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Learning and Teaching
Dual-credit programmes are offered in Canadian provinces
Schools in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, are working to help students transition to college and career by offering dual-credit programmes, transferable to trade schools and colleges. The programmes are intended to help direct more students to skilled trades, close the skills gap for graduates and fill needed positions in the job market. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (02 Oct.)
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School in London uses Shakespeare to help teach English
A London school with an immigrant student population that speaks a collective 56 languages at home teaches Shakespeare to improve students' written and spoken English-language skills. The students start at age 4 and perform short Shakespeare-based plays during their first year. Older students read longer works and attend theater performances. Bloomberg (30 Sep.)
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Professional Development
Ireland Teaching Council requires ongoing PD
In Ireland, the Teaching Council is asking educators' opinions about proposed rules requiring that teachers be engaged in continuous professional development to remain on a new professional register. Full details of the plan are not expected to be released until 2016, but the proposal calls for teachers to take courses, undergo training and participate in learning networks. The Irish Times (Dublin) (06 Oct.)
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Leadership and Governance
Is this independent school in England a model for state schools?
A top independent school in England has adopted its own courses and curriculum -- deviating from the General Certificate of Secondary Education. Now, this commentary examines whether it's possible for state schools to follow the same path, given the stricter government regulation. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (30 Sep.)
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Technology
How schools worldwide are using tech in innovative ways
Schools in Japan, Mexico and Singapore are using technology in innovative ways that could serve as lessons for US schools, according to this article. In one case, Mexico City schools opted not to participate in the "tablet craze" and instead allow students to bring their own devices. T.H.E. Journal (01 Oct.)
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Report: European schools are becoming more high-tech
A recent report finds that within the next year, it will be commonplace for schools in Europe to use tablets and cloud computing in the classroom. The Horizon Report Europe: 2014 Schools Edition also predicts that virtual laboratories will be used in four to five years. V3.co.uk (U.K.) (03 Oct.)
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