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1. UAE plans boarding school with multilingual curriculum

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

The United Arab Emirates will open its second boarding school this year -- a Swiss school that will focus on English, French and German languages. The school's opening comes as data show the UAE's seven International Baccalaureate schools are nearly at capacity. National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), The (23 Mar.)

2. How much is too much when assigning homework?

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Assigning more than 90 minutes of homework could result in negative student performance, according to a recent study. Data show 60 minutes of homework may be ideal. Researchers say the findings reveal that the nature of the homework may be more important than the amount of time spent completing assignments. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (23 Mar.)

3. Data: Average time students spend on homework worldwide

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 11, 2015

Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (06 Mar.)

4. Australian independent school finds success with IB curriculum

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

The International Baccalaureate program offers a holistic approach to education that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, writes Milton Cujes, headmaster of an independent school in Australia. Cujes, in this commentary, writes about the success his own school has had with IB, which now is in place in 140 countries worldwide. Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The (03 Mar.)

5. England seeks to boost maths instruction with Shanghai model

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

England has recruited 30 teachers from Shanghai, China, to teach in primary schools nationwide in an effort to improve maths achievement. International data suggests that by age 15, students in Shanghai are, on average, as many as three years ahead of students in England in maths. Guardian (London), The (13 Mar.)

6. Bilingual education begins early in Australian school

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Students attending the International Grammar School in Ultimo, Australia, begin learning a second language as early as kindergarten. The young students take part in a partial-immersion programme for about 25% of the school day. In this commentary, principal Shauna Colnan writes about the benefits of a bilingual education and how her school makes it work. Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The (03 Mar.)

7. Schools in Finland to teach by topic, not subject

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Finland has announced plans to dramatically overhaul its education model and do away with teaching by subject. Instead, teachers will teach by topic. Officials say the model will allow for more collaborative and cross-curricular lessons. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (20 Mar.)

8. How 3 families manage the challenges of bilingual parenting

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

Guardian (London), The (13 Mar.)

9. Wales seeks to improve teaching with focus on PD

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 18, 2015

Later this year, Wales will issue "learning passports" to help teachers record their professional development. The passports are part of a new programme aimed at improving teacher quality by offering different training opportunities as their careers develop. BBC (16 Mar.)

10. Should UK schools do more to teach morality, character?

ECIS SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Character education should be included in teacher-preparation programmes and taught as part of the school curriculum, researchers with Birmingham University's Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues said. These recommendations are based on findings from a recent study on student moral judgment. Guardian (London), The (27 Feb.)

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