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04 December 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Students in India trade the classroom for the boardroom
    Students in Grade 12 at the Mallya Aditi International School in India participate in a project each year that has them setting up their own business and taking on corporate roles such as CEO. The goal is to help students gain practical business experience by having them create innovative products with minimal capital. The Times of India (03 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How leading countries teach maths
    A new draft curriculum for primary-school maths lessons in England ignores many of the top teaching practices from other countries, suggests David Burghes, professor of mathematics teaching at the University of Plymouth. In this blog post, he writes that leading countries in maths -- such as Finland, Japan and Singapore -- focus on the quality of maths teachers and have adopted mastery curricula that focus on the fundamentals. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (03 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Leadership 
  • Teachers continue job action in Ontario
    In Ontario, Canada, elementary-school teachers are planning to stage walkouts before the Christmas holiday. Secondary-school teachers also have agreed to job action, signalling they will not take part in sports clubs or extra-curricular activities. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (03 Dec.) 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 Thailand.

  • Thailand launches e-learning programmes with help from Intel
    The technology firm Intel is making investments in education in Thailand, providing tablet computers and related support for schools through a pilot programme. Intel also is assisting with teacher training and classroom-management support, officials said. Early research has shown that students have most benefited from the initiative in maths, science and English courses. The Nation (Bangkok) (04 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools in Thailand, US use Skype for distance-learning programme
    Students at a Wisconsin school are using Skype to participate in a distance-learning exchange with a school in Thailand. The Wisconsin students are learning about Asian culture in an accredited class taught by a teacher in Thailand, while students in Thailand learn about US history. Officials recently announced that the programme, which began about two years ago, would continue at least until 2015. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (30 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Lack of language ability is holding back Scotland's business
    Companies in Scotland have failed to take advantage of opportunities in foreign markets and prefer to export to English-speaking countries, a new study has found. The trend has developed because Scotland's labor force lacks bilingual workers. The study traced the problem to a drop in the number of students taking foreign-language courses during the past decade. Scottish government officials say a plan is under way to improve language skills. BBC (26 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools, parents consider Canadian court ruling on special-ed funding
    The Supreme Court of Canada recently awarded Jeffrey Moore, a student with dyslexia, about £62,546 for private-school tuition after the North Vancouver school board cut a programme for dyslexia to save money. Some say the decision could mean more parents will seek private-school tuition reimbursement if they disagree with a school's proposed programme. Others point out that the Moore case calls into question schools' programming decisions, and specifically in this case, concerning whether the district did enough to save the dyslexia programme. Both sides predict more litigation on the matter. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (01 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Tell me about...
    The March 2013 issue of Educational Leadership is all about "Technology-Rich Learning," and we want to hear from you. We're collecting reader stories that describe your experiences with using technology to enrich your students' learning for our Tell Me About column. The deadline to submit your writing to us -- in 200 words or less -- is 15 Dec. Submit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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