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16 January 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • N. Ireland makes strides in educating students
    Officials in Northern Ireland are pointing to an investment in teachers and a revised primary-school curriculum for the country's recent success in international rankings. On the International Maths and Science Study and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, the country outperformed all other English-speaking countries. "The revised primary curriculum was designed to create independent learners," Minister of Education in Northern Ireland John O'Dowd said. "The aim was to create a curriculum flexible enough to allow for individual circumstances." The Irish Times (Dublin) (15 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does the metric system measure up for schools in Britain?
    Teachers, scientists and others in this article offer their opinions about a plan in Britain to focus on imperial measurements, rather than the metric system. Kay Gerrett, headteacher of Cedar Road primary school, says it is important for students to be able to convert between the two systems, while another educator, Chris Beesley, has found that the metric system could be easier for students who struggle with maths. The Guardian (London) (14 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Professional Development 
  • State in India trains teachers to offer career guidance
    One teacher in each government and government-aided school and higher secondary school in Goa, India, will be trained in career counselling to better address students' questions and needs in-house. The Goa Education Development Corporation will begin training educators this month, preparing them to offer career guidance to students. The Times of India (12 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • Ontario's teachers consider whether to continue protest
    A teacher protest in Ontario, Canada, has been ruled illegal, and now officials are calling on teachers to resume participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports and clubs. At issue, some say, is an anticipated shift in public opinion away from teachers if the work action continues. Some also say that if the protest goes further, it could affect teachers' political power in the future. The Toronto Star (15 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Swedish students learn academic lessons through gaming
    Teachers at a school in Sweden have made the computer game Minecraft a mandatory part of classroom lessons. The game allows students to work on city planning, environmental issues and other issues in a virtual environment. Educators say the game is a fun way for students to learn academic lessons, and they plan to continue using the 3D game in the future. The Local (Sweden) (09 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Interest Area Spotlight 
ECIS News 
  • Leadership Conference registration opening soon
    Mark your calendars for our April Leadership Conference for school Heads, Trustees, Principals, Business Managers, Advancement and Admissions Directors to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany, from 4th-7th April. The theme of this year's conference is Strike the Balance. CASE/ECIS are hosting a preconference on Wednesday, 3rd April on the topic of How Fundraising and Philanthropy Contributes to the Financial Sustainability of your School. Registration will open later this month on the ECIS website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ECIS affiliate member launches students against substance abuse summit
    On 16-18 Nov., 2012, the inaugural FCD SALSA ("Students Advocating for Life without Substance Abuse") Summit was held at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Eight schools with a total of over 40 adult and student participants from Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Massachusetts attended the first international gathering of non-use peer leadership teams. SALSA is an innovative program created by FCD for students who choose not to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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