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Partnership expands Chinese-language education
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Over the past decade, the Asia Society and the Confucius Institute have partnered to expand access to the Chinese-language curriculum in 28 states in the US -- affecting about 400,000 students. Officials say interest in learning Chinese has grown, in part, because of the strong trade relationship between the two countries.
Xinhuanet.com (China) (01 May.) 
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Study considers link between maths anxiety, society
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More girls than boys in developed countries report having maths anxiety, while reports are more evenly dispersed among boys and girls in less-developed countries, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers say parents' attitudes toward maths may play a role in students' anxiety.
The Huffington Post (28 Apr.) 
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
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Professional Development
Think tank: Increase pay for teachers in England
England's most disadvantaged schools often struggle to retain experienced teachers, according to a report from the Social Market Foundation think tank. The foundation calls for an increase in pay and support to boost retention.
The Guardian (London) (28 Apr.) 
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Leadership and Governance
England seeks to convert all schools to academies
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is pressing forward with a plan to convert all of England's schools to academies. The plan, which also has support from Prime Minister David Cameron, has drawn criticism.
BBC (27 Apr.) 
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Technology
Can classroom lighting affect student performance?
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Changing the lighting in a classroom may help students do better on maths tests and reading assignments, according to a study. Maths students improved their scores after taking tests in lighting that mimicked natural daylight, while reading improved in classrooms with a standard, or neutral, light, researchers found.
The Huffington Post (29 Apr.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Bidialectalism offers cognitive benefits, study finds
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Students who speak two dialects of the same language may share the same cognitive benefits as students who speak more than one language, research finds. For the study, linguists compared the students who grew up speaking Cypriot Greek and standard Greek with students who were monolingual and multilingual.
MedicalXpress.com (27 Apr.) 
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