CIE Well Represented at USAID Global Education Summit

Reported by Gwen Heaner


Front Row Left to Right: Valerie Haugen, Jenn Flemming, Gwen Heaner, Nina Papadopoulos,
Jacqi Mosselson, Cris Smith,Stephen Richardson
Back Row: Lisa Deyo, Wendy Wheaton, Ash Hartwell, Fritz Affolter
Not shown: Jane Benbow, Joanie Cohen-Mitchell, Rebecca Stone


CIE was represented by fourteen faculty members, graduates and current students at USAID’s Global Education Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 2-4, 2015. The event drew over 700 USAID Education Officers, partners and education leaders from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean to share knowledge and experience related to USAID’s three Education Goals.


In collaboration with the USAID Goal 3 team (led by CIE graduate student Nina Papadopoulos), the Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) (led by CIE and Education Development Center) sponsored twelve sessions related to Increased Equitable Education in Conflict and Crisis (USAID Education Goal 3). A complete list of the sessions along with presentation materials can be found on ECCN’s website.


Beyond organizing so many sessions, CIE was well represented on the panels themselves:

Friedric Affolter was a presenter on the panels “Risky Business: Lessons and Approaches in Multi-Risk and Education Analysis” and “Peacebuilding and Education”
Ash Hartwell organized 3 panels: Reflective Practice (with the Nigeria workshop as case; Accelerated Learning Programs with the Inter-agency Accelerated Education Working Group; and Theories of Change for Education in Conflict-affected Environments.  On that panel Ash and Jenn Flemming, a graduate student, were presenters.
Jacqueline Mosselson was a presenter on the panel “Keep Learning Safe: Exploring Evidence and Opportunities for Future Research” which was organized and facilitated by CIE Research Fellow Gwen Heaner.
Graduate Student Nina Papadopoulos, who heads USAID's Office on Education In Crisis and Conflict (Goal 3), was a speaker on two panels: “Peacebuilding and Education” and “Fundamentals in Increasing Equitable Access to Education in Crisis and Conflict” and facilitator of the panel “Beyond the Oslo Summit and INEE Global Consultation”

In addition to ECCN’s contributions to the Summit, there was strong representation of current and former CIE students and faculty, most of whom also sat on panels, for example:

CIE graduate Rebecca Stone, who is a literacy specialist and technical advisor for the USAID-funded LAC READS Capacity program where she is leading work on a systematic review of evidence on early grade reading in the LAC region.

Cristine Smith attended the conference to represent CIE’s interest and work in early grade reading globally, including promotion of the online graduate certificate currently offered through the center. In addition, with a long history of technical advising for both formal and non-formal literacy programs, CIE has real interest in current research and innovation related to Goal 1 programs.