Schools mark World Down Syndrome Day | How early language learning helps students | Teacher in remote Canadian province wins Global Teacher Prize
21 March 2017
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
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Learning and Teaching
Schools mark World Down Syndrome Day
School marks World Down Syndrome Day
Two schools in Singapore -- one for students with special needs and a primary school -- marked World Down Syndrome Day with the announcement of a new reading programme. Officials said the Eat And Read With Me programme will launch later this month.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (21 Mar.) 
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How early language learning helps students
How early language learning helps students
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Language is important to the growth of young learners, writes Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England. In this blog post, she discusses initiatives that are examples of primary students embracing and benefiting from learning languages at a young age.
The Huffington Post (20 Mar.) 
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Professional Leadership
Teacher in remote Canadian province wins Global Teacher Prize
Maggie MacDonnell, a middle- and high-school teacher at a remote school in the Canadian Arctic, has received the Global Teacher Prize. MacDonnell, in her six years with the school, has focused on addressing community challenges such as gender issues, suicide and drug and alcohol abuse.
The Christian Science Monitor (20 Mar.) 
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Australian schools tap "super principals" for turnaround work
An executive principal programme launched in 2008 is showing success in some of Australia's schools. The programme engages "super principals" in improvement efforts at struggling schools, one of which was named one of the country's most improved by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (19 Mar.) 
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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 New Zealand.
New Zealand school to host "open day"
Officials at a primary school in New Zealand will host an "open day" later this month during which parents can observe what students are learning during the school day. Educators say they will showcase student projects and offer insight into the inner workings of the classroom.
Stuff (New Zealand) (21 Mar.) 
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Reform and Research
Educational apps target needs of Syrian refugees
Two mobile apps -- Feed the Monster and Antura & The Letters -- rose to the top of a competition designed to help meet the needs of Syrian children not enrolled in school. The winning apps were announced at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Conference.
VentureBeat (21 Mar.) 
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