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  • Educator calls for UK students to be tested on character
    A leading headmaster in the United Kingdom is calling for students to learn in school about manners, punctuality and other facets of personal development. Anthony Seldon, the Master of Wellington College, Berkshire, finds that in many cases, schools have sidelined such lessons in favor of exam preparation. Now, he is suggesting that lessons in values be the subject of a new General Certificate of Character Education. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (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
  • More Portugal schools are serving meals for students
    In Portugal, a growing number of schools are working to feed children who may not be getting enough food at home. One school helped to prevent student hunger by serving meals over Christmas break, and there are plans for students to continue receiving school meals when school is out over the Easter holiday. Donations also have helped schools nationwide serve breakfasts to students since the start of the school year. Arab News (Saudi Arabia)/Agence France-Presse (14 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • 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
  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 Mexico.

  • Mexico to alter teacher evaluations, hiring
    Mexico is poised to implement an education reform law that will change the way teachers are hired, evaluated and promoted. Under the law, which was approved by Congress and ratified by a majority of states, the current, more "discretionary" system would be abolished. "The goal of the reform is a quality education and for this there are two big things (needed): evaluating professional teachers and the body that will evaluate the system," said Sen. Juan Carlos Romero Hicks. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (16 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foundation in Mexico expands access to Khan Academy
    Carlos Slim, a telecommunications billionaire in Mexico, says his foundation will finance the translation of online Khan Academy lessons into Spanish and also sponsor the addition of courses on Mexican history. The goal, he said, is to help all students have access to "a free world-class education". So far, professors in Mexico have been able to translate 500 video lectures into Spanish. Associated Press (14 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Digital divide is emerging for women, girls
    A recent report urges technology companies, policymakers and nongovernmental organisations to do more over the next three years to boost Internet access among women and girls in developing countries. "Women's lack of access is giving rise to a second digital divide, one where women and girls risk being left further and further behind," said Melanne Verveer of the US State Department, which backed the report along with the United Nations and Intel. Reuters (10 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do UK teachers talk too much in class?
    In the United Kingdom, students often do not have enough time to talk in class, resulting in poor language and communication skills that can affect their self-esteem, according to a recent study published by the Communication Trust. The study found that lessons often "are dominated by teacher talk which rarely improves spoken language or enhances learning". The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (16 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • STEAMing up education
    The Boston Arts Academy adopted the STEM programme, with science and maths educators merging departments to connect subjects. But there was a lingering question: "How could we integrate creativity, teamwork, and communication skills into the classrooms?" It turned out that solutions were just down the hall in arts classrooms, explain faculty Ramiro Gonzalez, Linda Nathan and Mike Lonergan in a guest Inservice post on the school's current "STEAM" curriculum. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar on updating lesson plans to improve student achievement
    Join ASCD author Jane E. Pollock on Tuesday, 22 Jan. at 3pm EST for the first of four webinars with roots in the "One at a Time" book series. During this episode, Pollock will present GANAG -- Madeline Hunter's lesson plan schema updated using new research. Educators will learn to update lesson plan schemas to create lessons that improve student achievement and growth, and principals will learn to use GANAG for observations. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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