Watch the full video of the launch event here.
On 28 April 2022, UNESCO hosted an online event to celebrate the release of the third volume of NISSEM’s Global Briefs, an open-access collection of papers edited by NISSEM Co-conveners Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair. The third edition of the Global Briefs features thirteen papers from around the globe that describe a variety of approaches to conceptualizing, facilitating and assessing social and emotional learning (SEL) – broadly defined as a process that supports children’s emotional development and helps them to build healthy social relationships, self-esteem and agency.
The webinar was moderated by Sobhi Tawil, Director of Learning and Innovation at UNESCO, with opening remarks by Stefania Giannini UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education and an overview of the Global Briefs by NISSEM Co-convener Aaron Benavot were followed by presentations from four contributors to the volume, each shedding light on the process of implementing SEL in non-Western contexts.
The follow-up discussion addressed questions and concerns from participants from around the globe, centering mainly on implications for training and support for teachers as they integrate SEL into their teaching practice. Panelists stressed the need for teachers to build on what they already know and do, but also to gain more structured knowledge and to co-create contextualized strategies for prioritizing and nurturing SEL competencies their classrooms. Developing strategies and assessment tools must be based on a shared understanding among all implementers, including school leaders and teachers, of SEL concepts and processes, using familiar terms.
In her concluding remarks, Cecilia Barbieri, Chief of the Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education at UNESCO, reflected on the contributors’ experiences of actively involving teachers and communities in the process of bringing SEL to life in their local contexts. These studies from the NISSEM Global Briefs bring into focus the view that SEL that “is not, in itself, an outcome to be achieved, but a process in which to engage broadly” in diverse educational settings. Further research in this dimension, especially from the Global South, will continue to inform UNESCO’s vision of humanistic and holistic education and ultimately result in lasting transformations.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We are now seeking proposals for the next volume of Global Briefs. This will be the first volume to focus on a particular discipline and will include two parts:
Part 1: Teaching reading, writing and literature
Part 2: Teaching English as a second language
See the NGB IV Concept Note for details.
On 28th April, NISSEM published its third volume of Global Briefs: Social and Emotional Learning in Context. The open access publication was launched at a webinar, entitled 'What does SEL mean in your context?' hosted by UNESCO HQ.
With opening words by Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO, the webinar was moderated by Sobhi Tawil, Director, Future of Learning and Innovation and featured four contributors to the volume:
View the NISSEM Global Briefs: Social and emotional learning in context here.
A link to the video recording of the webinar will be made available soon.
"New Taliban in Afghanistan -- Old Wine in New Bottles"
February 17, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
RSVP at go.gwu.edu/UNESCO Naidoo Event
The Vietnam National Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES) and NISSEM jointly hosted a ground-breaking international conference on learning transversal competencies in ASEAN* countries and their neighbors. The day-long virtual event commemorated the 60th anniversary of the founding of VNIES with a clear eye to the future. The three distinguished keynote speakers challenged over 200 participants from around the region and the globe to reflect on what ‘transversal competencies’ are and how to better put them into practice in schools and institutions of learning. Follow-up exchanges featuring panel discussions moderated by NISSEM explored regional and national innovations in policy, research and practice, planning and implementation in Asia.
A volume of papers by the presenters of the Conference will be jointly published later in 2022.
The day’s sessions may be viewed in their entirety at the links below:
*Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
NISSEM and Teachers College, Columbia University co-organised two webinars in December 2020 and January 2021 on "Civic Responsibility, Textbooks and Pedagogy in a Time of Rapid Change. The presentations featured the authors of three related background papers commissioned by UNESCO's Futures of Education Commission. In the first session, NISSEM co-conveners Aaron Benavot and Andy Smart joined Helen Haste (University of Bath), Vidur Chopra (Teachers' College) and Michele Schweisfurth (University of Glasgow), while in the second session, James Williams (George Washington University) contributed to the NISSEM presentation on textbooks and pedagogy. Both webinars were moderated by Noah Sobe of UNESCO and Loyola University.
Offering their reactions to the pressing issues and innovative ideas brought to light by the presenters were Mohammad Mahboob Morshed of the BRAC Institute of Educational Development (11 December) and Enrique Chaux, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (7 January).
You are invited to watch full recordings of the two webinars On the Futures of Education: Civic Responsibility, Pegagogy and Textbooks on the NISSEM YouTube channel. The links below will take you there:
NISSEM was selected by UNESCO to write one of 20 background papers that informs a global report by the Futures of Education Commission. Led by the President of Ethiopia, Her Excellency President Sahle-Work Zewde, the Commission looked to “reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet”. The Futures of Education: Learning to Become report will lay out an agenda for education policy dialogue and action at multiple levels. Watch the Futures of Education video here.
The background paper has been published by UNESCO and will be acknowledged in the final Futures of Education: Learning to Become report to be published in November 2021. In addition, NISSEM organized webinars with the Teacher's College and UNESCO around this paper and two others.
You can find NISSEM's paper HERE.
Smart, A.T., Sinclair, M., Benavot, A., Bernard, J., Chabbott, C., Russell, S. G.and Williams, J. 2020. Learning for uncertain futures: The role of textbooks, curriculum, and pedagogy. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report (2020).
During the proceedings of the 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development attended by some 150 teacher educators from around the world, NISSEM co-convener Aaron Benavot gave a presentation entitled “Integrating cognitive, social/emotional and behavioral learning in the teaching of education for sustainability and global citizenship: Recent findings and insights.” He used this occasion to report key findings from the new UNESCO publication “Educational Content Up Close” to which NISSEM provided critical inputs, as well as an overview of the NISSEM Global Briefs. Watch a video of Dr. Benavot's presentation here.
On 8 January 2020, Margaret Sinclair, Matthew Jukes (RTI) and Andy Smart presented NISSEM Global Briefs within a Centre for Education and International Development seminar at University College London's Institute of Education. Discussants were Juliet Millican (Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex), Rae Snape (headteacher, Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge) and Sébastien Hine (consultant, former contributor to GEM Report 2019). NISSEM's profile in the UK continues to grow.