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2011 Global Workshop on
Education and Development:
From Evidence to Action 

August 22-25, 2011

Arlington, Virginia

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in the 2011 USAID Global Workshop on Education and Development: From Evidence to Action. This workshop attracted about 400 professionals from around the world, including other government agencies, the donor community, implementing partners, and from USAID.

We have developed the website for your use to explore the wide variety of topics we covered. You will find the

  • Workshop program
  • USAID Education Strategy
  • Summaries of and materials from the plenary and concurrent sessions.
The goals of the workshop were to demonstrate the strategic importance of education in achieving U.S. Government development goals and to provide the technical foundation to enable evidence-based implementation of the USAID Education Strategy and USAID Forward Principles. I hope you find the information and insights exchanged here helpful and even inspirational as we strive on in pursuit of our shared goals.


Richard W. Whelden
Director, Office of Education
U.S. Agency for International Development

To access materials from the workshop, please select one of the links below.

The Full Agenda The full agenda includes links to one page summaries, PowerPoint presentations, and any handouts distributed in the session.

Daily Briefings- a brief synopsis of all sessions for each day
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011

To view the full program, please click here: 2011 USAID Global Workshop on Education and Development: From Evidence to Action

To access the new USAID Education Strategy please click here: 2011 USAID Education Strategy

USAID Global Workshop on Education and Development: From Evidence to Action, August 22-26, 2011
GOALS: To demonstrate the strategic importance of education in achieving USG development goals, and
To provide the technical foundation to enable evidence-based implementation of the USAID Education Strategy and
USAID Forward Operating Principles.
KEY:  General Topics   Capacity Building and Participant Training (CBT)   Early Grade Reading (EGR)   Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)   Crisis/Conflict Settings (CC)   Finance (FIN)   Higher Ed (HE)   Workforce (WF)   Youth (Y)
Monday, August 22
Tuesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 24
Thursday, August 25
Morning Coffee Break – Doors Open to the Public—ICT Petting Zoo Opens
Plenary 1
Plenary 5
Plenary 7
Plenary 2
Breakout Session 3
  1. Assessment Approaches and Application:
    The Basics of Measurement and Assessment for Policy Dialogue and Action
  2. (ICT) Leveraging Technology for Education in Complex and Challenging Environments
  3. Education and Conflict: What Do We Know?
  4. School-to-Work Transition:
    Linking Workforce Development with Entrepreneurship
  5. Strengths and Weaknesses of Financing Modalities
Breakout Session 5
  1. If You Print it, Will They Read It?
    Aligning Standards, Curriculum, and Reading Material to Ensure Success
  2. ICT for Public/Private Sector Partnership:
    Maximizing Opportunities for Scale and Impact
  3. Increasing Equitable Access in Higher Education:
    Admissions and Distance Learning
  4. Examining the Youth, Economic Engagement and Conflict Nexus:
    How Youth Economic Empowerment can Enhance Stability
  5. Capacity-Building: Models of Program Implementation
Breakout Session 7
  1. Improving Literacy Instruction:
    Lessons Learned from Latin America
  2. Assistive Technology and Education
  3. Higher Education and Work Force Development:
    Transition to Entrepreneurship and Employment
  4. Experiences in Positive Youth Development
  5. Capacity Development:
    Exchange Visitor and Participant Training Policy and Procedures
Lunch Discussion:
Breakout Session 1
  1. Supporting the Evaluation Policy:
    Improving the Quality of Evaluation Design
  2. Gender Issues and the Education Strategy
  3. Effective Principles of Inclusion and Disability Programming
  4. Higher Education Institution Assessments
  5. Introduction to Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD)
Plenary 6
Plenary 8
Plenary 9
Afternoon Coffee Break—Daily Demonstrations at ICT Petting Zoo
Breakout Session 2
  1. From Assessment to Action:
    Designing Reading Interventions to Reach Goal 1
  2. Increasing Capacity for and Quality of Research in Higher Education
  3. Youth Development, the Challenge of Complexity and Size:
    Cross-Sectoral and Systems Approaches to Programs
  4. Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  5. (CBT) Capacity Development: Working with Government Ministries and Non-Government Organizations
Breakout Session 4
  1. Teach the Teachers (and Their Supervisors):
    System Strengthening for Improving Teacher Effectiveness
  2. Integrating Preparedness and Recovery Planning into Education Programs
  3. Financing Education Services in Crisis and Conflict- Affected Situations
  4. Application of Science and Technology for Development
  5. Innovative Evaluation Approaches for Youth Employment
  6. Managing Activities to Minimize Vulnerabilities and Maximize Accountability
Breakout Session 6
  1. Contributions of School Management, Governance and Accountability,
    and Community Participation to Children’s Learning Outcomes:
    A Conversation
  2. Open Educational Resources:
    Increasing Access While Improving Quality
  3. Assessing Conflict for Improved Education Programs
  4. Financing in Higher Education: Increasing Access
  5. An Economist and an Education Specialist Get Off a Plane:
    Assessing Workforce Development Systems from Private Sector and Institutional Perspectives
The Way Forward for USAID
Friday, August 26 is reserved for activities in the Ronald Reagan Building:

  • Field Officer meetings with Regional Bureaus (arranged by Regional Bureau Education Teams) and
  • Additional training sessions for participant training staff on policies and TraiNet/VCS software (arranged by EGAT/ED Participant Training Team); Jakarta Room

Note: The “ICT Petting Zoo” will be open throughout the workshop.

For questions related to the 2011 Education Workshop,
please contact Rachel Kozolup at rkozolup@jbsinternational.com