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14 October 2015
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Teachers in Canadian district join effort to teach English
All teachers in an Alberta, Canada, school district must teach English as the population of English-language learners has grown to nearly 25% in schools. Math classes include English vocabulary lessons and classroom objects are labeled. Learning is boosted by English-language consultants on inclusive learning teams at every school. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (09 Oct.)
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Can Jamaica improve education for male students?
In Jamaica, reading and learning English as well as other modern languages are largely viewed as feminine pursuits. This article examines ways boys are being held back by low expectations and a lack of support. The Atlantic online (10 Oct.)
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How school leaders can work with teachers to improve PD
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S. Korea alters approach to history instruction
Middle- and high-school students in South Korea will be issued government textbooks beginning in 2017. The move away from private publishers follows a lengthy debate over the best approach to history instruction in the country. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12 Oct.)
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Ariz. students use mobile app to connect with students in China
High schoolers in Arizona are using a mobile application and a website to connect with students in China and other countries to help them learn English. Students say most of the people they've worked with on the app are other students who need to learn English to pass their exams. KPHO-TV (Phoenix) (12 Oct.)
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More students in China opt for MOOCs, online learning
The online education market is booming in China, where data show 40% of courses will be offered online within five years. Much of that support is for massive open online courses, which offer greater flexibility and more affordability. China Daily (Beijing) (12 Oct.)
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ECIS/ASL EduLeader micro-credential
A new Teacher-Leader micro-credential, the ECIS/ASL EduLeader Certificate will be launched at our ECIS November Conference in Barcelona. "Symposium 1 Understanding Power" takes place on 18 and 19 November 2015. Attend one symposium or attend all four (taking place between November 2015 and June 2016) to receive credit. For more information, visit this link EduLeader or register here.
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ECIS Educators Conference, Barcelona, 18-21 November 2015
The ECIS Annual Educators Conference is a fantastic professional development opportunity! Through the theme of this year's conference, Designing on Purpose, we hope to achieve a shift in focus to intention, impact and implementation, so that participants can return to their schools and begin to make a change straight away, as a result of the exchange of ideas at the conference. More information and registration here.
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