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06 February 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Money lessons for Australian students make cents
    Selected high schools in Australia will test MoneySmart, a financial-literacy curriculum developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A similar programme already is in place in the country's primary schools. Under the secondary-school programme, students are expected to learn about "invisible money," and study practical applications, such as comparing mobile-phone contracts and considering whether it makes sense to buy bottled water. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (05 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IB helps 2 Calif. elementary schools thrive
    Two California elementary schools -- one with an affluent student population and the other with 70% of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches -- have seen enrolment and test scores rise with the adoption of the International Baccalaureate programme. The IB programme has grown worldwide, with 300 new schools authorised in 2012 to teach the curriculum that emphasises inquiry-based, independent learning. "It teaches them that, 'If I work hard enough, I can learn anything,'" principal Janine Burt said. Napa Valley Register (Calif.) (31 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • UAE teachers seek greater input in decision-making
    A recent survey of teachers in the United Arab Emirates finds that many educators are reportedly more satisfied by their jobs and working conditions than in the past. However, many women who responded to the survey said they are excluded from school-based decision-making -- a concern that has been raised consistently in past surveys. In response, officials say they are considering how to decentralise the UAE's education system. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (30 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
Leadership and Governance 
  • Should zeros be part of the grading scale in Canadian schools?
    Officials in Edmonton, Alberta, are considering a new policy regarding students' assessments, which would allow students to be given zeros for their work. However, the more detailed policy has drawn criticism from parents in the Canadian province -- particularly for the inclusion of zeros. The proposal, which is still under review, could be in place by next fall. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (30 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Australia could stop funding of laptop programme
    In Australia, parents are being asked to lease computers for students as funding for laptop computers for high-school students runs out in June. Officials say that with funding eliminated, aging computers that are unable to be used will not be replaced. To help, schools are offering the leasing option and asking students to bring their own computers. Unless a deal is reached on funding the programme, officials say it will be impossible to maintain the current one-to-one ratio of students to laptops. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Interest Area Spotlight 
  • Study: Ireland has higher rate of cyberbullying
    A recent study finds that about 25% of youths ages 9 to 16 in Ireland have been victims of cyberbullying -- a rate that is above the average for European countries. In many cases, the study finds, parents are unaware of the bullying, the effects of which can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of months or more. Responses to the bullying ranged from talking to friends and parents to blocking the aggressor online. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Leadership Conference registration now open
    Registration is now open for the ECIS April Leadership Conference in Berlin 3-7 April. The theme for this year's conference is Strike the Balance. The conference will feature dedicated strands for: Business/Finance Managers, Trustees, Advancement Officers and Admissions Personnel. Heads of School, Secondary Principals and Elementary Principals will have exclusive sessions, as well as be able to partake in additional strands. There will be numerous networking and social opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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