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07 October 2015
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Learning and Teaching
High school in England uses Zumba to engage students in language learning
dancing zumba
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Students at an all-girls high school in England are getting a workout while improving their Spanish-language skills. The school recently launched weekly Zumba classes conducted in Spanish to help the girls learn the language. The Chronicle (Newcastle, England) (04 Oct.)
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Lessons learned from Singapore's education system
Singapore has become a leader in education due, in part, to a focus on preparing children for the country's changing economy, says Andreas Schleicher, education director for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This article highlights lessons other countries can learn from Singapore. CNN (05 Oct.)
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Professional Development
What makes a globally competent teaching practice?
Educators need support and time to develop strategies and use tools to create an environment that encourages globally competent learning and awareness among students, asserts Dana Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of World Savvy. In this blog post, she shares how teachers can prepare students for a changing world and highlights what districts and schools across the US are doing to promote global competence in teaching and students. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (30 Sep.)
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Leadership and Governance
UNESCO roundtable discussion kicks off World Teachers' Day
Pakistani school children attend a UNESCO function
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World Teachers' Day, an initiative of UNESCO, was celebrated this week. This year, the organisation highlighted early-childhood education -- a field that statistics show is ripe for improved training, staffing and funding. A roundtable discussion on this and other international education issues took place in Paris. Time.com (05 Oct.)
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Technology
Does social media use by teens affect their nutrition?
Increased use of social media among middle- and high-school students may be negatively affecting their nutritional choices, according to a recent study by researchers at Ottawa Public Health in Canada. Researchers found that students were more likely to skip breakfast and drink soda and energy drinks the more time they spent on social media. MedPage Today (free registration) (30 Sep.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Data: Students in Russia gravitate toward learning Mandarin
Students in Russia are showing such an interest in learning Mandarin that officials have made the country's college-entrance exam available in Mandarin, along with English, French, German and Spanish. Data show that an estimated 5,000 high-school students are studying Mandarin, and teachers report an annual increase in interest in the language. Channel NewsAsia (04 Oct.)
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ECIS News
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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-- Eddie Rickenbacker,
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