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15 July 2015
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Learning and Teaching
British schools expand Arabic language instruction
The British Council is working to increase the number of students studying Arabic at school. The push was spurred in part by research showing that Arabic was the second most important language for future workers -- topped only by Spanish. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (12 Jul.)
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Writing class improves success of at-risk college students
A college course that encourages students to write about their past and their goals has been found to reduce the dropout rate and improve success for at-risk students. The "self-authoring" course now is being used in colleges such as the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, where officials say it has improved the academic success of minority students. National Public Radio (10 Jul.)
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Professional Development
US professor, Chinese educators to collaborate for hands-on lessons
Education officials in China have entered into a partnership with a US university to help integrate more creativity into school curricula. Boston College professor Mike Barnett, who has implemented a hands-on, problem-based programme in about 2,000 US schools, will help lead the charge. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (13 Jul.)
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Leadership and Governance
Is the educational struggle worsening in some parts of the world?
An education and development conference in Norway recently focused on the educational struggle that children -- particularly girls -- face worldwide. This article shines a light on the struggle in some parts of the world to get an education and what that means for illiteracy and the future. BBC (09 Jul.)
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Technology
Study explores academic benefits of "Minecraft"
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"Minecraft" can offer lessons in problem-solving, research, creative thinking and social interaction, according to a recent study. Video games paired with hands-on projects can help foster greater understanding of complex subjects, says Scot Osterweil, educational game designer and creative director of MIT's Education Arcade. The Christian Science Monitor (07 Jul.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
How digital learning boosts students' global competence
Technology plays a key role in preparing globally competent students, writes Qiana Patterson, executive director of New Global Citizens. In this blog post, she explains how virtual tools and resources help students develop 21st-century skills and what policymakers and developers can do to help students navigate a connected world. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (07 Jul.)
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This year we are also offering a new membership category -- Global Access Membership aimed at start-up/early stage international schools not yet accredited, and state and independent schools offering an international programme or an internationally oriented curriculum. The membership category offers these schools an opportunity to connect with the international school network and build their capacity. Global Access Membership allows schools worldwide to join the ECIS network and enhance the network.
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Governance Symposium -- 17 October 2015 -- The American School in London
What does quality governance look like? Our touted SISG programme works with nonprofit and for-profit models, and we'll share some leading insights into these governance perspectives, gleaned from our work. We will open with a keynote from nonprofit governance featured speaker Dick Chait, (Emeritus, Harvard University). Details and registration will soon be open for this day-long symposium. Please confirm your interest here so that we can notify you when registration is open!
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