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1. England to open independent schools for gifted students

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

England is preparing to launch new secondary schools designed for students who are gifted. The schools will be modeled after the London Academy of Excellence, which is supported by eight independent schools. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (20 Jun.)

2. Study: Green space benefits brain development

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

Students with access to green space -- particularly at school -- may experience increased brain development, according to a study of students in Spain. Researchers say the findings support the integration of more green space on school grounds. HealthDay News (15 Jun.)

3. UK school considers role homework plays in mental health

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

A school in the U.K. is considering banning homework and taking other steps to help curb anxiety among students. Officials say the review will take place over the next five years and it stems from increased rates of depression and mental illness among students. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (05 Jun.)

4. New Zealand debates best approach to maths instruction

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

A recent study questions the effectiveness of The Numeracy Project -- a maths teaching method that New Zealand launched more than a decade ago. At issue, researchers and educators say, is that the strategy is a departure from rote learning. Others, however, say the maths teaching method sets students up to think creatively. Stuff (New Zealand) (09 Jun.)

5. Study: IB programme graduates have greater success in college

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

Education Week (tiered subscription model) (08 Jun.)

6. Report: Blended learning, STEAM drive ed-tech adoption

ECIS SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Blended learning and STEAM -- or science, technology, engineering, arts and maths -- are expected to accelerate the use of education technology in classrooms worldwide, according to a New Media Consortium Horizon Report released Monday. The report features education trends identified by 56 experts from 22 countries. The Hechinger Report (29 Jun.)

7. UK teachers share ideas for boosting reading among boys

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

Girls enjoy reading for pleasure more than boys, according to one study. Teachers in the UK offer suggestions for encouraging boys, such as getting fathers involved in reading with their sons and engaging local authors who can visit schools. The Guardian (London) (11 Jun.)

8. 12 teachers worldwide reflect on classroom leadership

ECIS SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

In this article, 12 teacher bloggers worldwide reflect on ways that teachers can demonstrate leadership in the classroom. Karen Lirenman from Canada suggests sharing best practices, tips, curricula and more via social media with other educators. The Huffington Post (26 Jun.)

9. Study: Stress contributes to health problems among teachers in Germany

ECIS SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

Teachers in Germany overall are healthier than those in other professions, according to a study. However, data show job-related stress also contributes to higher rates of psychological problems among teachers. United Press International (05 Jun.)

10. Survey compares extracurricular activities at Britain's schools

ECIS SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

About 75% of students at public schools in Britain said in a recent survey that their schools do not provide enough extracurricular activities, including volunteering, debating or outdoor experiences other than sports. The survey found that fewer than half of students at independent schools agreed. The Guardian (London) (28 Jun.)

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