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06 November 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Should the US be a model for special education?
    Although students with disabilities were denied an education before the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 30 years ago, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post that she questions whether the US can be a model for helping students with special needs. Shah met with educators from Kazakhstan looking for ideas on teaching students with special needs and she highlighted the troubles with certain special-education issues. Education Week/On Special Education blog (05 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Israel, Intel partner to improve science, technology education
    Israel's Ministry of Education and Intel are partnering on a four-year, £3.13 million program "to double the number of high school students completing their science and technology matriculation certificate," Intel CEO Paul Otellini said. Intel currently is spending about $100 million on education programs worldwide. Globes (Israel) (01 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Professional Leadership 
  • Why Wales should beef up professional development for teachers
    In this opinion piece, General Teaching Council for Wales Chief Executive Gary Brace writes about the importance of continuing professional development in bolstering the teaching profession and improving schools. "This would enable them to build incrementally upon each year's classroom experience to become progressively better at their jobs and more valuable to their pupils," Brace writes. Western Mail (Wales) (01 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scottish teachers oppose literature restrictions
    The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association and the Scottish Council of Independent School are asking Education Minister Mike Russell to reconsider his decision to limit the books that students are exposed to in school. His proposal favors Scottish, over English, literature in schools' curriculum. Union members said they are not opposed to the teaching of Scottish literature, but they oppose mandatory restrictions. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (01 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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 Australia.

  • Australia seeks to prevent IB exam leaks
    About 3,000 students in Australia taking the International Baccalaureate that began Monday are banned from posting information about the exams on social media websites. The exams are taken by students worldwide, and, because of Australia's time zone, students there are among the first to take them. Officials have reminded students not to post information about the exams on social media sites and banned them from using electronic devices during the exams. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (05 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australian schools reach out to disengaged students
    The decision in New South Wales to require students to stay in school until at least age 17 has led more students to be disengaged in school, according to Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat. His review found that more students who might otherwise have left school are causing classroom disruptions and, in some cases, skipping school. Some schools, however, say they have found ways to serve those students' needs, such as offering job advice and vocational training. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (02 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher outlines four damaging instructional practices, and offers suggestions on how teachers can cultivate lifelong readers. Click here to read Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room.

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  Reform and Research 
  • How can Russia improve students' English-language skills?
    A recent international ranking shows that English-language skills have improved in Russia. However, experts say that to move above its current ranking of 29th out of 54 countries, the country must improve language education in public schools. Part of that effort includes the recruitment of more teachers and a focus on improving the quality of English-language teachers. The Moscow Times (01 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: 22% of teaching positions vacant in India
    An analysis by the PRS Legislative Research finds that 1 in 5 teaching positions in India is vacant. With about 22% of teaching positions left unfilled, the Indian government continues to work to lower student-teacher ratios. The country's Right to Education act requires that no more than 10% of a school's teaching positions be vacant. The Times of India (01 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Erik Palmer on the importance of speaking well
    "No one really teaches speaking. We assign speaking, but that's way different than teaching," explains ASCD EDge community member Erik Palmer in his recently posted video clip. Referring to speaking as the most important language art, he discusses why it's crucial that teachers help students become effective orators and explains how the PVLEGS acronym -- poise, voice, life, eye contact, gestures, speed -- can help them get there. Watch the clip on ASCD EDge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition
    Are you ready to help students get more out of every lesson? Explore and refine your use of the teaching strategies that have the most positive effect on student learning with the second edition of this handbook by McREL's Howard Pitler and Bj Stone. Offering insight into the strategy categories, the guide also shares best practices, reflection questions, in-depth classroom examples, rubrics, and other tools and templates that can help you -- and your PLC -- use the strategies more effectively.
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