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09 January 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
 
  • UK educators examine benefits of vertical teaching
    In this blog post by Emma Drury, an educator and Guardian Teacher Network contributing editor, educators in the United Kingdom examine the benefits of vertical teaching and how it can be implemented in other schools. Vertical teaching, in which mixed-age students are taught together, can lead to the advancement of younger students and benefit older students, who act as peer mentors, Drury suggests. Former headteacher Peter Barnard says the adoption of vertical teaching should include proper training, and schools should work to involve parents and avoid copying other schools' programmes. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (08 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Professional Development 
 
  • UK educator offers guide to developing staff wellbeing
    Nigel Gann, a school governor, education consultant and school wellbeing consultant in the United Kingdom, in this commentary writes about the need to focus on the wellbeing of school staff. Among his suggestions are to focus on the full spectrum of staff when seeking to boost morale, consider the effect of staff morale on student achievement and measure staff wellbeing objectively. The Guardian (London) (04 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Leadership and Governance 
  • Teacher in Pakistan takes up cause of female education
    Despite a recently passed law requiring compulsory education for all children in Pakistan, many challenges reportedly exist regarding the education of girls in the country. One female teacher, called Chand Bibi, is working to give girls and women opportunities by operating a school that offers lessons in reading, writing, the Koran, math and sewing. Chand says she is working with limited resources in an area that is still evolving in its position on the education of women. Time.com (06 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Technology 
  • UAE maintains traditions in digital classrooms
    The adoption of more classroom technology, such as iPads, in the United Arab Emirates is not expected to eliminate traditional resources, such as pencils and books, said Dr Najla Al Naqbi, programme manager for eLearning at Abu Dhabi Education Council, or Adec. She said the reality is different from the public's perception of the move toward 21st-century instruction. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (08 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Khan Academy continues to grow more popular
    The Khan Academy, which offers free online lessons on various topics, has grown increasingly popular among students and teachers worldwide, with 7 million students now reportedly using its resources each month. The goal is for students to learn about specific topics using the online videos, then work collaboratively and creatively in the classroom with the help of their teachers. Critics, however, say the approach is likely to work only for motivated students. ABC News (03 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
ECIS News 
  • Calling all counselors!
    The ECIS Guidance Counselor committee is currently looking to fill two to three positions. To be eligible for consideration you must meet the following: (1.) Make a two-year commitment. (2.) Your school must commit to sending you for two years to the ECIS annual conference. (3.) You must get a recommendation from your school's Head Director. Please send all correspondence of interest, as well as brief information on your educational background and experience to Peggy Pelonis at pelonisp@acs.gr. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn to love the iGeneration
    Spaces are filling up fast for the ECIS Tech Conference, March 2013, at the ACS Cobham campus near London. Register today to secure your place at this unmissable conference (Leadership Day on Thursday 14th March, Main Conference 15-16th March). For more information please visit www.acs-schools.com/ecistech2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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