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USAID ECCN August 2017 Newsletter
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Accelerated Education Working Group – Launch of Guidance Materials in DC, October 3, 2017 (Save the Date)

ECCN is happy to support the Accelerated Education Working Group in launching its revised and updated guidance materials for accelerated education in crisis and conflict-affected countries. The updated materials include the Guide to the Accelerated Education Principles, 10 Principles for Effective Practice, Accelerated Education definitions, and its new Accelerated Education Learning Agenda.

The Accelerated Education Principles (AEP) and research seek to improve the quality of Accelerated Education (AE) programming to better serve children and youth unable to access formal schooling in crisis and conflict settings. AE is a vital strategy to support the Sustainable Development Goals and initiatives such as Education Cannot Wait.

The event will be hosted at EDC, in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2017. Space will be limited, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for sign-up and program details. Updates and all published resources can also be  found on the ECCN AEWG webpage.

ECCN Offers Training in Washington, DC this Fall

ECCN is conducting two training sessions in Washington, DC this fall: Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) and Safer Learning Environments. These unique training sessions are offered to both USAID staff and implementing partners and will involve rich discussions and hands-on activities. Space is limited, so apply for your spot early!

1. November 30 – December 1, 2017: Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) Training
Participants will learn the rationale and purpose of RERA, how to procure, oversee and/or implement one, and the key methodological elements and collaborative approaches involved. 
To register: USAID staff, search USAID University for course # 41751; ECCN Members, click here.

2. December 4-6, 2017: Safer Learning Environments (SLE) Training
This hands-on course will provide a useful framework for understanding the intersections of safety and education within four domains (click here for ECCN’s categories and corresponding evidence gap maps). In addition, participants will get a chance to work with ECCN’s new SLE assessment tool. 
To register: USAID staff, search USAID University for course #41775; ECCN Members, click here.

ECCN Invests in Conflict Sensitive Education

In collaboration with INEE, ECCN is investing in research and capacity development around conflict sensitive education (CSE). ECCN sponsored three members from the Philippines and Iraq to attend a CSE Training of Trainers in Jordan in July, featuring INEE’s Conflict Sensitive Education Pack. Participants returned to their home countries to further implement CSE training and approaches. In a follow-up webcast on August 17, ECCN Conflict Specialist Jim Rogan facilitated a webcast on carrying out conflict sensitivity analysis. The slides and the webcast recording have been made available.

ECCN is also supporting a researcher who will follow the CSE Training of Trainers participants’ local training efforts through April 2018. The research will assess how effectively CSE principles and practices are applied and institutionalized. Finally, with INEE guidance, ECCN is supporting the development of an online CSE module due for completion in December 2017. For more information on these activities, see also the ECCN work plan, and stay tuned for a blog post and continued updates related to the CSE training, research, and an online course.
 

Adaptive Management Indicators

ECCN is working with Social Impact, Inc. to develop a taxonomy of indicators related to adaptive management (AM) for educational programming in crisis and conflict settings. The indicators are drawn from existing frameworks from within the education aid and development field as well as from statistics, business management, neurobiology, gender studies, and economics. ECCN will convene an expert panel to review this tool in September and is seeking members experienced with AM to join this review panel. If interested, please email ECCN with your interest and CV (use subject line: Indicators), by September 4. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to serve on panels that will review our indicator work around safe learning environments, equity, and conflict sensitive education.
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Spotlight

Mark Green, USAID's new administrator. Watch his welcome video and learn more about his vision for USAID. Also, read about the experiences that have shaped his perspective on American foreign assistance in his blog post, 7 Facts You Might Not Know About USAID’s New Administrator. 
Let’s remember and pay tribute to Jackie Kirk who was killed ten years ago on August 13 in an ambush in Afghanistan where she worked to advance education access and quality for the most marginalized, and especially girls.
ECCN Webcasts:
Save the date: On 09/26 10am EDT, ECCN will co-facilitate a webcast on Monitoring and Evaluation in Crisis and Conflict Areas with School to School International, Creative Associates and Chemonics. The webcast will discuss the challenges of conducting M&E in complex humanitarian emergencies and present on M&E tools and methodologies being used in the field. The presenters will also discuss best practices for addressing the unique challenges posed by crisis and conflict settings. Stay tuned for more!
If you missed the ECCN webcast on Adapting M&E Tools for Crisis and Conflict Settings that featured the USAID Rapid Feedback MERL funding mechanism, you can find all the information as well as a recording on the ECCN website. ECCN collaborated with R4D, the lead coordinating agency for the mechanism. USAID’s Sophia van der Bijl provided the framing context for this webcast.
 

From the ECCN Community Board

As part of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, UNHCR, Save the Children, and other partners will host a conference about Promising Practices in Refugee Education. This half-day meeting will take place on September 22, 2017 in New York City. For more information and to RSVP, refer to the ECCN CoP Posting. RSVP is first come first served and seats are limited.
Attend the Social-Emotional Learning Community of Practice webinar on High Quality SEL Programming and Implementation in International Contexts, on August 31. RSVP and find more information here.
Do you have EiCC news to share? Use ECCN's online Community Posting Board to share your news, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
 

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