• The NISSEM Global Briefs launched

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  • UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7

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  • Social and Emotional Learning

    SEL is an important contributor to positive behavioural change, a necessary condition to achieve greater social cohesion and respect for peace, cultural diversity and human rights.

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  • Our aim is to integrate SDG target 4.7 and SEL skills

    ​​​​​​into educational materials

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Upcoming

January 22, 2020

Seminar of NISSEM Global Briefs at UCL Institute of Education, London

NISSEM co-conveners Margaret Sinclair and Andy Smart will co-present with Global Briefs contributor Matthew Jukes of RTI, with discussants including other UK-based contributors.


nine principles

1. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, integrate SDG 4.7 themes into all education strategies
1. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, integrate SDG 4.7 themes into all education strategies

Meaningful progress in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development... Read more

2. Promote Target 4.7 themes through social and emotional learning (SEL)
2. Promote Target 4.7 themes through social and emotional learning (SEL)

SEL is an important contributor to positive behavioural change, a... Read more

3. Engage diverse stakeholders to develop locally relevant materials to promote Target 4.7 themes
3. Engage diverse stakeholders to develop locally relevant materials to promote Target 4.7 themes

In low-resourced and post-conflict settings, textbooks are the main,... Read more

4. Equip teachers to promote student engagement and agency in Target 4.7 by embedding structured pedagogy in student materials
4. Equip teachers to promote student engagement and agency in Target 4.7 by embedding structured pedagogy in student materials

Structured pedagogy is a recognised factor in effective education... Read more

5. Revise educational materials to foster inclusive national and global identities
5. Revise educational materials to foster inclusive national and global identities

Many factors affect how children learn and understand themselves... Read more

6. Measure and monitor Target 4.7 learning in terms of attitudes, behaviour, skills and content knowledge
6. Measure and monitor Target 4.7 learning in terms of attitudes, behaviour, skills and content knowledge

In all domains of learning, educators struggle to measure whether... Read more

7. Invest in rapid, systematic trials of revised teaching and learning materials and use results to improve materials iteratively
7. Invest in rapid, systematic trials of revised teaching and learning materials and use results to improve materials iteratively

Policy makers and planners tend to focus on student enrolments,... Read more

8. Secure donor commitments to contextualize, revise, trial, and finalize Target 4.7 themes and SEL in educational materials
8. Secure donor commitments to contextualize, revise, trial, and finalize Target 4.7 themes and SEL in educational materials

The donor community understands that improving the quality of... Read more

9. In all SDG4/EDUCATION 2030 processes, include actionable recommendations to address Target 4.7.
9. In all SDG4/EDUCATION 2030 processes, include actionable recommendations to address Target 4.7.

The inclusion of Target 4.7 themes and the integration of SEL in... Read more

  • fact 3

    As the main resource for learning in difficult circumstances, the textbook should include Target 4.7 and SEL content relevant to students’ lives, and should aid the teacher through structured pedagogy embedded in the textbook.

  • fact 2

    In low-resource and fragile settings, how can teachers with little training or support turn the SDG Goal 4 into practical teaching and learning?

    Maastricht
  • fact 1

    The Networking to Integrate SDG Target 4.7 and SEL Skills into Educational Materials (NISSEM) group aims to advance the agenda in UN member states to support children and youth in post-conflict and low resource settings and thus build education systems that help young people build a good future for themselves, their country, and the world.

  • fact 4

    Often, stories – from real life or otherwise – can provide the emotional impetus for students to consider a theme or potential action, and begin to form a positive attitude to future action. Youth can help generate these stories, which can indeed model their own positive actions in the workplace (especially in relation to sustainable development, health and social welfare) as well as voluntary work.

  • fact 5

    A core aim of NISSEM is to promote training and create space for writers to explore SEL and its application to Target 4.7 themes, as applicable in the national context; to focus on readability issues; and to encourage the use of structured pedagogy that enables teachers with limited professional background or resources to use active learning methods that can engage the hearts as well as the minds of the students.

  • fact 6

    NISSEM is the outcome of a series of meetings of committed academics and professionals based in the US, UK and Africa. The network (or group) is now actively exploring collaboration with other regions.

Co-conveners

James Williams
James Williams

Professor at GWU Chairholder, GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development and Professor of International Education & International... Read more

Margaret Sinclair
Margaret Sinclair

Consultant on education in emergencies, conflict-sensitive education policies, learning to live together, SDG Target 4.7. Margaret Sinclair,... Read more

Aaron Benavot
Aaron Benavot

Professor, Global Education Policy, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY Aaron Benavot is Professor of Global Education Policy in the... Read more

Colette Chabbott
Colette Chabbott

Adjunct Faculty, International Education Program, George Washington University Dr. Colette Chabbott is an adjunct faculty member in the International... Read more

Andy Smart
Andy Smart

Andy Smart is an education and publishing consultant with a background in teaching and educational and children's publishing. He specialises in... Read more

Jean Bernard
Jean Bernard

My experience in designing and implementing on-the-job training programs began in 1982 with my employment as a language instructor at a medical... Read more

S. Garnett Russell
S. Garnett Russell

S. Garnett Russell is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (https://www.tc.... Read more

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