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30 January 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • UK teachers hit a high note with maths lessons
    Three primary-school teachers in the United Kingdom are using music to teach maths. The teachers write the songs and lyrics, which include information relevant to the maths curriculum, and then post them on a blog. In one case, all students who heard a song about prime numbers got a prime-numbers question correct on an assessment -- saying they recalled the words from the song. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (28 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • Should England establish a National Teaching Institute?
    In this blog post, Tim Brighouse, a former London commissioner for schools, and Bob Moon, emeritus professor of education at the Open University, write that countries with top education systems have embraced professional development for teachers. However, they write that such a system is lacking in England and suggest the creation of a National Teaching Institute "to provide coherence and ambition to the activities that support classroom teachers". The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (28 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Leadership and Governance 
  • Instability plagues schools in Afghanistan
    In a volatile province in Afghanistan, the headmaster of a school in Marja says the school has been opened and closed several times as the Taliban came into and left power. Such volatility, Abdul Aziz said, has affected the school's ability to recruit teachers and secure resources. Despite these challenges, however, schools province-wide are reporting an uptick in enrolment. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (28 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What the US can learn from China about education technology
    Students in China are more likely than US students to report that their teachers are more technology-savvy than they are and that students spend more time using technology in school, according to a recent survey by Dell. The survey also finds that schools in China are more likely to use technology for training, in student collaboration and across the curriculum, while US schools are focused more on research and special assignments. The Huffington Post (28 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Czech students to be required to learn two foreign languages
    The education ministry in the Czech Republic announced last week that the country will start mandating students to learn a second foreign language in school. Students will start taking their first foreign language, typically English, by third grade, and by eighth grade they will begin learning another language. Currently, studying two foreign languages is an option, not a requirement. Prague Daily Monitor (22 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Leadership Conference registration now open
    Registration is now open for the ECIS April Leadership Conference in Berlin 3-7 April. The theme for this year's conference is Strike the Balance. The conference will feature dedicated strands for: Business/Finance Managers, Trustees, Advancement Officers and Admissions Personnel. Heads of School, Secondary Principals and Elementary Principals will have exclusive sessions, as well as be able to partake in additional strands. There will be numerous networking and social opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register now for the SISG Diploma Module
    SISG Diploma Module is designed to challenge thinking and to provide the tools for board members, school owners and administrators, to build on their existing knowledge and strengths to further the sustainable success and effectiveness of their schools. There will be a focus in this Module (8 - 10 March 2013) on effective financial and risk management, dashboard management, balanced score card and marketing. Registration details can be found on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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