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NEWSLETTER
May 2018
Promoting excellence and transformation in education globally.
Perspectives on J-WEL
Hazel Sive, Professor of Biology and Higher Education Faculty Director:
 
"J-WEL intersects extraordinarily well with many different MIT initiatives that have anything to do with education." 

J-WEL Celebrates One-Year Anniversary 

Over the past year, J-WEL has engaged extensively with the MIT community, awarding over $490,000 in grants to MIT faculty for research in education innovation; worked with organizations such as MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) to send students to South Africa, Italy, and Jordan; and supported the work of MIT’s Refugee Action Hub (ReACT), which develops digital and blended learning opportunities for refugees. J-WEL has also held two J-WEL weeks to date with more than 220 attendees.

J-WEL Executive Director, Dr. Vijay Kumar, commented, “This is just the beginning. It has been an exciting year, pointing to both the tremendous opportunity for making an impactful educational difference globally as well as the hard work ahead to realize it.”

Read about J-WEL's work over the past year, or browse our photo gallery.

J-WEL's pK-12 and Higher Education Collaboratives name 
Spring 2018 Education Innovation Grant recipients 

This spring, J-WEL awarded nearly $400,000 to MIT faculty for their innovative work in diverse areas, including teacher equity practices, mixed realities for K12 STEAM contexts, the pedagogy of endangered languages, and the development of low-cost biology educational materials, among others. Read a detailed description of the HE projects or check out the MIT News feature on both the pK-12 and HE awards.

Upcoming Events

Scratch Day
May 12, worldwide 
Scratch, a free programming tool and online community for children 8-16, promotes creative thinking and collaboration among teaches kids by teaching them how to program their own animations, stories, and games. Learn more about Scratch or host a Scratch Day in your community. 

Higher Education @ J-WEL Curriculum Design Workshop
July 9-20 at MIT
We invite university faculty from any institution to apply, and faculty from J-WEL member universities, for this intensive workshop. Participants will develop a rubric for curriculum design, MIT-style, and leave with implementation-ready curriculum. Applicable to individual faculty or groups wishing to effect major curriculum redesign across a discipline. 
Sign up or apply by May 21.  


Connected Learning Summit
August 1-3 at MIT 
With a unique focus on cross-sector connections and progressive and catalytic innovation, this event brings together leading researchers, educators, and developers. The program includes a mix of engaging presentation and workshop formats ranging from speculative design to game walkthroughs, sharing work in progress, and research panels.
Register now.
For J-WEL Members

Register for upcoming courses/programs:
 
Higher Education @ J-WEL

MIT Management Executive Education & MIT CSAIL
 
MicroMasters programs 
MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management courses:
 
MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy courses:
For the MIT Community

Apply now for a grant in Workplace Learning Innovation. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

Are you doing research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, economics, or public policy? Apply for a Learning Effectiveness MITili grant by June 7. 

Are you an MIT student? Discover opportunities to engage with J-WEL.
Featured News
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Speak at MIT Solve
MIT Solve was created to develop a "global marketplace for social impact innovation," and anyone can submit a solution to MIT Solve's yearly challenges. Two of the four challenges for 2018 directly relate to J-WEL's focus areas: Work of the Future and Teachers and Educators. Read more.


New MIT study defines critical period for learning languages
The researchers used an online quiz to collect data, gathering information on language proficiency for nearly 670,000 people. For those who want to obtain native-level proficiency, language learning should start before the age of 10.
Read more.
Collaborating across the globe to advance corporate learning
J-WEL Executive Director, Dr. Vijay Kumar, and J-WEL Workplace Learning (WPL) Faculty Director, Dr. George Westerman, were interviewed by MIT's Industrial Liaison Program. Find out what they had to say about the future of corporate learning and WPL's chosen areas of focus for engagement with industry leaders. 

OECD estimates 14% of jobs at high risk of automation
The risk for automation is highest for workers at the youngest working age for all countries, with the exception of Russia. It is also highly variable across countries; the study categorizes only 6% of Norwegian jobs as highly automatable, in contrast to 33% of jobs in Slovakia. Read more.
On the J-WEL Website
 
The J-WEL Website shares videos and other resources supporting educational transformation, including both public content and content exclusively available to our members. Visit our library often, as we are constantly adding new materials.
Public Content
Member Content (login required)

Updates From Community Jameel Initiatives @ MIT 

J-PAL: Summer jobs for youth reduce violent crime 
J-PAL North America published a policy brief on the impact of summer youth employment programs on violent crime and incarceration rates. Read more.

J-WAFS: Simple, low-cost E. coli test wins MIT Water Innovation Prize
A student team from Georgia Tech won the $15,000 prize for its simple, inexpensive test for detecting E. coli. The team aims to make the test available in India and the rest of the developing world. Read more.
About J-WEL

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) promotes excellence and transformation in education at MIT and globally by engaging educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees. Through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education. This month, J-WEL celebrates its one-year anniversary.
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