Professional Development and Scholarly Opportunities

Global ECD MOOC Program

 

World OMEP has been invited to join in an academy regarding SDG.
 
This Global ECD Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) launches end of September, sponsored by NYU, Harvard, and UNICEF
 

The first co-sponsored MOOC on early childhood development science, programs and policies from leading universities and UNICEF will launch on September 25 (enrollment can occur anytime between September 25 and December 1). 

 
The faculty include: Hirokazu Yoshikawa, NYU; Jack Shonkoff, Harvard Center on the Developing Child; Aisha Yousafzai, Harvard Chan School of Public Health; and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, NYU. A special appearance by Pia Britto, Chief of Early Childhood Development for UNICEF, is included. Material covers the science of early childhood development as well as innovations in science-based ECD programs and policies from all over the world. 
 
The MOOC is a part of the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Academy.  The SDG Academy is the flagship educational initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research and technical network advising the Secretary-General on the development and implementation of the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.  
 
Here are the syllabus topics:

Week 1. Introduction (Yoshikawa and Shonkoff)

1.1           Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

1.2           The State of the World’s Children 

1.3           How Brain Architecture Develops

1.4           The Impact of Adversity & Toxic Stress 

1.5           Resilience & How to Foster It 

 

Week 2. Child Development: Prenatal to Age 3 (Tamis-LeMonda)

2.1           Development in Culture & Context

2.2           Physical Development 

2.3           Cognitive Development and Perception 

2.4           Language Development 

2.5       Social Development 

2.6           Emotional Development &Temperament

 

Week 3. Child Development: Ages 3 to 8 (Yoshikawa) 

3.1           Physical Development 

3.2           Cognitive Development & Executive Function

3.3           Language 

3.4           Socio-emotional Development 

 

Week 4. Tour of ECD Sectors & Programs Part I (Yousafzai)

4.1           Introduction to Multi-sector Aspects 

4.2           Health Programs

4.3           Nutrition & Parenting Programs

 

Week 5. Tour of ECD Sectors & Programs Part 2 (Yoshikawa)

5.1           Social Protection Programs

5.2           Early Care & Education Programs

5.3           Child Protection Programs

 

Week 6. Communities & Conflict Situations (Yoshikawa)

6.1           Uganda Case Study 

6.2           Community Based Programs 

6.3           Conflict & Migration 

 

Week 7. From Programs to Policies (Yoshikawa)

7.1           How is Policy Created?   

7.2           Quality, Governance & Sustainability

7.3           Financing ECD Policies

 

Week 8. The Future: Innovations and Growth (Shonkoff, Yoshikawa and Britto)

8.1           Innovation in ECD

8.2           Innovation from Around the World 

8.3           Conclusion: The Future of ECD 

 

The course is entirely free, and enrollment is at the following link, including a trailer narrated by Shakira: 

https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/the-best-start-in-life-early-childhood-development-for-sustainable-development-september-2017 

OXFORD ROUND TABLE/ROUND TABLE SYMPOSIUM: AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!

http://www.oxfordroundtable.com/index.php/view/Content-Main/page/general.html

The upcoming 2017 sessions are as follows:

Childhood Education Mar 12 – Mar 15, 2017*

Women and Education Mar 15 – Mar 18, 2017 *

Issues in Childhood Education Jul 16 – Jul 19, 2017*

Critical Issues Jul 19 – Jul 22, 2017*

Religion, Women and History Jul 23 – Jul 26, 2017

*Dr. Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer is the facilitator and contact for these professional 4-day international conferences held at Oxford University in Oxford, England. If you would like to receive an invitation to participate in one or more of the sessions contact Dr. McConnell-Farmer. You may contact her at, judymcconnellfarmer@yahoo.com/judymcconnellfarmer@gmail.com

 Purpose

The purpose of the Oxford Round Table is to promote education, art, science, religion and charity by means of academic conferences and publication of scholarly papers. This Round Table is to be held at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford. As you may know, the University of Oxford is a confederation of thirty-eight (38) colleges of which Harris Manchester College is one. The colleges, themselves, are not degree granting or programmatic units of the University.  The University is an academic umbrella over all the colleges. The Round Table is, thus, not an academic programme conducted by the umbrella University. Harris Manchester College is the venue, the situs, location of the Round Table. The colleges, themselves, in their private corporate capacity, traditionally host an array of academic conferences assisted by Conference Oxford.  The Round Table is one such conference. Harris Manchester College was selected as the location for the meeting because of its reputation, its location in the heart of Oxford, and because of its congenial working relationship with the members of the Oxford Round Table Programme Committee and Advisory Board.

 Background

Two decades ago the Oxford Round Table held its first meeting in New Inn Lane at St. Peter’s College in the University of Oxford to consider public policy issues bearing on education in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other selected countries. Participants in the foundational meeting included the Master of St. Peters, the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, ministers of education from twenty countries, the Chair of the National Governor’s Association and several legislators from the United States. Pursuant to the success of that Round Table, additional meetings were deemed desirable and more were held thereafter. Participation was later broadened to include university presidents and subsequently further expanded to involve scholars from many academic disciplines.

Academic Independence

As an independent educational and charitable organization, the Oxford Round Table is not under the control of the hosting Oxford colleges, most of which are established as endowed sectarian foundations, nor is it in anyway under the aegis, restraint or sanction of the University of Oxford; rather, the Round Table is free-standing, apolitical and non-denominational. Papers presented at Round Tables are evaluated solely on their academic merit, and publications emanating therefrom are approved only after peer review by external evaluators.

Interdisciplinary Nature

The Oxford Round Table seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of contemporary issues that affect the public good in all its various forms and ramifications. The public good is expansively interpreted by the Round Table to include all matters that enrich the human experience and enhance the human condition. Past themes of meetings have included considerations of human rights, social welfare, economics, religion, ethics, morals, law, medicine and the liberal arts and sciences. Each session is designed around a format that enables participants to present papers and to engage in discussions regarding those papers in both formal colloquy and informal dialogue.

Invitees to Round Tables are determined based on several criteria, among which are nominations by earlier attendees, courses that invitees teach, their presentations and writings, and their professional involvement in a relevant area of interest. An attempt is also made to diversify as to academic discipline, the type of institution, public or private, and to involve institutions representing different levels of education; i.e. schools, community colleges, four-year colleges, graduate and research universities.

Venue

Round Tables are held in the colleges of the University of Oxford through special and separate arrangements with each college. Participants are accommodated in the colleges where they are provided rooms, receptions, breakfast, lunch and dinners in the college halls and various other amenities. There are 39 such colleges in the University of Oxford. The formal meetings in which participants’ present papers and engage in dialogue are usually held at the Oxford Union Debating Society, the Examination Schools of the University, and/or in facilities of the respective colleges. Over the years, Round Tables have been located at several colleges including St. Peter’s, St. Anne’s, St. Antony’s, Exeter, Pembroke, Hertford, Queen’s and Lincoln College. Formal academic sessions are normally held in the debating chamber of the Oxford Union Debating Society, and/or the Examination Schools of the University.

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The International MA Program in Child Development

Students from developing  countries  have extremely  limited  options  world-wide  to  study child development within  the  context  of  their  unique cultural,  societal,  and  educational settings. While  the  child  development  field  in  North  America  and  Western  Europe  has  witnessed a significant  increase  in  new  graduate  programs  in  the  past  decade,  these  programs  have focused primarily on issues pertaining to western societies.

Training a cadre of child development professionals and policy leaders in the developing world is of the utmost urgency, as there is a pressing need to improve the lives of children around the world. In response to this need, the University of Haifa has launched The International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries, designed to increase the professional knowledge of childcare professionals who work with children.

We are pleased to announce that the program opened in October 2014 with its first cohort of 17 highly-qualified students.  That year’s class included students from Chile, Ghana, Nepal, Ethiopia, Cameroon, China, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, and South Africa. All of them graduated successfully in the summer of 2015, got their MA degrees, and returned to their home countries in order to continue their work in fostering the well being of children.

This year’s class includes 16 students from Ghana, Cameroon, China, Georgia, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

In order to create diversity in the body of students, we also accept students from developed countries who are interested in specializing in child development in developing countries (each class, last year and currently, includes 8 students from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and Israel).

This academic initiative brings talented students from diverse backgrounds – pediatrics, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, education, anthropology, sociology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, law, social work and social welfare, speech pathology and therapy – to make a substantial impact in their home countries in fields of education, welfare and healthcare.

Registration is open for the third cohort who will begin the course of studies this coming October 2016.

The program is taught in English and collaborates with MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Full scholarships are available for students from developing countries.

Those candidates applying with a request to obtain a full scholarship for developing countries must submit their application no later than March 31st. 2016. Other candidates should submit the application by May 30th. 2016

For more information, prospective candidates may visit our website at: http://intchilddev.haifa.ac.il