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Global Education Forum Monthly A Free Monthly Event

The International Training and Education Program (ITEP) Global Education Forum has two aims. First, it focuses on identifying the most pressing issues in education globally, as reported by renowned experts from academia, public policy, government and the non-profit sector across the globe. Second, it examines whether and how undergraduate and graduate student education and training should change in order to prepare students to address these issues.

The GEF defines education broadly-including formal, informal, and experiential settings in schools and outside the classroom. It centers on traditional educational topics such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.

Advancing Education in Muslim Societies: Mapping Developmental Values and Competencies among Students and Teachers in Fourteen Muslim Communities.

This presentation shares the results of an empirical study among students in secondary schools and higher education as well as teachers and university instructors in 14 locations in Muslim majority societies. The research, conducted in 2019-2020 academic year, surveyed close to 20000 participants’ attitudes and beliefs about constructs that promote developmental values and competencies such as empathy, sense of belonging, gratitude, meaning making, and emotional regulation and others.

Presenters: Dr. Ilham Nasser
Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss
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New Developments in Nonformal Education

Non-formal education (NFE) is an under-studied but vital component of education systems around the world. In fall 2020, graduate students explored the history, tradition, principles, and examples of NFE in action. They studied examples of both established and new social movements. This team of graduate students and experts will present the results of their studies on the evolving NFE phenomenon.   

Panelists: Michael Gibbons, Jessica Coke, and Eden Rivera
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AU in Panama: Panama Bilingüe and Panama Teach
Recording Forthcoming

The School of Education’s Institute for Innovation and Education (IIE) will highlight its ongoing relationship with Panama’s education community. Hear about the success of the Panama Bilingüe program and how SOE partnered with schools across DC to host Panamanian teachers to observe classroom practices and interact with students. The new “Panamateach” project will also share the advancement of continuous professional development for Panamanian teachers.

Presenters: Dr. Jermain Griffin and Danielle Sodani


PUSHOUT Virtual Screening

Join the School of Education at American University for a free screening of PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. This powerful documentary takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., the documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education.

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AU SOE Panel Discussion


Watch the recorded panel discussion moderated by School of Education Dean, Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy with panelists from Washington College of Law and School of Education at American University.