Education for the most vulnerable: Creative’s expert insights at CIES 2017


February 28, 2017

From delivering equitable emergency education in Northern Nigeria to addressing gender gaps in classrooms in Pakistan, Creative’s education experts will share insights at the annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference March 5 to 9 in Atlanta. Check here for updates as panelists discuss innovative approaches and lessons learned to improve student learning and teacher effectiveness in the most vulnerable environments.

For a full schedule of Creative’s panels, including panelists, times and locations, click here.

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In crisis-affected environments, strengthening education systems is critical. Yet reform cannot succeed unless all stakeholders take clear ownership of their respective roles.

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Development donors and ministries of education increasingly recognize the value of mother language instruction and literacy, but applying it in the classroom is a complex and challenging task.

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Integrating behavior insights in education design allows the development of effective and tailored intervention strategies to support students with specific psychosocial needs.

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Conflict and crisis compound existing education challenges, like lack of access and limited resources. Technology-based solutions may help to remedy some of these problems, but only when tailored to the specific conflict context.

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Before future teachers step foot into their own classrooms, and potentially settle into ineffective teaching methods, is the best time to prepare them to effectively teach literacy to early grade readers.

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Afghanistan has experienced a decade of transformative development. Nonetheless, the education sector is still fragile, with more than 3.5 million Afghan children who are out of school.

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Creative’s Gender Technical Advisor for the Pakistan Reading Project, Shaheen Ashraf Shah, Ph.D., shares her experiences in ensuring that teachers have access to gender-sensitive tools to help both boys and girls achieve optimal reading outcomes.

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Creative’s Senior Associate in Instructional Systems, Fathi El-Ashry, shares his insights and best practices to remove barriers and improve literacy education for all children, including those living amidst conflict and crises.

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More than 23 education experts from Creative will share insights from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zambia, among other countries, at the 61st annual CIES conference from March 5 through March 9 in Atlanta.

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