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13 February 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Should STEM include lessons in psychology?
    Amid concern that fewer girls than boys are thriving in science, technology, engineering and maths fields, Marc Smith, a chartered psychologist and teacher in England, suggests that schools engage female students in psychology -- a science in which they excel at a higher rate than their male peers, he writes. However, A-level psychology has been rejected as a facilitating subject, leading fewer female students to enrol in higher education and be engaged in STEM study, he notes. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (08 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How US-born and foreign-born English-learners differ
    Foreign-born English-language learners at San Pedro High School in California are mastering the language faster than US-born students who have been identified as "long-term English learners." While no overall statistics are available, one reason cited for the disparity is that foreign-born students may already have mastered their native tongue and can focus on learning English, while the US-born students are learning English while also trying to learn the native language of their parents. "It delays their progress in Spanish and it delays their progress in English at the same time. It ends up almost like a created learning disability," Jill Aguilar, an associate professor of education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, said of some students. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (11 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • Fund invests in professional development of England's teachers
    A new £24 million London Schools Excellence Fund has been established to help improve teaching in England's schools. Among other things, the fund will go to support professional development for teachers through a residential programme for primary- and secondary-school teachers. Schools, along with their partners, will be invited to bid for money from the education fund. BBC (11 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • France faces backlash over plan to extend school week
    Teachers, parents and city governments in France are protesting plans to add a half day of school for most students on Wednesday -- which typically is a day off -- and shorten the school day the remainder of the week. At issue, they say, is that the plan, crafted without their input, does not address the root of issues with the country's education system. "The difficulties facing our students and our schools need pedagogical responses," said Sébastien Sihr, general secretary of France's national union of primary schoolteachers. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Technology 
  • Estonia schools add high-tech maths lessons
    In Estonia, 30 schools soon will begin using computer-based maths through a pilot programme in which students will be taught the real-world applications for the subject. The teaching method also focuses less on doing sums and more on the use of computers for computation. Supporters say that, in many cases, schools are hitting roadblocks in teaching students to do computations by hand, but this teaching method assumes that students can use computers for such calculations. The Wall Street Journal/TechEurope (11 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Online programme aims to boost students' self-esteem
    A firm in Ireland has developed a high-tech therapy programme intended to help teenagers develop self-esteem and avoid developing eating disorders and other psychological issues. The online e-therapy programme, SeeMySelf, has been piloted by a group of teenagers and blends in-person contact with e-therapy. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (11 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Register now for the SISG Diploma Module
    SISG Diploma Module is designed to challenge thinking and to provide the tools for board members, school owners, and administrators, to build on their existing knowledge and strengths to further the sustainable success and effectiveness of their schools. There will be a focus in this Module (8 - 10 March 2013) on effective financial and risk management, dashboard management, balanced score card and marketing. Registration details can be found on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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