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CIES 2019: Education for Sustainability

April 02, 2019

young student smiling showing off his notebookWhat is the long-term cost of an education that promises – and sometimes delivers – productivity, industrialization, modernity and consumption? Who pays this price? FHI 360 will join colleagues from around the world to discuss these questions and more at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference, April 14 — 18, 2019, in San Francisco, California.

FHI 360 presentations include teacher well-being in contexts of conflict, crisis and fragility; exploring 13 years of higher education development in Afghanistan; overcoming barriers to technical education in Latin America and the Caribbean; soft skills measurement; and more.

Selected FHI 360 presentations are summarized below.

Read the full list.


Education in Crisis and Conflict
8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center (exact room TBD)
Hosted by FHI 360 and partners


10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Pre-conference workshop: Teacher well-being and the missing piece of the puzzle: Rethinking support to teachers in contexts of conflict, crisis and fragility

In many crisis contexts, teachers are working with minimal support, training, materials or compensation, while also dealing with their own experiences of trauma and displacement. Despite the recognition of the significant role teachers play in the well-being and development of their learners, little attention has been paid to teachers’ own well-being. Participants will collaborate, listen and learn about resources to better support teachers in these challenging settings.

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. New directions in education and emergencies data

Reliable education data is necessary for planning, decision-making, effective implementation, course correction, and advocacy. But, in crisis and conflict-affected contexts, policymakers and practitioners have come to expect that education data will be incomplete, inaccessible and unreliable. FHI 360 will share the results of a recent education data mapping and stakeholder consultation process in the Middle East region, focused on Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

3:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Developing and using classroom observation instruments to improve early grade reading

The importance of lesson or classroom observation in early grade reading initiatives is increasingly gaining attention in low-resourced country contexts. Presentations will highlight some of the questions early grade reading programs are confronting in the development and use of classroom observation instruments and will provide illustrative examples of how some organizations have addressed these challenges.

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Measuring soft skills: Concepts, methods and results

This panel brings together the perspectives of organizations directly engaged in programs around the world that are seeking to help young people foster crucial soft skills. Discussion will focus on the conceptual and technical aspects of measuring soft skills and provide empirical examples of the process, analytical findings, lessons learned and an agenda going forward.

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The equity initiative: Screening and identification of disabilities and special learning needs

UNICEF has estimated that 90 percent of children with disabilities living in developing contexts do not attend school. Those who do access formal education are often underserved by systematic shortcomings such as poorly prepared teachers, lack of supportive infrastructure, and insufficient resources and services. FHI 360 presents the results of a school-based disability screening study in Ethiopia.

Photo credit: Nathalie Louge/FHI 360