previous and upcoming events

NISSEM draws attention to SEL and SDG 4.7 in textbooks at Salzburg Global Seminar

Dec 08, 2019 to Dec 12, 2019

NISSEM co-convenor Margaret Sinclair spoke at a recent Salzburg Global Seminar (8-12 December) on the importance of reflecting SEL and its application to SDG 4.7 themes in textbooks and education materials, both in terms of content and embedded pedagogy.


Panel discussion on social-emotional learning at RTI International, Washington DC

Dec 09, 2019

RTI International and NISSEM hosted a lively panel discussion examining recent donor policies on SEL and the NISSEM Global Briefs. Panelists included representatives from the donor community, authors of several of the briefs and experts from current programs, each of whom discussed their experiences and lessons learned from implementing SEL in early grade reading activities, crisis and conflict areas, and low-resource settings. 


Presentation and discussion of NISSEM Global Briefs at World Bank headquarters

Oct 02, 2019

Jean Bernard, Colette Chabbott, S. Garnett Russell, Margaret Sinclair, Andy Smart and James Williams presented.






NISSEM Global Briefs Launch at Creative Associates, October 1 2019

Oct 01, 2019

Creative Associates International hosted a launch of NISSEM Global Briefs at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Speakers included Global Briefs contributors Susan Hirsch-Ayari of Creative Associates and Paul Frank of SIL LEAD alongside Jean Bernard, Colette Chabbott, Margaret Sinclair and Andy Smart from NISSEM. The full October 1 presentation can be viewed here.

                                          Image of Margaret Sinclair presenting at Creative Associates event



4th International Conference on GCED: Pedagogy and Practice, Seoul, 3-4 September 2019

Sep 05, 2019

On 4 September 2019, NISSEM co-convener Andy Smart gave the NISSEM Global Briefs its first public outing at this event attended by over 1,000 registered guests. On the stage with Andy Smart are (left to right) Jane Nyaga, assistant director, Curriculum and Research Services Department, Secondary Education Division, Social Sciences Section of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD); Dr. Jayanthi Gunasekera, director general of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Sri Lanka; and Nader Hadifeh, advisor to the minister of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in Lebanon.



UNESCO Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education, Hanoi

Jul 02, 2019 to Jul 03, 2019

The Global Forum in Hanoi saw the launch of a global research report on education for sustainable development and global citizenship in 10 countries commissioned by UNESCO and prepared by NISSEM in partnership with the  Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) at the University of Saskatchewan.  The findings of the study were formally presented by NISSEM co-convener Aaron Benavot at the opening plenary session and futher discussed at a plenary town hall co-led by Marcia McKenzie of SEPN. The report, entitled 'ESD and GCED Up Close' is currently being finalized and will be soon be available to the general public. Watch a video featuring Aaron and Marcia reflecting on the the study here. 













NISSEM Global Briefs UK launched at UKFIET, Oxford

Sep 18, 2019

The NISSEM Global Briefs: Educating for the social, the emotional and the sustainable was launched at a UKFIET seminar organised jointly by NISSEM and CELL (Conflict and Learning Laboratory, Maastricht) beginning at 1:30 pm. The new online publication features diverse perspectives from over 60 contributors addressing global and local challenges on how to integrate SEL and SDG 4.7 themes into textbooks and other education materials. Global Briefs lead editors, Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair, introduced the online volume during the session, 'From Divisive Stereotypes to Inclusive Identitities', chaired by Atif Rizvi of Cell. 






CIES Conference 2019, San Francisco

Apr 14, 2019

On April 16 of this year, NISSEM held an event called "What's Love Got to Do with It? The Role of Social and Emotional Skills in Sustaining Learning in Low-Income and Post-Conflict Contexts" at the Hyatt Regency Atrium during CIES 2019.

Organised by Professor James Williams of George Washington University, please find the event resources here.


On February 1-2 of this year, NISSEM held an event called "Advancing SDG Target 4 in Post-Conflict and Low-Resource Settings: Integrating SDG Target 4.7 Themes and SEL Skills into Textbooks and Other Education Materials" at the George Washington University.

Presenters included representatives from USAID, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Creative Associates, George Mason University, the Global Book Alliance, the Mercy Corps, and the NISSEM core team. 

A full agenda can be found here and copies of all events's Powerpoints here. For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.