Center for Learning in Practice Joins the International Teacher Task Force

Center for Learning in Practice Joins the International Teacher Task Force

A Global Alliance of Partners Working to Address the “Teacher Gap”

September 10, 2019

Rensselaerville, N.Y. – The Carey Institute for Global Good’sCenter for Learning in Practicehas been accepted asa member of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (Teacher Task Force).

The Carey Institute’s Center for Learning in Practice (CLiP)and its flagship initiative, Refugee Educator Academy, recognize an abundance of quality content, includingteacher training packs, social emotional learningand other critical content areas. CLiPseeks to build upon this knowledge basemaking existing content more widely available in measured,digestible blocks,which teachers can instantly make use of in their unique contexts. By placing participants at the center and building out from their goals, CLiP aimsto develop foundational skills, shared language, immediately useful lessons and materials, and learning design practice mastery. CLiPlooks forward to bringing its expertise to the Teacher Task Force and working with its members.

“Our work is focused on practice on the frontline. Our Sustainable Learning Frameworkisa set of elements that need to be in place in order for organizations to scale and sustain their programs. If we want to realize large-scale change, you have to find a way to improve practitioner performance. Refugee educators,”says Dr. Diana Woolis, Director of the Center for Learning in Practice, “are the epicenter of the future of teacher preparation. If we can find a way to prepare and support them effectively, we will have modeled a future for teacher development around the world.”

In recognition of our accomplishments, the Teacher Task Force, a UNESCO related activity, has accepted the Carey Institute as a member of the multi-stakeholder partnership that includes national governments, intergovernmental organizations and UN agencies, international NGOs, and global private sector organizations and foundations. The Teacher Task Force was created in 2008 and works in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, particularly SDG 4, the goal dedicated to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The work of the Teacher Task Force is further articulated in SDG Target 4.c,which states,“By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states.”

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2016), almost 69 million new teachers need to be recruited around the world to achieve the targets set out in SDG 4. The mandate of the Teacher Task Force is to advocate for, and facilitate the coordination of international efforts to provide sufficient numbers of well-qualified teachers by 2030, the deadline of the SDGs. The Teacher Task Force will provide expert information and data to the SDG Education Steering Committee, particularly on the implementation of the teacher target. The Teacher Task Force also aims to improve teacher quality and teacher quantity in formal and non-formal education settings worldwide, set by its 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan.

The Center for Learning in Practice, the educational arm of the Carey Institute for Global Good, seeks to improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil-society organizations through sustainable-learning programming, research and services. TheRefugee Educator Academy, a flagship initiative of the Center, is a response to a well-documented global crisis: the largest number of refugees in history intersecting with a massive shortage of educators. The Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by William Polk Carey and is dedicated to building a strong, educated and just society. We provide education, tools and resources to practitioners of the global good to help them succeed. We put practitioners first — teachers, journalists, farmers — because we know that they have the power to change their communities and inspire others to do the same.

The Center for Learning in Practice seeks to improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through sustainable learning programming, research and services. Its Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world.”