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21 November 2012
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Learning and Teaching 
  • What sets Finland apart in education?
    Students in Finland have excelled on standardised tests, while the country has embraced a low-stakes approach to such exams. Finland's education system is distinctive because of its "culture of trust" with teachers, who are given more autonomy over lessons. "Everything they decide themselves; how they teach and what they teach," Finnish educator Jari Lavonen told attendees during a recent conference in New York. The Hechinger Report/Lessons from Abroad (16 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • England could pen new chapter for handwriting lessons
    In response to the rise in texting among students, officials in England are proposing a draft secondary-school curriculum that reintroduces an emphasis on handwriting instruction. The draft standards would require students to be able to write accurate business and personal letters by hand and in upper grades "increase the range of their writing" and use "accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (14 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Reading is a critical life skill that provides us with enjoyment, edification and education. When students embrace reading they boost literacy, improve learning and knowledge, and prepare for the workforce. In this SmartFocus on Student Reading, veteran educators offer tips to help your students get more from reading.
Professional Development 
  • Teachers in Pakistan learn from U.S. methods
    Twenty-four teachers from Pakistan recently concluded a three-week tour of the US by visiting classrooms in Virginia. The trip, intended to help teachers improve education in Pakistan, was funded through the US Agency for International Development. Part of the the USAID Teachers Project focuses on providing new teaching degrees in Pakistan. The Washington Post/Virginia Schools Insider (15 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Better Support Students with Exceptionalities
General-education teachers say they lack the skills to support the growing number of students with exceptionalities. Find strategies and tips for using targeted, online PD to help all teachers understand these learners, identify their strengths and keep them on track toward their learning targets. Download Now
Leadership and Governance 
  • Should Britain hire headteachers without teaching experience?
    In this article, journalist Nick Morrison considers whether headteachers in Britain must have been teachers first to be effective. While some say headteachers should have the industry experience that comes from being a classroom teacher, others disagree. They say that headteachers can gain such knowledge through classroom observations and time. They say it is important that school leadership teams include someone with teaching experience -- but it does not have to be the head. The Guardian (London) (12 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.
Unlock the Creative Capacity in Every Educator
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Swedish school blurs gender lines
    A preschool in Sweden does not address students using the pronouns "him" or "her," instead calling them "friends" or using a gender-neutral term. Students also are not encouraged to embrace traditional gender roles, such as girls playing with dolls. Despite its popularity among teachers and parents, the method has drawn some criticism from those who say the school is seeking to reverse traditional gender roles. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (13 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
ECIS News 
  • Call for Proposals for 2013 April Leadership Conference
    Next year, ECIS will be hosting its annual April Leadership Conference in Berlin, Germany. Join us 4-7 April for sessions and speakers focused on the theme "Strike the Balance." We are currently accepting speaker proposals for the conference, and the deadline to submit is Wednesday, 2 Jan. Find out more about the conference or submit your proposal today.
  • Learning to love the iGeneration: Register for the ECIS Tech Conference
    Is your school ready to embrace the latest technology? The ECIS ICT Interest Group is hosting a Tech Conference on 14-16 March 2013 at the ACS International Schools Cobham campus in London. "Learning to love the iGeneration -- is education ready to embrace the irresistible IT vision of tomorrow's classroom" will focus on: the role of IT in redefining schools of the future, social media, data access and more. Early bird discounts are available until the end of November with fees for as little as £180 for ECIS members. Register today!
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