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23 January 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Narrative-based history curriculum is proposed in UK
    A team of academics and teachers in England will propose a history curriculum to state academies and private schools they say is an improvement upon the national curriculum. The curriculum, published by the History Curriculum Association, begins in early grades with lessons about dinosaurs and includes 2,000 years of British and world history. The national curriculum focuses more on broad themes, rather than the narrative of history. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (18 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • Nigerian state's teachers are trained in science, maths
    In Zamfara, Nigeria, officials are seeking to increase the quality of science and maths teachers, in part through additional training. Already 500 primary-school teachers have undergone training through the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, and the board has pledged to review teaching methods with educators to ensure quality teachers are in the classroom. Daily Trust (Nigeria) (17 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership and Governance 
  • Israel announces performance-pay plan for teachers
    Israel has unveiled a new merit-pay system for teachers, in which educators are eligible for bonuses based on "achievements in learning," "social achievements," and "achievements in values" by schools. Values achievements are classified as enroling larger numbers of students with special needs or having a "high rate of enlistment for military, national or civil service". Critics, however, say the focus on military enlistment could be problematic. The Christian Science Monitor (20 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time running out for education reforms in Australia
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced plans to implement education reforms in 2014. However, officials say they need the details of her proposals as soon as possible to budget enough money to effectively carry them out. The details are expected to be completed by March or April, officials say. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (20 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IPads are becoming more common in New Zealand's schools
    A school in New Zealand is requiring all Year 9 students to use iPads while a government committee is recommending all students and teachers have access to a tablet or laptop computer. "I think it's both beneficial at a social and economic level because if we can ensure that New Zealand students are the most digitally literate in the world then they will have more opportunities both at an education level, but also at a job level," said committee chairperson and National MP Nikki Kaye. Stuff (New Zealand)/Waikato Times (19 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ECIS News 
  • Register soon for the ECIS Leadership Conference
    Registration will open soon for the ECIS April Leadership Conference in Berlin 3-7 April. The keynote speakers will be: Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel, United Nations; John Carr, Director, Internet Watch Foundation; and Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, University of Oregon. There will be dedicated professional development strands, networking opportunities and much more. Look for registration to be opening soon. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ECIS iTunes U
    Are you taking advantage of ECIS iTunes U? If not, what are you waiting for! ECIS iTunes U is the result of a collaborative effort between participating ECIS schools. The channel houses a growing collection of K-12 courses and mini-lesson style podcasts covering a broad range of subjects and topics taught in international schools. All materials are available to the public. Visit our website to find out how you can start using or contributing to the channel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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