Chemonics is proud to participate in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, where our education experts will share lessons learned and innovations with others in global education.


From March 25 to 29, education and literacy experts from Chemonics will participate in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Mexico City, Mexico. The event brings together more than 3,000 researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to discuss high-priority issues in this sector. In addition to sponsoring the conference, Chemonics hosts an exhibit table and presents in 10 sessions on a variety of topics — from book supply chains to early-grade reading in low-resource and conflict environments.

This year’s theme is “Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue,” which explores the historic divisions that have often left the global south as the recipient of the education “expertise” of countries in the global north. With globalization on the rise, however, these divisions are being redrawn and the flow of knowledge exchange is being reconsidered. How can we, as part of the international development community, redirect global knowledge production and foster more effective education practices? Throughout the conference, participants explore these questions while networking, sharing case studies, and investigating new approaches.

“CIES is a great opportunity to share the latest research, discuss industry-wide pain points and solutions, and connect with thought leaders in the field,” said Jordene Hale, director of Chemonics’ Education and Youth Practice. “This year, Chemonics is excited to present on a wide range of implementation approaches, resources, and challenges. It will be interesting to see how we can take what we learn at the conference and apply it to our projects.”

Below is the full list of Chemonics’ sessions, along with times (in ET) and room locations:

Monday, March 26

  • Early-Grade Reading in Low-Resource and Conflict Environments, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 4
  • Youth Agency at the Macro and Micro Level, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 4
  • Re-Mapping Kinyarwanda Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Research, 5 – 6:30 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Gerano

 Tuesday, March 27

  •  Elephants in the Room: Teacher Mobility, Language Attitudes, and Government Partnership in Early- Grade Reading Initiatives – Case Study and Discussion, 10 – 11:30 a.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 8
  • The Effectiveness of Social and Financial Literacy for Youth: A Global Analysis, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET, Museo de Arte Popular, Auditorium
  • Data Analytic and Interpretive Approaches to Longitudinal EGRA Data, 5 – 6 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1, Section B

 Wednesday, March 28

  •  From A-Z: Lessons Learned in Supply Chain, 1:30 – 3 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 6

 Thursday, March 29

  • Confronting the Challenge of Access and Retention in a Low-Resource Country: The Persistence of Onerous School Fees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 10 – 11:30 a.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 4, Section B
  • Launching a National Reading Program: Building from What Senegalese Students, Teachers, Administrators, and Parents Know, Think, and Do Now, 1:30 – 3 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 4
  • Syria: Implementing the Idarah Program, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET, Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1, Section D

To learn more about CIES 2018, find the full conference program here. Follow the conversation on our social media channels from March 25 to 29 using the hashtag #CIES2018.