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13 March 2013
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England's "studio schools" blur the line between school, work
Sixteen "studio schools" have opened in England, offering high-school students a full academic and vocational curriculum, as well as the opportunity to work with local employers. The schools, which each enrol about 300 students, are open year-round and run on a typical work-day schedule. The schools target a variety of careers and have support from Hilton Hotels, Michelin and IKEA. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (11 Mar.)
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Some Chinese schools will limit homework
Some primary and high schools in China are working to adjust to a new policy, to take effect 19 March, that limits the amount of homework students can be assigned, eliminates midterm exams and bans the use of exam rankings, among other things. However, it's unclear if such regulations -- which have been adopted elsewhere in China -- will help to reduce students' burden, as parents step in to assign homework and more emphasis is placed on after-school programmes. Global Times (China) (10 Mar.)
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Exciting opportunity in multicultural and international learning community
American International School of Bucharest, Romania, seeks a new Director, effective August 2014. Learn more here.
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Australia to assess teachers' suitability for the job
Under new standards announced Monday for teachers in Australia, applicants could be assessed based on their suitability for the profession as seen in "interviews, demonstrated values and aptitude, and a written statement". The approach, which has the support of universities, is intended to ensure that teachers have the "passion" and "personal capacity" for the job, School Education Minister Peter Garrett said. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (12 Mar.)
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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.
Leadership and Governance
Israel directs schools to take a stand against racism
To help curb racism, Israel's Education Ministry has directed schools to hold discussions on the topic in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. Teachers were asked to discuss with students incidents of racism that were in the news recently and include racial discrimination in classroom lessons. Officials say the goal is to promote respect in the education system and beyond. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (10 Mar.)
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How technology has affected student learning
Research appears mixed on whether technology is affecting students' ability to concentrate and learn in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. However, many -- including Darren Northcott, national official for education at the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers -- have found benefits of using technology in the classroom. At one school in England, Ted-Ed videos and social media are used to engage students, and educators use the Internet to aid student research. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network/Teacher's blog (11 Mar.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Ways that young students can benefit from Twitter
Kathy Cassidy, an award-winning first-grade teacher, writes in this blog post about a time in which she used Twitter to help her students learn. The students, who already were communicating with a class in Australia, heard about devastating flooding there and wanted to check on their friends. They did so with a tweet, and what resulted was a series of informational and engaging tweets that helped connect students with an event happening across the globe. Powerful Learning Practice (07 Mar.)
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Apply now for the ITC Panama Institute in June
ITC Panama has been postponed to 24-26 June and is still accepting applications. The ECIS International Teacher Certificate (ITC) is designed to equip teachers with the global mindset necessary for successful teaching in the 21st century. It is an integrated, standards-based professional-development experience assessed by University of Cambridge International Examinations. The ITC is multicultural, multidisciplinary and cutting-edge. ITC Panama will be hosted by the Metropolitan School of Panama. Apply today!
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Deadlines nearing for many ECIS grants
Did you know that ECIS offers many grants, fellowships and awards throughout the year for students and professionals? Teachers can apply for the EAF (Education Across Frontiers) Scholarship now on our website (Deadline: 20 March). Individuals and groups can also apply for the ECIS Fellowship Grant (Deadline: 31 May) and ECIS Outreach Grant (Deadline: 31 May). Check back often to view all of our available opportunities.
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-- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister
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