Education Migration Crisis

SIFE:  Students with Interrupted Formal Education

Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released today, shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.

Within the 70.8 million figure in the Global Trends report are three main groups.


The first is refugees, meaning people forced to flee their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees who are under the care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

The second group is asylum seekers – people outside their country of origin and receiving international protection, but awaiting the outcome of their claim to refugee status. At the end of 2018 there were 3.5 million asylum seekers globally.

The third and biggest group, at 41.3 million, is people displaced to other areas within their own country, a category commonly referred to as Internally Displaced People or IDPs.

In 2018, every second refugee was a child, many (111,000) alone and without their families.

When we think of schools across the globe…

One category of students has some of the greatest instructional – and social and emotional – needs.

These Students with Interrupted Formal Education, or SIFE, have limited or no experience with education in their home countries and, in nearly all cases, have experienced trauma.

I visited school districts in Nashville a few months ago to find out how they were managing the 1000 new Engligh learners annually many of whom have experienced trauma. Find out more

UNICEF and Microsoft have joined forces to tackle the education crisis affecting children and young people on the move.

Under the partnership, UNICEF and Microsoft will develop a  ‘learning passport’ – a digital, personalized platform that will ensure displaced children and young people can continue their studies and have their achievements recorded, wherever they are.

When a child or young person’s education is disrupted the consequences can last a lifetime, making it difficult for them to sit exams, gain the certificates that validate their learning and skills, and ultimately, find work as adults.

Full blog from Microsoft here

More from UNICEF here

AI in Education

It’s not easy knowing where to start when it comes to AI in Education.  Leverage some of the resources below to learn more, read how your peers are using AI and connect with us.


AI tools being used today 



Looking forward to binging an amazing panel together to discuss AI in education  Thursday Sept 19, 2019 1 to 3pm EST

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Education Leadership: Propelled by a culture of contribution

Looking forward to sharing insights, research and learning at the following events and taking the time to listen and learn from the expert practioners across the globe.

I might see you there!


The Five Generation School?

A profound but mostly unrecognized demographic and economic trend is unfolding around the world says Dominic Endicott & Johns Sviokla in the Summer 2019 edition of Strategy + Business.

They note that an impact of increased average lifespan is that, for the first time in recorded history, four generations can routinely expect to be alive at the same time!


The longevity revolution, they state, is putting massive strains on all social systems- employment, retirement, healthcare, housing, transportation, and food as well as the environment and has significant implications for education.

It’s entirely possible right now for up to 5 generation to be represented in an education institution.  In fact here is a story of a 100 year-old woman from Massachusetts finally securing her high school diploma!…the number of generations co-existing could be 5!

Let’s imagine, if currently a school/ institution leader were in their 70’s (Boomer), staff could well be in their 40’s-50’s (Gen X) with early career teachers in their 20’s-30s (Gen Y) possibly supervising final year teaching graduates from Gen Z all of whom are now potentially teaching the Alpha generation .

The eldest members of this generation started kindergarten a couple of years ago but in 2050 (when they turn 40) the Generation Alpha population is predicted to reach 35 million. When all the members of this generation have been born, they will number almost two billion.


One of the most challenging aspects of managing multiple generations in the workplace is getting each group to respect the unique talents of the other says Janice Robinson-Celeste, contributor for Huffington Post

Advice offered includes:
Creating Teams of Multigenerational Employees Can Help
  • Help each generation to understand each other and to work more effectively together. Host an initial training on each generational style and characteristics.
  • Create effective multigenerational teams by publicly identifying each person’s skills in the group. i.e., “Richard has years of experience in graphic design which may benefit your group’s presentation.”
  • Develop clear goals and expectations for each team.
  • Hold every member accountable for their individual group participation, i.e., “What role did you play in this project?”
  • Offer ongoing formal feedback to modify behavior and performance. Meet with each team individually to monitor their success and challenges.



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The Future of Jobs Report 2018


Early Edition TOP 3 Edu Watch List




Top 3 Edu Watch-List


Sharing the things I share on social, bookmark and ponder as potentially significant or intriguing.





One theory for how to improve schools begins not with teachers in the classroom but with the principals who hire and oversee them. To that end, the Wallace Foundation spent $85 million on a five-year project to improve school principals in six cities and large urban counties, from New York to Denver, beginning in 2011.

READ IT   here





Workforce transformations are no longer an aspect of the distant future. As shown in the five-year outlook of this report, these transformations are a feature of today’s workplaces and people’s current livelihoods and are set to continue in the near term

READ IT here






We live in a world with a lot of disagreement. And, in my opinion, that’s OK. Varying, even opposing, perceptions and ideas often lead us to the greatest results–both in life and at work

READ IT here






EduInsider Monday 18th March 2019


My Weekly Top 5  Monday 18th March

The things that caught my biased eye since last week.


Remember- this is biased- it’s the things that caught my attention  in the last week. The things I share on social, bookmark and ponder as potentially significant or intriguing.



0. MDR Insights: Education Market Information and Trends


Latest edition is focused on…guess what? Social and Emotional Skills referring to this as ‘ a growing trend in schools’ and notes a ‘shift from the guidance office to the classroom’.

State of the K-12 Market 2018 reports are essential reading for a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the market, and offer key takeaways for companies and organizations who provide products and services to K-12 schools in the U.S.


Read the State of the market 2018 report   here



  1. SAVE YOUR SPOT: March 20th Webinar Social and Emotional Skills   To coincide with the release of Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI + the release of the Salzburg Global Statement on SEL + the UN Day       International Happiness Day , MSFT has sponsored an Education Week Webinar.


Register and share here




  1. SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR Social and Emotional Learning: Time for Action

This event held last week bought together policy makers, academics, practioners, experts from across the globe and had a particular focus on students living in complex, violent, mobile situates in conflict zones.

Microsoft was both a sponsor, co-chair, and working-group lead across the event.

Find out more




  1. Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future: Find out what the future skills needed are (hint: The Class of 2030 calls them out)

Finland is the world leader at the provision of future skills education, according to the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), which is now in its second year, closely followed by Switzerland.

Find out more here




  1. THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN AI AND VICE VERSA Interview with Jennifer Rexford, Princeton.

Princeton’s head of computer science, Jennifer Rexford, explains how artificial intelligence is set to change not only what teachers teach but how they teach.

Read it here





Past editions of the LIVEFIVE on my blog  PLUS my curated research articles on Modern Classrooms (physical spaces )

See you in around




Mark Sparvell

Marketing Education Leader


EduINSIDER Briefing March 11th: Early Edition


My Weekly Top 5 Edu-live for Monday 11th March

The things that caught my biased eye since last week.


Remember- this is biased- it’s the things that caught my attention  in the last week. The things I share on social, bookmark and ponder as potentially significant or intriguing.

GET OUTSIDE! Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood


This caught my attention. Modern learning spaces increasingly feature ‘green-classrooms/ outdoor learning spaces’ . This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors here

THANK YOU! neuroscience reveals how gratitude literally re-wires the brain   

According UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre, regularly expressing gratitude literally changes the molecular structure, keeps the grey matter functioning and makes us healthier and happier.




SO, HOW DO YOU LEARN STUFF? Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

I thought this was interesting especially around retrieval, spaced practice and successive relearning.

There are hundreds of teaching strategies, most of which can be effective in certain situations. Dunlosky was looking for strategies that are broadly applicable and don’t just aid memorization; he wanted to find the approaches that deepen understanding and help students transfer learning to new situations.



Some people describe executive function as “the CEO of the brain.” That’s because these skills allow us to set goals, plan and get things done. When kids struggle with executive skills, it impacts them in school and in everyday life.

  1. Working memory
  2. Cognitive flexibility (also called flexible thinking)
  3. Inhibitory control (which includes self-control)

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EVIDENCE FRESNO UNIFIED 4th largest school district in California’s Personalized Learning Initiative with Microsoft drives measurable achievement on state-based test and more!

It’s kind of a big deal. Since its first year of implementation, Fresno’s PLI has grown in both size and scope. In its first year, 220 teachers and 12,000 students were touched by the PLI; in Year 2 this number increased to 362 teachers and 17,045 students. PLI teachers applied to the program from schools across the district and were selected randomly within that application pool.1