Why are boys falling behind in school? | Ontario students to study more diverse books | Canada schools search for indigenous-language instructors
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20 September 2017
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Why are boys falling behind in school?
Why are boys falling behind in school?
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Educators in Australia are working to help male students catch up academically and socially with their female peers. One school stocked library shelves with books that male students indicated they were interested in, and another has adopted a literacy program specifically for male students.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (17 Sep.) 
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Professional Development
Canada schools search for indigenous-language instructors
School divisions in Canada are facing challenges in finding qualified and certified educators to teach indigenous languages. The rise in demand has been linked to growing efforts to educate students about indigenous culture and languages.
CBC News (Canada) (15 Sep.) 
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School leaders weigh in on behaviour policies
It is possible for schools to be too strict, according to school leaders interviewed for this article. Headteacher Nick Moss says his school eliminated its behaviour policy in favor of focusing on relationships.
The Guardian (London) (18 Sep.) 
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SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
Leadership and Governance
Report compares education spending in 35 countries
Report compares education spending in 35 countries
Spending on elementary through high-school education declined by about 3% in the US between 2010 and 2014, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's annual report of education indicators. Data show that other OECD countries often get better outcomes by spending less money and focusing on different priorities.
The Hechinger Report (18 Sep.) 
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TI releases robot designed for classroom
Texas Instruments has announced a new robot designed for middle- and high-school instruction in science, technology, engineering and maths. TI-Innovator Rover is expected to be available to schools in the US and Canada in the fall.
T.H.E. Journal (15 Sep.),  Electronics360 (14 Sep.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How students can drive VR-content creation
How students can drive VR-content creation
Educators should encourage students to become creators of virtual reality -- not just consumers -- asserts Iolani School teacher Michael Fricano. In this blog post, Fricano shares five ways to promote student-led VR-content creation.
SmartBrief/Education (14 Sep.) 
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