The Global Education Learning Series

The USAID 2020 Global Education Learning Series is an opportunity to create an ongoing system of learning, build relationships and networks across sectors and countries, and share collective knowledge, evidence, and experience to better support education as a critical part of a country’s journey to self-reliance.

Throughout the next six months we will help support USAID staff and partners adapt to our new environment. This Learning Series will offer real-time and self-paced learning opportunities to help participants explore and connect around themes including the education response to COVID-19, promoting equity and inclusion, private sector engagement, youth workforce development and higher education, and reading and literacy in primary school education. 

While we hope you will be able to join as many learning opportunities as possible, the Learning Series is designed for participants to choose what they are most interested in and engage in learning on their own time. All sessions will be captured, so if you miss a session, you can always return to this page to access the learning.

Below you will find the Learning Series schedule. As the series progresses, this page will be continuously updated as registration for each event will open three weeks prior. The sections in the schedule below will be linked to pages that provide registration links, presentation videos, and other series-related materials.

Series Schedule

June 17 - 28: Launch and Online Learning Modules 

We launch this Learning Series with an opening webinar and the release of five self-paced online learning modules. The USAID Office of Education hosted the opening webinar “Connecting Across Organizations” on June 25.

Watch the opening webinar

Online Learning Modules

These courses provide a 60-minute, self-paced, online learning experience that covers foundational information on the following technical areas:

July 7 - 24: Education Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on education worldwide. The learning opportunities under this theme will focus on how to adapt established education practices, and introduce new ones, to combat the challenges caused by COVID-19. Under this Learning Series theme, topics will include learning through play as a strategy for distance learning and social and emotional skills in crisis and conflict-affected areas. We hosted a panel discussion webinar on distance learning, one on SEL for Education in Emergencies and shared two ignite talk videos with a corresponding online discussion.

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August 3 - 21: Promoting Equity and Inclusion

Promoting equity and inclusion in education helps to foster a culture of respect and belonging in schools. By creating an environment where everyone is fair to one another, accepting individual differences becomes the norm. This can result in reduced levels of gender-based violence, crime, bullying, and discrimination. Under this Learning Series theme, topics will include disability inclusive education, multi-sectoral approaches to girls retention in school and the Evidence for Gender and Education Resource. We hosted two ignite talks followed by an online discussion and one “Tea with a SME.”

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August 31 - September 18: Private Sector Engagement (PSE)

Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is a strategic approach to planning and programming through which USAID consults, strategizes, aligns, collaborates, and implements with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness in achieving development or humanitarian outcomes across all sectors. Under this Learning Series theme, topics will include PSE in practice and education finance. We hosted one panel discussion webinar and two ignite talks followed by an online discussion.

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September 28 - October 16: Youth Workforce Development and Higher Education

Workforce development programs prepare young people for meaningful work opportunities through access to quality vocational, technical and higher education, coaching programs, and more. Providing higher levels of education can raise developing countries’ productivity significantly. Connecting youth to market-driven skills training helps to mitigate root causes of migration, crime, instability, and violent extremism. Under this Learning Series theme, topics include design approaches for linking workforce programs to secondary education and building industry engagement in higher education. We will host two ignite talks followed by an online discussion and one “Tea with a SME,”  a virtual Q&A with a subject matter expert. 

Please check back soon for more information on the learning opportunities for this theme.

October 26 - November 13: Reading and Literacy in Primary Education

A solid foundation in reading and literacy, as well as other basic skills, will help prepare individuals to be active, productive members of society and the workforce. Literacy is fundamental to learning, paving the way for education in math and science among other subjects. Under this Learning Series theme, topics include scaling reading programs and lessons learned in managing book supply chains. We will host one panel discussion webinar  and two ignite talks followed by an online discussion. 

Please check back soon for more information on the learning opportunities for this theme.

November 16 - 20: Closing of the Global Learning Series

To close the Global Education Learning Series we will host a panel discussion webinar. 

Please check back soon for more information on the learning opportunities for this theme.

Learning Opportunity Formats

Ignite Talk Videos with an Online Discussion Forum

Ignite talks are designed to deliver a 7-minute, timed, and automated presentation. These recorded presentations will be available on the theme subpages. Over the course of two weeks after the ignite talks are initially posted, the presenters of the ignite talks will moderate an online discussion forum which allows learners to asynchronously pose their questions and comments about the ignite talks and engage in conversation with the presenters and other viewers. The online discussion will be held in the EducationLinks Discussion Forum LinkedIn group. To participate in the discussion, click the Request to Join button at the top of the group’s homepage. Your membership will be approved within 1 business day. 

Panel Discussion Webinars

Panel discussion webinars are an ideal format for exploring a topic through multiple perspectives and across stakeholder groups. In these 60-minute webinars, a moderator and 3 to 4 panelists have a live discussion on Google Meet, which is live-streamed privately on YouTube for anyone who registered for the event. Participants can ask questions in the chat section. Those questions will be relayed to the moderator and panelists in real time. You will need to register for the Panel Discussions. The registration link and panel description will be shared about 3 weeks before each webinar.

“Tea with a SME” Sessions 

“Tea with a SME” (pronounced smee) is a 60-minute virtual discussion and Q&A between subject matter experts and participants who want a deeper dive into one of the technical areas featured in the online learning courses. SMEs start the discussion with a brief introduction to the topic and their background in relation to the topic (maximum 15 minutes), and then they respond to questions from participants. The registration link and session description will be shared about 3 weeks before each session.


All learning events in this series will be captioned. Live events will use auto-captions. Recorded events will be captioned by a third-party captioner. Reasonable accommodations may be requested up to two weeks prior to scheduled events by contacting edulinks [at] usaid [dot] gov.