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20 December 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Feedback from experts helps UK students' writing improve
    A primary-school teacher in the United Kingdom says his students' writing improved after he began inviting experts to participate. Teacher Chris Williams writes that the guests read students' work related to their fields of expertise. The work is read online, and the experts offer feedback to students. Through the project, he writes, students have advanced by at least one sub-level. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (17 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australia to introduce national language curriculum in 2014
    Australia says its national approach to language learning will start with Mandarin and Italian, although some critics have said the choices are inconsistent with previous statements about priorities. Education Minister Peter Garrett defended the decision. "That mix of language -- one European, which is part of the immigration heritage of our past, and one Chinese Mandarin, which is an indication of the language challenges of the future -- are good languages for us to start with," Garrett said, noting that engagement with Asia will be a common message throughout the curriculum. The Australian (tiered subscription model)/Australian Associated Press (20 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Headteacher celebrates dramatic turnaround of UK school
    A once-struggling primary school in London has improved dramatically in the past two years, with students demonstrating better achievement in maths and English, and the school now ranking among the most improved in the country. Miranda Gibb, the school's headteacher, attributes part of the success to a targeted investment in the school's appearance and resources, as well as ongoing performance assessments for both students and teachers. The Guardian (London) (13 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  Regional Spotlight 
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on Ireland.

  • Do Ireland's teachers need more technology support?
    Schools in Ireland are being criticised by some in the education field for taking an "ad hoc" approach to the use and support of education technology. Among the complaints are that schools often are designating one person to act as ICT manager without proper training or support, and that technology, such as interactive whiteboards, is not being used to its full potential. "Teachers don't have a system of support whereby they feel confident that the technology is going to be repaired and it's going to be in perfect working order," said multimedia lecturer Miriam Judge. The Irish Times (Dublin) (13 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The outlook for education in Ireland in 2013
    In 2013, education in Ireland is expected to be dominated by questions over Minister for Education RuairĂ­ Quinn's tenure and by the advancement of Northern Ireland, journalist Sean Flynn writes in this opinion article. Flynn also expects that teachers in Ireland will continue their criticism of the new Junior Cert exams, and there will be additional progress on reform in higher education. The Irish Times (Dublin) (18 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Progress stalled among Australian students
    Data from Australia show that since national literacy and maths exams were introduced five years ago, students' progress has stalled and, in Year 7, students are performing worse in maths. The results of exams also show that -- similar to international trends -- female students in Australia excel in reading and boys outperform girls in maths. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (18 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • What the future holds for professional development
    Inservice editor Marissa Bialecki recently spoke with ASCD director of content development David Hargis about where educator professional development is heading. In her recent post, you'll find Hargis' take on trends in online PD and read about how he's seen the PD experience rapidly evolve. Digital options have completely changed the PD equation, he explains. "You can still ramp up the whole school or district but you can now do so in more targeted ways." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Professionalism
    As you prepare for the new year, take time to examine the professional behaviour in your school, writes ASCD EDge community member Steven Weber. In a recent post on the professional networking community for educators, Weber explains what professionalism in education means to him. He discusses traits and behaviours exhibited by true professionals and explains why it's valuable for an education professional to have a deep understanding of the five tenants of the Whole Child Initiative. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday, 25 Dec. Publication will resume Thursday, 27 Dec. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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