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Officials in New South Wales have announced plans to introduce maths and science specialists in primary schools. Opportunities to become science, technology, engineering and maths specialists will be made available to traditional generalist primary-school teachers, according to NSW Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.
Build a content-rich ELA curriculum Knowledge-building has become lost in today's standards-driven K-5 environment—to the detriment of young learners. Without this information base, skill development suffers. Get ideas for implementing an English Language Arts program that builds a knowledge foundation in this SmartFocus on ELA curriculum.
Finland's approach to education can serve as inspiration to educators worldwide, William Doyle, a Fulbright Scholar who joined the faculty of the University of Eastern Finland last year, writes in this commentary. He suggests the system offers global best practices, such as an emphasis on the whole child and research-based practices.
A region of China will offer three years of bilingual preschool education -- up from the current two years. Officials say the move is intended to expand students' access to high-quality education and increase the number of bilingual children.
Nova Scotia, Canada, plans to expand computer science education by introducing coding across the elementary school curriculum. "Some of the skills that they will be getting through the use of technology are things like teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity," Education Minister Karen Casey said.
Sonia Livingstone, professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, recently spent one year studying the digital lives of a class of 13-year-olds. In this commentary, she describes her findings, including that students often did their homework while checking Facebook.
The ECIS safeguarding certificate sets the benchmark for safeguarding training in international schools. Our four-part programme provides the principles -- the foundations -- for strong child protection policies and practices, complemented by assessments that require successful application of that knowledge. The programme is offered fully online, assessments are required after each section, and a Certificate of Completion is issued to each successful participant. Visit our website for more information.
ECIS November Conference 16-19 November -- Copenhagen, Denmark
The theme for this year's conference is Cultivating Curiosity, not just from the viewpoint of inquiry, as a catalyst for learning, but also in trying to understand how we can nurture it within existing systems, or shift our systems to allow for curiosity and passion to grow and transform children. We look forward to receiving your proposals via our conference pages. The deadline is 10 June.
If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.
Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer
Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities and consultancy services to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations.