Report: Global innovations to change education | AI cameras to capture student data in China | Does linguistic diversity benefit students?
22 May 2018
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for international members
Learning and Teaching
Report: Global innovations to change education
Report: Global innovations to change education
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The Brookings Institution has released a blueprint for educational change that identifies ways to help students learn. Researchers sorted through 2,855 education innovations in 166 countries to create the blueprint.
Quartz (21 May.) 
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AI cameras to capture student data in China
Students at a school in China will be monitored using a "smart classroom behavior management system." The system is intended to record and analyze students' expressions and movements to ensure they are paying attention in class.
Reuters (17 May.) 
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Does linguistic diversity benefit students?
Does linguistic diversity benefit students?
Primary and secondary students in the UK collectively speak more than 360 languages, but they often are discouraged from using them, writes Clare Cunningham, a senior lecturer at York St John University. In this commentary, she highlights the research she conducted about educators' attitudes toward multilingualism and explains the benefits of children using their home languages in class.
The Conversation (UK) (21 May.) 
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Build a Successful Foundation for Equity
Grappling with achievement gaps? You are not alone. "Cultural Competency Training for Educators" is a free guide that provides practical advice on how to assess your school or district's capacity & readiness to tackle equity issues head on. Take action for your students today! Download FREE Guide
Professional Leadership
School uses exercise to support behavior
School uses exercise to support behavior
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Educators and therapists at a small Australian school serving students with special needs are using a trampoline and swing set to help students regulate their behavior through exercise. When students return to their mainstream schools, they can use the outdoor playground, indoor exercise equipment or fidget tools for the same purpose.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (18 May.) 
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Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
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 Ireland.
Irish schools innovate to help students learn
This article identifies several secondary schools in Ireland using innovative strategies to improve student outcomes. At one school, students spend a portion of the year engaged in a cross-curricular assignment based on real-world issues such as democracy or sustainability.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (21 May.) 
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Reform and Research
Germany gets tough on truancy
Officials in Germany are seeking to curb truancy among students that occur before school holidays. Families unable to provide valid reasons for school absences could face steep fines.
National Public Radio (21 May.) 
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Other News
The EdTech Efficacy Handbook
Not all efficacy studies and use cases are created the same. Before investing in education technology, learn which types of studies hold the most value for educators and district leaders while assessing programs and the best practices for evaluating those studies.
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The keys to content-area writing: Short, frequent and shared
If you want students to be better readers, writers and thinkers in every content area, then writing every day and in every class is key. Students need sustained practice writing for an audience other than you, their teacher. Here are several ideas for incorporating informal, spontaneous writing tasks that are short, frequent and shared into your students' daily routine.
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