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04 March 2015
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Australian independent school finds success with IB curriculum
The International Baccalaureate program offers a holistic approach to education that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, writes Milton Cujes, headmaster of an independent school in Australia. Cujes, in this commentary, writes about the success his own school has had with IB, which now is in place in 140 countries worldwide. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Mar.)
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Should UK schools do more to teach morality, character?
Character education should be included in teacher-preparation programmes and taught as part of the school curriculum, researchers with Birmingham University's Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues said. These recommendations are based on findings from a recent study on student moral judgment. The Guardian (London) (27 Feb.)
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Professional Development
England's schools to play greater role in counterterrorism
Schools in England now have greater responsibility to ensure that students are not drawn into terrorism under legislation that took effect last month. In this blog post, researcher Amy Cook shares five things headteachers should know about the new requirements. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (02 Mar.)
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Leadership and Governance
Girls continue to seek education despite threats
Efforts to keep girls in school continue to be hampered by threats of violence and an increase of extremism, say United Nations human rights officials. Girls who do attend school despite obstacles "are role models who give courage to other girls, and together they can change attitudes," says Veronica Birga, a UN human rights officer. The Christian Science Monitor (28 Feb.)
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How school leaders can make the most of technology, social media
School leaders should strive to do more with technology and social media such as Twitter, school principal George Couros writes in this blog post. Instead of simply using Twitter or learning how to blog, education leaders should be encouraged to use those tools to build relationships, connect with the community and drive change, he suggests. Connected Principals blog (28 Feb.)
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Bilingual education begins early in Australian school
Students attending the International Grammar School in Ultimo, Australia, begin learning a second language as early as kindergarten. The young students take part in a partial-immersion programme for about 25% of the school day. In this commentary, principal Shauna Colnan writes about the benefits of a bilingual education and how her school makes it work. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Mar.)
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Come and join us in "Catalysing our Creativity" at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Brussels from 8-11 April 2015. Registration is now open with conference information and registration found here. An exciting programme awaits beginning with pre-conference workshops and tours. Our line-up for the main conference includes Juliana Rotich, Executive Director of Ushahidi, Graham Brown-Martin, the founder of Learning without Frontiers, and Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA.
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