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1. Q&A: What other countries can learn from Scandinavia

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 23, 2015

Scandinavian countries, including Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, may hold lessons for educators in other countries. In this interview, Hans Renman, a former educator from Sweden and founder and CEO of Scandinavian Education, discusses potential lessons and offers a list of ed-tech predictions. eSchool News (free registration) (18 Jun.)


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

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 09, 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.)


3. Team-building activity helps boost emotional intelligence

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 23, 2015

A three-step exercise can help develop emotional intelligence and strengthen relationships among members of collaborative groups, writes former educator and professional-development expert Gayle Allen. In this blog post, she explains the activity, which includes three levels with a range of 20 to 45 minutes that can be tailored to class needs, time constraints and for adults or students. KQED.org (22 Jun.)


4. 25 British schools join campaign to disconnect

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 16, 2015

A programme aimed at helping students reflect on their social-media habits and disconnect from their devices for a week is expanding to 25 London-area schools after a successful pilot at one school. Schools in the United States, Canada, Germany and France also have shown interest in the disCONNECT project. The Hechinger Report (10 Jun.)


5. UK education secretary highlights low-level distractions

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 16, 2015

Low-level classroom distractions can result in learning loss equivalent to 38 days each year, this article states. UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is expected to call for a review of teacher-training programmes to ensure inclusion of lessons aimed at helping teachers manage such distractions. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (16 Jun.)


6. Global education trends include 3D learning, robot teachers

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 09, 2015

Seven educational innovations from around the world are changing how students learn and could provide best practices for other countries, according to this article. Innovations include robot teachers in South Korea, Denmark's "forest kindergarten" model and 3D learning in the United Arab Emirates. SmithsonianMag.com (05 Jun.)


7. 5 principles for formative assessments that fuel feedback

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 16, 2015

"Feedback that affects learning is planned in alignment with these research-based guidelines for effectiveness," writes school improvement coach Tim Westerberg. In a recent ASCD Express article, Westerberg explains that Formative assessments provide the feedback on student learning that guides teacher and student adjustments during learning. He states that if teachers want the information gathered by these formative tools to have the most impact on student learning, they must design classroom assessments with five principles in mind. Read on.


8. 12 teachers worldwide reflect on classroom leadership

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 30, 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: Green space benefits brain development

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 16, 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.)


10. Exam question sparks controversy in France

ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (23 Jun.)




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