Educational Institutions

ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL

  • Washington, DC
  • www.acei.org

Mission Statement

ACEI has been a leader in the international education landscape since 1892. Its work advances policies and best practices in education on a global scale to build a more tolerant and peaceful world, and prepare today's youth for tomorrow's challenges. ACEI's mission is “to promote innovative solutions to education challenges and inspire action that creates positive, sustainable futures for children and youth worldwide," and believes that every child should have access to a quality education which prepares him or her to become a responsible and engaged citizen. The organization advocates on behalf of children's education with actors at the global, regional, and national levels.

Main Programs

  1. Education Diplomacy
  2. Global Citizenship Education
  3. Education Innovation
Service Areas

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International

Throughout all 50 states and internationally.

ruling year

1952

Principal Officer

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Diane Whitehead

Keywords

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Childhood Education, Teacher Preparation

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Also Known As

ACEI

EIN

53-0204666

Physical Address

1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Through our programs, ACEI reaches a community that includes 50,000 teachers, school administrators, university faculty, community-based service providers, child advocates, and representatives from the non-government, government, and private sectors. More than 500 individuals representing 70 countries, including the United States, participate in our events, such as the 2017 Institute of the Center for Education Diplomacy.

The Center for Education Diplomacy, a new initiative, uses the tools of diplomacy to advance education worldwide; a concept, which has garnered interest from the U.S. Department of State, the Global Campaign for Education, and UNICEF, equips education advocates with the tools they need to create lasting change in their communities.

ACEI's Global Schools First (GSF) program contributes to the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) movement by offering schools worldwide an array of resources, support systems, and event-based learning opportunities to implement quality GCED and effectively develop global citizens.

Our various publications focus on innovation in education, globally applicable education research, and the experience of childhood around the world through informative and inspirational stories about children, and about projects and campaigns that provide quality education, care, and support to children and youth in diverse communities and circumstances.

ACEI's Global Guidelines for Education and Care in the 21st Century, a collaborative effort among 80 international early care and education experts from 27 countries, was designed to create quality early care and education environments for young children around the world. The Guidelines have been used in over 35 nations and translated into 11 languages.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education Diplomacy

Progress toward the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals requires partnerships, collaboration, and cooperative action at the international, national, and local levels. A sustainable future depends upon the advancement of education as a bridge to peace, prosperity, and innovative solutions to complex global challenges. Educators around the world must acquire a new set of skills that goes beyond traditional leadership and advocacy.

ACEI developed the concept of Education Diplomacy, which employs diplomatic skills to cultivate understanding, trust, and agreement on initiatives that support this global vision of education for tomorrow. It is an approach that fosters productive, dynamic relationships within the education community, and between education and other sectors, like healthcare, social services, technology, media, business, and finance.

Examples of Education Diplomacy in action are:
Negotiating international goals, declarations, and agreements for education
Collaborating with community members to implement child-centered education services
Partnering with government ministries to develop locally relevant education policies

ACEI’s Center for Education Diplomacy, our core program for leadership in education, is the world’s leading knowledge hub for this innovative concept. Visit the Center at www.educationdiplomacy.org to learn more about our Education Diplomacy course and other ways to explore the concept and its practical application.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Global Citizenship Education

A global world requires a global education. With today's interconnected world virtually at our fingertips, there is greater potential for collaboration, creativity and innovation than ever before. Yet this increased access and integration across national, social and racial boundaries also presents risks and challenges in the face of persistent intolerance and inequality.

That's why thriving in the 21st century - as individuals and as a planet - requires more than traditional academics. It requires a global education that promotes cross-cultural awareness and the peace-building values of diversity, social justice, human rights and sustainable development.

Global Schools First (GSF) supports the global education movement by oddering schools worldwide an array of resources, support systems and event-based learning opportunities to help optimize their curriculum.

GSF also provides a platform to assess schools' progress in embedding global education into their curriculum and across all aspects of their faculty, leadership and culture. The program will recognize individual schools' outstanding achievements, and illuminate pathways for growth as they move toward their global education goals.

GSF is designed for schools committed to fostering generations of enlightened learners who are prepared to engage in the process of creating a more peaceful, just and sustainable future.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Education Innovation

Innovation moves us beyond where we are, bringing us closer to where we need to be. ACEI’s mission is based on advancing innovations in education to provide transformative solutions that meet the needs and challenges of our global world—and now more than ever before, innovation is the way forward.

It is widely known that education is the key to social and economic progress. Today’s education innovation movement believes that a quality education should also promote better health, democratic participation, gender equality, and environmental sustainability—leading us to a more peaceful, prosperous world. As we move further into the 21st century, we must move toward a new standard of global education that puts this ambitious belief into practice.

ACEI’s Innovation Exchange program allows for knowledge sharing through our website and publications about topics including emerging trends and ideas in curriculum, assessment, education financing, school design, technology, school leadership, professional development for educators, and other critical issues. We are committed to being an educator’s primary resource for exploring innovative initiatives and ideas in education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ACEI works to provide a forum for a discussion about childhood and education around the world, and to distribute information about the optimal education, development, and well-being of children. We seek to increase cross-disciplinary collaboration and sharing for the benefit of children and to provide tools and resources for educators that contribute to sustainable futures for all and promote internationally accepted humanitarian values in delivery of education and the rights of children.

    ACEI's goals are aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the global community. Specifically, SDG 4 - to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. ACEI's specific goals are that:

    1. Countries make measurable progress toward education-related SDGs (primarily SDG 4)
    2. Innovation becomes the driving force behind improving school achievement globally
    3. Classrooms worldwide reflect the integration of global education awareness
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ACEI advocates on behalf of children's education with audiences at the global, regional, and national levels. To engage governments, schools and school systems, non-profits, and the private sector in advancing its mission, ACEI utilizes a full suite of advocacy and information distribution tools and tactics, in particular:

    Convening through content-specific conferences, trainings, meetings, symposia; in-person or virtual; alone or in partnership with others;

    Outreach through digital/print publications and communications, website, social media, marketing, direct service;

    And through aggregating, “curating" and sharing innovative practices; original research in partnership with others.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Among mission-driven organizations working on child development and education, ACEI is uniquely positioned to work at the intersection of our three main programmatic areas to advance accessible, equitable, quality education for all.

    Diplomacy- because ACEI has already taken a lead in this area; Innovation- because throughout ACEI's history it has shown an interest in the new and the inventive aspects of education; and Recognition- because ACEI has a long history as a leading authority which validates its position to provide recognition.

    This integrated strategy allows ACEI to differentiate itself from its traditional competitors and craft a much more relevant, compelling identity for donors, supporters, and educators worldwide. These initiatives align with ACEI's traditional concern for the most vulnerable children of the world. Education Diplomacy, for instance, can address such issues as child poverty, child labor, and migration; the Innovation Exchange (publications) can highlight approaches to challenging educational and life circumstances; and Global Schools First will provide context-appropriate resources and information on global awareness.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Growing our international audience and participation will be a measure of our progress toward increasing global sharing and cooperation on efforts to advocate for quality education and children's rights.

    Participation in, presentation at, and attendance by individuals from a growing number of countries at our conferences, summits, and institutes will indicate that we are successfully reaching a global audience and facilitating sharing about best practices and universal values across borders.

    We also look to an increased international authorship and readership of our publications as a measure of our success in disseminating information and providing a voice for advocates of quality education and enhanced protection for children.

    As we connect with a growing network of organizations working in various disciplines that intersect with children's education and well-being, we will be promoting quality education and advocating for child rights in a multi-pronged approach that will have a broader impact.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    ACEI has always aspired to be a leader in innovation to advance childhood education, and has accomplished the following:

    Founded the Center for Education Diplomacy, our core program for leadership in education, and is the world's leading knowledge hub for this innovative concept. Education Diplomacy employs diplomatic skills to cultivate understanding, trust, and agreement on initiatives that support this global vision of education for tomorrow. It is an approach that fosters productive, dynamic relationships within the education community, and between education and other sectors, like healthcare, social services, technology, media, business, and finance.

    Fully accredited by IACET, ACEI Developed an online course on Education Diplomacy, which is applicable to those working in education, health, development, diplomatic positions, public service, and the private sector. The course promotes inter-disciplinary knowledge and the cultivation of diplomatic skills and dispositions that will facilitate navigation of difficult contexts and complex issues in order to promote human development. Development of a second, more in-depth course is underway.

    Established a Country Liaisons program that provides information about education and childhood-related policies and activities in 50 countries.

    Shares knowledge through our Innovation Exchange program via our website and three publications: Childhood Education, Childhood Explorer and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. These publications focus on emerging trends and ideas in curriculum, assessment, education financing, school design, technology, school leadership, professional development for educators, and many other critical issues. We are committed to being an educator's primary resource for exploring innovative initiatives and ideas in education.

    Publishes articles written by authors and organizations from around the world who are working to support quality education and protect children's rights and well-being. ACEI's research journal features articles that advance knowledge and theory of education.

    Currently building ACEI's Global Schools First (GSF) program, that contributes to the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) movement by offering schools worldwide an array of resources, support systems, and event-based learning opportunities to implement quality GCED and effectively develop global citizens.

    Creating an International Code of Ethics for Educators, which will be a universal instrument that reflects internationally accepted humanitarian values, United Nations treaties, and other international agreements. It may be adapted and applied by educators around the world as a tool for critical reflection and professional aspirations.

    Working to strengthen representation in more areas of the world and to increase connections with child-oriented disciplines outside the education field.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Throughout all 50 states and internationally.

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ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Diane Whitehead

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christine Chen

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?