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12 December 2012
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Saudi Arabian international school garners recognition
    The Novel International School in Saudi Arabia recently was accredited by the British Council with an International School Award. The school received the award during a showcase of its curriculum, students and staff. The event included educational projects in mathematics, IT, science and technology, literature, biology and more. Saudi Gazette (06 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Philosophy club at England school gets students thinking
    A philosophy club at a school in Sussex, England, is encouraging 8- and 9-year-old students to reflect on difficult questions and exchange ideas. During recent club meetings, the Mind Explorers discussed whether they should eat pigs if the animals could talk and whether society has benefited more from the invention of the wheel or the box. The club has grown in popularity and encourages students to engage in critical thinking independent of the school curriculum. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (05 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • Abu Dhabi to require new tests for teachers
    In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, some teachers will undergo testing in English, maths and science, and the results of those tests will be used to determine professional-development needs. The Cambridge Placement Tests, to be administered online, will gauge whether teachers are ready to teach in bilingual classrooms, in part by assessing teachers' skills in reading, listening and language. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (10 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership and Governance 
  • England's teachers oppose salary reforms
    Officials in England have announced changes to the way teachers are paid. Among the reforms, which have drawn opposition from teachers, is a plan to freeze the pay of struggling teachers, while those who excel are granted raises. Headteachers also would get more discretion over teachers' raises -- effectively ending national control over teachers' pay that has been in place since the 1920s. The Independent (London) (05 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why all students may not need tablets
    In this blog post, journalist Swati Prasad suggests that while there have been widespread efforts to introduce tablet computers in India's classrooms, the students in village schools -- not cities -- will benefit most from the technology. She finds that while there are drawbacks to using the devices in more connected schools in India's cities, tablets offer more opportunities and resources for students in rural villages. ZDNet (Asia)/Inside India blog (07 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Indonesia seeks to use ICT-based education in schools
    During the recent International Symposium on Open, Distance and E-Learning, officials in Indonesia announced plans to use ICT-based education in schools. Under the plan, information and communication technology would be rolled out in 100,000 schools nationwide by 2014. "Indonesia is an archipelagic country with 13,000 islands, but we are optimistic that we can provide the best education to all school-age students despite any geographical obstacles," professor Taufik Hanafi said. The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)/Bali Daily (05 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Statistical Survey version 2.0 available now
    See how your school compares to other member schools with the new ECIS Statistical Survey 2.0. Simply enter your school's data and you will be able to run reports on how you and others rate in regards to enrolment, faculty size, budget and more. Visit and enter your ECIS username and password to begin using this tool right away. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • April Leadership Conference deadline for proposals soon
    Next year, ECIS will be hosting its annual April Leadership Conference in Berlin, Germany. Join us 4 to 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. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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