 25, EDC staff will present an open-source data management platform, an out-of-school literacy assessment, and techniques for using interactive audio instruction for crisis response. EDC staff will also present on a number of critical issues in education, youth development, and workforce training during the formal conference.

Following is the complete list of EDC presentations.

Preconference Workshop Schedule

Sunday, April 25

Workshop Title


1–4 p.m.1

Training Workshop: Using M&E Insight, an Open Source Data Management System

Lisa Hartenberger Toby, Willard Mutoka, Munir Mahomar, Neena Aggarwal

1–4 p.m.


Interactive Audio Instruction (IAI) Development Workshop

Hortense Bulungu Pemba

1–7 p.m.

Using the Out-of-School Youth Literacy Assessment (OLA)

Brittany HebertMary Sugrue, Adele Djekoundade 


Conference Session Schedule

Monday, April 26

Session Title


8–9:30 a.m.

Adapting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Psychosocial Support (PSS) Programs in Fragile Contexts for Distance Learning

Heidi Kar

9:15–10:45 a.m.

The Continuity of Learning through a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from Early Grade Reading Projects

Maureen Muuchili Simunchembu, Sylvaine Von Mende, Stefan McLetchie

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Improving the Supply of Books in Zambia

Simon James, Julianna Nielson

Tuesday, April 27

Session Title


9:15–10:45 a.m.

Notes from the Field: A Critical Reflection on the Pivot to Remote Surveying during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rasheed Sanni

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Listening to Learn during COVID-19: Repurposing Audio Programming for Crisis Response and Continuity of Learning

Rachel Christina, Simon Richmond, Hortense Bulungu Pemba, Divin MarhegekoAdwoa Atta-Krah

4:45–6:15 p.m.

Gender Considerations for Social Responsibility in Education Interventions: Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Tanzania

Jasmina Josic

4:45–6:15 p.m.

Resilience-Informed Positive Youth Development Programs in International Development

Sabeen Faizullah, Nalini Bajaj Chugani, Jackie Keirnan

10:15–10:45 p.m. Gender and Education in the Context of COVID-19 Jasmina JosicMary Sugrue
Wednesday, April 28  Session Title  Presenters
9:15–10:45 a.m. Practicing Ethically Responsible Safe Schooling: Global Case Studies of Liberia, Nigeria, Syria and Uganda Mary HookerAmy DealJudith OkiTeetha WeahLanus Weh
9:15–10:45 a.m.  Education and the Nurturing Classroom  Susan RossMonica SahoneroYoussouf Haidara 
9:15–10:45 a.m.   Staying Power: Continued Relevance of Interactive Audio Instruction for Scale and Sustainability of Quality Early Education  Carrie Louise LewisRachel ChristinaBridget Drury
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Unleashing the Potential of Public Private Partnerships in Support of Early Grade Reading Adwoa Atta-Krah
Thursday, April 29 Session Title  Presenters

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Feedback Loops in Covid-19: How Data Is Used (or Not) to Adapt Programming, and How This Reflects on a Project’s Resilience

Gwen Heaner, Stephen Malulu, Daniel Lavan, Neena Aggarwal, Emma Catalfamo, Mary Hooker

1–2:30 p.m.

Teaching in the Time of COVID: Decisions and Rapid Transitions to Distance Learning in Four African Contexts across Three Countries

Bamidele Gbenga

1–2:30 p.m.

The Present and Future of Technology-Supported Teacher Coaching

Mary Burns

4:45–6:15 p.m.

Training and Technology: Successful Use of Technology-Based Teacher Training Models

Vilma Valerio 

4:45–6:15 p.m.

Issues in Higher Education: Time Management, Organizational Performance, Employment, and Structural Policy Borrowing

Daniel Lavan, Bill Potter, Neena Aggarwal

4:45–6:15 p.m.

Practical and Useful Tools: Collecting Sensitive Data, Measuring Resilience, and Visualizing Your Data

Rebecca Jeudin

1All times are Eastern time.