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07 February 2013  
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Israel begins new chapter with digital textbooks
    Plans in Israel to transition to 21st-century instruction include a pilot programme in which 100 elementary schools will begin using digital textbooks this year. Under the programme, fifth- and sixth-grade students will use digital textbooks in English, math and an elective picked by the school. Educators also will receive 60 hours of training on using digital textbooks and using the technology with their specific subjects. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (06 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
  • More UK schools own and operate farms
    The popularity of TV chefs who focus on home-grown ingredients and advocate for sustainability is inspiring more UK schools to become owners and operators of their own farms to help teach children and supply them with nutritional meals. "We're focusing more on school farms because we see the benefits to pupils of working with animals and the outdoors, especially kids who may struggle with mainstream academic approaches," said Janette Wallis, editor of The Good Schools Guide. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (05 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • 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
  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 Japan.

  • 10 Japanese high schools have long-standing ties with N. Korea
    Ten high schools now operating in Japan have ties to North Korea and provide students with an opportunity to study Korean language and culture. Among other things, North Korea provides the schools with money for textbooks and other materials and also allows the students to tour the country. Some students say they are interested in learning about the culture and showing their pride as Koreans, with North Korea having once been a colony of Japan. CNN (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Lunchtime in Japan provides more than food for thought
    A recent article about school lunches in Japan shows that students there are getting an education in more than nutrition, suggests Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com. In this blog post, she writes that, because students in Japan are prohibited from bringing food from home, they all eat the same thing -- giving them more time to focus on sharing a meal with one another. Students also take turns serving each other, providing another important lesson, she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (06 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reform and Research 
  • Support grows for use of Creole language in Haitian schools
    Although French-language proficiency is on the decline in Haiti, instruction in most Haitian classrooms is conducted in French. Now, there is growing support for educating the country's children primarily in Creole -- the language of choice for most. "We have lost, we have wasted, so many Einsteins because of the language barrier," said Michel DeGraff, a leading Creole scholar and Haiti-born linguistics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (06 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • You learn, you teach, now lead
    ASCD is seeking passionate educators for its 2013 class of Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders are educators who have been in the profession for 5 years to 15 years and want to get more involved in ASCD and the education community through an empowering two-year leadership programme. Nominate yourself or a fellow educator by April 1. Learn more about the programme. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips from the trenches
    Educator Stephen Sroka has been asking a diverse group of leaders to weigh in on working in education today. He's spoken with Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone; Betsy Landers, president of the National Parent Teacher Association; Scott Gilliam, director of training at D.A.R.E. America; and many others. Their comments, organised into Whole Child Blog posts, address school safety, student services, administration and teaching. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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