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04 January 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Australia to offer an easier maths option for students
    Students in years 11 and 12 in Australia soon will have the option of taking an easier maths course, causing some educators to be concerned that students who should take more challenging courses will not. The new maths course, Essential Maths, is part of the national curriculum and was designed for students who would benefit from a slower pace in maths and may have struggled in Year 10. The course also teaches students how to use maths in their daily lives. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mexican math curriculum draws interest in Ariz.
    A new math programme created for schools in Mexico that uses a laboratory-like setting to teach math concepts has caught the attention of education officials in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz. MetroMatemáticas, which uses tools from fields such as aerospace and manufacturing, may be one way to prepare students for careers in those and other high-skill areas, superintendent Manuel L. Isquierdo said. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (30 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • UAE focuses on teacher training, recruitment
    In the United Arab Emirates, officials are taking steps to bolster the teaching profession, in part, by reforming the salary structure and focusing on teacher preparation. Besides promoting experienced teachers and beefing up recruitment efforts, the country also sent 150 current teachers back to school recently to take additional training in early-childhood education and English-language skills. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (26 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • UK teachers make predictions for education in the new year
    In this blog post, teachers in the United Kingdom offer their predictions for education in 2013. Among them are Tom Sherrington, head teacher at Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, England, who predicts more involvement among educators in education policy. Andrew Jones, head of religious studies and sociology at Goffs School in Cheshunt, England, suggests 2013 will bring new questions about religious education. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (30 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Is technology being used against teachers in Scotland?
    With the increased popularity of social-networking websites and mobile devices has come the increased use of such devices to attack teachers, says Margaret Smith, president of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association. Smith recently described how technology is sometimes used to target and ridicule teachers and said greater discipline is needed for students who commit such acts. Yahoo/The Press Association (U.K.) (02 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Indian schools seek to keep students on the right path
    Every school overseen by the Central Board of Secondary Education in India will begin offering psychological counseling to students. Officials say that such counseling and guidance will be helpful as students deal with difficult issues and prepare to transition into the real world. Supporters say counselors may help students avoid going down the wrong path because of peer pressure and other issues and could be a resource for students who feel uncomfortable sharing some things with their parents. The Times of India (01 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 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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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