Educator in India takes STEM lessons on the road | Singapore schools to use comics in essay writing | Report: 21 ways to improve maths performance in France
13 February 2018
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for international members
Learning and Teaching
Educator in India takes STEM lessons on the road
Educator in India takes STEM lessons on the road
Students in some parts of India have access to lessons about science, technology, engineering and maths through a mobile classroom operated by Nawneet Ranjan, founder of Dharavi Diary. He says the initiative seeks to expose more students to STEM and the scientific mindset.
Hindustan Times (India) (13 Feb.) 
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Singapore schools to use comics in essay writing
Singapore schools to use comics in essay writing
Some schools in Singapore will use comics to help improve students' essay-writing skills. Low Yen Ling, senior Parliamentary secretary for education, recently announced a revised version of the Creative Comic Essay Writing Programme for schools, which focuses on boosting critical-thinking skills.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (13 Feb.) 
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Professional Leadership
Canada seeks to engage female students in STEM
The Canadian government this week has launched the "Choose Science" initiative at Facebook headquarters in Toronto. The initiative seeks to engage more female students in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The Toronto Star (11 Feb.) 
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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 Hong Kong.
Survey highlights student stress in Hong Kong
About 21% of primary-school students in Hong Kong say they are stressed -- up 5.5 percentage points from the year before, according to a survey by Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. Students attribute some of the stress to long hours at school and plenty of homework.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (13 Feb.) 
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Reform and Research
Guterres: Women and girls should pursue maths, science
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a concerted effort is necessary to help women and girls enter science and mathematics. "Women and girls need this, and the world needs this, if we are to achieve our ambitions for sustainable development on a healthy planet," he said ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (09 Feb.) 
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School-based intervention may not prevent pediatric obesity
Children who participated in a school-based obesity prevention programme for one year had similar mean body mass index z-scores after 15 months and 30 months, plus similar total daily energy intake, physical-activity levels and systolic blood pressure, compared with those who received standard care education, UK researchers reported in The BMJ. The study "suggests that schools cannot lead on the childhood obesity prevention agenda," researcher Dr. Peymane Adab said.
MedPage Today (free registration) (07 Feb.),  BBC (08 Feb.) 
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2018 Global Leadership Summit
Looking for innovative and effective ways to prepare all students to thrive in college, careers and as citizens in our diverse, globally-connected world? Attend the Global Leadership Summit on March 23 in Boston, Mass., for thought-provoking panelists, inspiring ignite talks and roundtable discussions that will provide practical tools, strategies and ideas that you can immediately implement in your school or district. To register and for additional information on the program and speakers, visit
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Tell us the best piece of advice you got when you first started teaching
We want to hear your stories. In each issue, Educational Leadership's "Tell Me About" column publishes brief contributions from readers describing their experiences related to that issue's theme. For the May 2018 issue, we'd love to hear about the best piece of advice you received when you were starting out as a teacher. Why has it stuck with you? Submit your 100- to 200-word story by February 27.
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