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06 March 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Indian preschools go beyond Montessori teaching method
    In India, preschool education has expanded from the Montessori method to include Playway, Reggio Emilio and Waldorf teaching methods. The fastest-growing appears to be Playway -- a child-centric instructional method that focuses on learning through play. "No one teaching method is the correct one, but each has something special about it. So, we try to combine the best from each philosophy so that kids can learn and have fun," said Shreena Doshi, director of Big Umbrella, Tardeo. The Times of India (04 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 Exciting opportunity in multicultural and international learning community
American International School of Bucharest, Romania, seeks a new Director, effective August 2014. Learn more here.
 

Professional Development 
  • Australian state mulls best practices for professional development
    Kate O'Donnell, chief executive of the Institute of Teachers in New South Wales, Australia, says that leading countries have chosen to raise class sizes to allow more time for teachers' professional development. "It's not about saying make the class sizes bigger so teachers can have less contact time but, rather, to make sure in the teaching day there is time allowed for teachers to do something else other than be physically in front of their students, which is ultimately where we want them to be at their best," she said. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • US, Finland team up for research projects on STEM education
    With an eye toward improving science, technology, engineering and maths education in grades K-12, educators in the US and Finland will begin working together as part of a £2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. One component of this new project involves the analysis of student performance in a massive online open course taught through Florida State University and the University of Helsinki. The partnerships also will explore the roles games and video can play in the future of STEM learning. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (28 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Technology 
  • Learning management system increases access to mobile learning
    The Stanford Mobile Inquiry Learning Environment, which has launched in India, Argentina and the US, allows students to use cellphones -- primarily Android devices -- to create, share, answer and evaluate academic questions. A similar project is under way in Southeast Asia that would allow access using tablet computers. The work is done through a learning management system that does not require access to the Internet, making it ideal for communities worldwide with limited resources, the project's creator Paul Kim said. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (28 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Should England's schools alter career counselling?
    In recognition of National Careers Week this week in England, some are questioning the quality of the guidance and career counselling that some students are receiving in school. While some question the thinking behind encouraging teenagers to develop career plans, career-development expert Tristram Hooley says such counselling should begin in early-secondary school. "Without adequate careers education there is a danger that schools deliver an ivory tower curriculum that lacks relevance for employers and for the young people themselves," he said. The Guardian (London) (03 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Sign up for the SISG Master Class in Berlin
    The SISG Master Class, designed to build upon the leadership expertise of school board members, school owners, and administrators, will take place 4 April in Berlin. The focus of the workshop led by Dr Philip Stiles from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge will be: The performance aspects of governance are often neglected but they are real and even slight changes in these key aspects can have large positive impacts on effectiveness. The major governance mechanism for enhancing the performance aspects is the school board. In this session, we shall examine what it takes to have a high performance board and also what gets in the way. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experience Berlin with ECIS
    Join in the fun at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Berlin 4-7 April. When you register, don't forget to sign up for one or more of the many cultural events we are offering participants this year, including: a Berlin walking tour, Cold War tour, Friday night museum tour and spouses' tour. You can find out more about any of these on our conference section. Don't wait! Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities and consultancy services to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations.
 

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