Lessons in learning

first_imgWhat does Logan Square in Chicago have in common with Northern Iraq? For the authors of “Lessons from Logan Square: A Case for Community Engagement,” a paper presented at last week’s Global Education Conference, the answer is: A lot.Both have endured violence, trauma, and a shifting multi-ethnic immigrant population, the speakers said. But one can learn from the other about how to secure better education for their children.To outsiders, such a proposal may seem far-fetched. But not to master’s students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), who, as part of the course “Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective,” craft proposals on how to improve educational opportunity around the world.According to 2011 United Nations report, 28 million children worldwide miss school because of violence in their communities. The proposals featured at the conference, “Learning to Change the World,” highlighted the challenges to education presented by war and other conflict.Emma Bowell and co-authors Emily Pope, Nicole Starkey, and Shreya Mallavarapu said the example of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association could teach people in Iraq how to increase community engagement and reduce school segregation along ethnic or religious lines. The neighborhood in northwest Chicago at one point was so violent that the Chicago Sun-Times called it the “New murder hot spot: Hip Logan Square.” But with a Community Learning Center and a parent mentor program, the association “succeeded in rallying parents, teachers and local officials to improve schools in Logan Square,” Bowell said.“With some adaptations, these programs could be used in Northern Iraq to engage families and community members in schools, thus helping to build social networks and promote religious and ethnic inclusion,” she said.Other panelists discussed the shortage of teachers in rural Sudan, educational inequality in South Africa, and the need to provide education to Syrian migrants in refugee camps. They also covered issues such as how to teach 21st-century skills to Pakistani youth and foster peace education in Gaza, where co-authors Tatiana Shevchenko, Caitlin Vaka, and Megan Wilhelm, Ati Waldman said that a program that teaches problem-solving and peacemaking through games could be a solution. The program has succeeded in Colombia, a country wracked by a four-decade civil war.In developing their own policy recommendations to improve education worldwide, the students develop policy-analysis skills, said Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program.“We’re preparing the leaders in international development and teaching them how to change the world,” said Reimers. “Students have to write papers about real issues and help organizations with real problems they face.”Throughout the course, students team up with officers working for UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, in different parts of the world. They UN officers give the students information about the educational challenges they confront, and the students research and present policy recommendations that can be put in practice in the field.“That’s one of the beauties of the course,” said Maung Nyeu, a teaching fellow and HGSE doctoral candidate. “Students get input and feedback from UNICEF officers who take their recommendations and use them. And when students graduate, they become researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.”To help students reach a wider audience, representatives from the World Bank, Save the Children, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID attended the conference. Among them were Charlie McCormack, former CEO of Save the Children and a fellow with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative; Atif Rafique, an education specialist with UNICEF; and Charles North, a senior administrator with USAID.The chance to meet leaders in the international development field was one of the event’s highlights, said Shajia Sarfraz. Sarfraz, who grew up in the capital Islamabad, researched how to teach 21st-century skills to children in Pakistan.“It is so important to meet with the practitioners in the field and make sure that our research is useful not just in academia, but as a way of making real impact,” she said.last_img read more

UW resumes Big Ten schedule at Indiana

first_imgFriday night,the 13th-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team starts off the Big Ten season in fullswing. After an uncharacteristic mid-December match with Ohio State, theBadgers start on the road tonight with Indiana. Indiana, currently ranked 17thin the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA coaches? poll, brings plenty of competition tothe mat for the Badgers, and head coach Barry Davis knows that rankings don?tmatter once it comes time to grapple.?If you lookat the matchups right now, on paper they?re probably favored,? Davis said.The Hoosiersreturn eight starters from last year?s 13-5 team. Of those eight, four earnedAll-American status, led by sophomore and currently undefeated 125-pounderAngel Escobedo. Last year, Escobedo beat current senior Collin Cudd 2-0, andCudd knows he will have to wrestle his style to end Escobedo?s streak.?He?s a realtechnical wrestler,? Cudd said. ?He stays in good position the whole time. So Ithink my strategy is to stay in good position as well but to wrestle at my paceand at a higher pace than what he?s normal to. Take him out of his positions,wear him down and make him tired and wrestle my match and not at his level.?While 125pounds will be a key matchup, perhaps the most interesting comes at the157-pound weight class. The Badgers will send NCAA runner-up Craig Henning tothe mat to take on Hoosier All-American Brandon Becker. Henning is currently16-1 and ranked second behind Illinois? Mike Poeta, the man who handed Henninghis only loss this season. Becker is ranked ninth and sitting on a 12-2 record.But these two are no strangers to each other.Henning lostjust three matches last season, and all three came at the hands of Becker. Infact, Henning is 0-5 lifetime against the Hoosier senior. Davis knows that nowwould be a good time for Henning to change his ways.?I see Craignow, he?s starting to really step up and really pick up his intensity,? Davissaid. ?He?s got a little extra edge to him and that?s good. That means he?sgetting himself ready for not this match, but the matches to come. But I cansee him more focused, a little more edge when he competes, which is good. Itold him the other day, off the mat, ?You?ve got to be disciplined.? If he doesthat part, and we coaches do our part, it should work out. But this is animportant match to him. He?s never beaten the kid. It?d be nice to get thatfirst win against him. I think he pays attention to detail, we get somedifferent results.?Henning, alongwith the rest of the Badgers, had a busy Christmas break. While most studentshad the chance to sit back and relax over break, the cardinal and white were onthe road, recording a 5-1 record over break with four duals in Texas, one inIowa State and one in Oklahoma. The lone loss came at then-8th-ranked IowaState, a team that had been the top-ranked team in the nation earlier in theseason.?I thought wewrestled well in those duals, had some big wins in those duals,? Davis said.?At Iowa State we looked a little flat. We came out strong at the first twoweights, but that might have hurt us in the dual. I told the guys, ?Hey, you?rea match away from beating one of the best teams.? And they responded prettywell with Oklahoma. Now it?s Big Ten time, and that?s a whole different ballgame.?Indeed, thetime is now. Last season the Badgers finished 5-3 in the Big Ten and arecurrently off to a 0-1 start after a loss at Ohio State last month. The Badgersknow that now is the time to get the ball rolling and to put the pieces oftheir puzzle together.?This is thetime of year when we?ve really got to buckle down and focus,? Cudd said. ?[Davis]is kind of walking us through that. He?s been preparing for this the wholeseason, kind of getting everything right ? eating habits, sleeping habits ? nowwe?ve really got to put that in practice and make sure it?s perfect.?last_img read more

England’s U16s complete a clean sweep

first_img13 Oct 2015 England’s U16s complete a clean sweep England’s U16 boys completed a clean sweep of their autumn Home International series when they beat Ireland 10½-5½ at Templepatrick Golf Club, near Belfast.The team had earlier beaten Scotland 16-9 and Wales 11-9. This is the second year in a row that they have won all three matches.In Ireland, the team won all three sessions of foursomes, fourballs and singles and three England players won all their matches: Angus Flanagan of Surrey, Ben Jones of Northamptonshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire.Steve Burnett, the England Golf Men’s Performance Manager, said: “This caps off a great series of three matches. The venue was fantastic, with excellent greens, and the boys performed very well. There was some very good golf from both sides.”The team which played Ireland was: Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool), Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Barclay Brown (Hallamshire), Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill), Harry Goddard  (Hanbury Manor), Ben Jones (Brampton Heath) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).The same eight players, together with Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) and Luke Kelly (Ashton-under-Lyne), played against Scotland.The team against Wales was Goddard, Flanagan and Kelly, together with Harvey Byers (Walton Heath), Thomas Plumb (Sherborne), George Saunders (Meon Valley), Taylor Stote (Burnham & Berrow) and James Wilson (Tyneside).last_img read more