Outreach helps boost results for disadvantaged youths | English classes in Canada teach indigenous lit | US, UK students partner to study water
23 May 2017
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Learning and Teaching
Outreach helps boost results for disadvantaged youths
Educators at a school in Australia take extra steps to help re-engage disadvantaged students. Retention rates for such youths have increased to 67% from 37% since the launch of the outreach programme.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (19 May.) 
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English classes in Canada teach indigenous lit
English classes in Canada teach indigenous lit
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Some English teachers in Canada are replacing some traditional texts, such as Shakespearean works, with the writing of indigenous authors. Teacher Kim Bruton said her decision allows students to see the "lighter side" of indigenous culture, rather than focusing on the mostly negative experiences indigenous people have had throughout history.
CBC News (Canada) (21 May.) 
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Harvard’s Project Zero Online Courses
How can making learning visible deepen understanding? Explore thinking, understanding, and creativity through Project Zero's six online, practice-based, 13-week courses for small teams of educators. Courses begin September 18.
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Professional Leadership
How principal's role is changing, growing
School principals are taking on more responsibilities, some research shows. In this blog post, author, presenter and former principal Peter DeWitt shares tips to help principals focus on "efficacy" to ensure they are able to lead effectively in good times and bad.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (21 May.) 
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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 the United Arab Emirates.
Students build robots at international event
Students from the United Arab Emirates recently competed in the World Robot Olympiad. During the event, which tested students' abilities in science, technology, engineering and maths, students built and programmed Lego robots.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (23 May.) 
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Reform and Research
UK schools get flexibility on exams in wake of attack
Officials at schools and colleges affected by the terrorist bombing in Manchester, England, can decide whether to postpone GCSE and A-level exams scheduled to be administered this week. "School leaders are best placed to decide if exams should go ahead and, if they decide they are not, exam boards will make sure that no student is disadvantaged," according to a statement from the Joint Council for Qualifications.
BBC (23 May.) 
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Study: Female mentors help women persist in STEM
Female engineering undergraduates were less likely to drop out and were more motivated and self-assured when paired with a female mentor, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta says the mentors serve as "social vaccines" against negative stereotypes that can keep some women out of science, technology, engineering and maths fields.
The Atlantic online (22 May.),  Inside Higher Ed (22 May.) 
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ASCD News
New book: School Culture Recharged
In this follow-up to their insightful "School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It," authors Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker offer practical advice and strategies that help you build positive energy to reinvigorate your school's culture and staff. Written as a standalone guide, "School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture" clarifies the difference between culture and climate and zeroes in on key school improvement efforts. Read sample.
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Why I Teach: Part 4
This piece is part of a series from Inservice entitled, "Why I Teach," where we asked teachers from various backgrounds and years of experience to reflect on their "why." Read now.
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