Facebook seeks to curb cyberbullying in UK | More than 100 countries participate in Global Math Week | Finland sets high bar for teaching profession
17 October 2017
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for international members
Learning and Teaching
Facebook seeks to curb cyberbullying in UK
Facebook seeks to curb cyberbullying in UK
Facebook has announced a £1 million effort in the UK to provide online and classroom training in schools aimed at curbing cyberbullying. Officials say the funds could go to support "digital safety ambassadors" in schools.
The Drum (Scotland) (16 Oct.),  The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (16 Oct.),  CNET (16 Oct.) 
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More than 100 countries participate in Global Math Week
Students and educators from more than 100 countries participated in Global Math Week, which ends today. The inaugural event includes participation in Exploding Dots -- a new version of the abacus that uses dots and boxes.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11 Oct.) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Professional Leadership
Finland sets high bar for teaching profession
Sari Muhonen, an educator in Finland, says it was more difficult to gain entry to a program to train as an educator than as a doctor or lawyer. In this commentary, she shares steps taken in Finland to ensure that educators are highly prepared and valued.
The Hechinger Report (16 Oct.) 
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Educators in Singapore redeployed
The merging of schools in Singapore has caused educators to be redeployed to lower grades from higher ones. Educators in this article describe how "bridging courses" helped with the transition.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (16 Oct.) 
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Regional Spotlight
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on India.
India looks to boost education among girls
India looks to boost education among girls
(Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)
Efforts are underway in India to support the education of girls, despite many obstacles, officials say. This article highlights several initiatives, including an effort by the nonprofit Girls Code Camp to teach computer science to girls in India.
The Hechinger Report (16 Oct.) 
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Reform and Research
International Day of the Girl Child focuses on empowering girls in conflict
The focus for this year's International Day of the Girl Child is on empowering girls before, during and after conflict. The United Nations warns that violent conflicts and humanitarian crises increase the risk of gender violence, child marriage and trafficking, and says that violence kills an adolescent girl every 10 minutes.
The Economic Times (India) (11 Oct.),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (11 Oct.),  The Guardian (Nigeria) (11 Oct.) 
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Other News
14 resources on culturally responsive teaching
Learn more about how to use common language to relate to students, how cultural backgrounds affect students' learning behaviors, and how equitable practices inspire greater student engagement in all classrooms with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.
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Accelerate learning through independent reading
Independent reading builds knowledge and that knowledge, in turn, accelerates independent reading ability. Therefore, no student should be limited by the color of a dot on the spine of a book. For students to become independent learners, they need the autonomy to select freely, even if it means they struggle at times.
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