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22 February 2017
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Opinion: Students need multilingual education
Opinion: Students need multilingual education
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More schools should adopt multilingual education, suggests Kate McDermott, a senior education specialist with Save the Children Thailand. In this commentary, she explains how students benefit from learning their mother language and their "national language."
Bangkok Post (21 Feb.) 
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School serves students who are twice exceptional
A private school in New Zealand primarily enrols students who are twice exceptional -- those with learning disorders who are gifted in another area, such as art. Some students who struggled in other schools say they are thriving now.
Stuff (New Zealand) (19 Feb.) 
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Professional Development
PD day focuses on indigenous studies
Teachers in Ottawa, Ontario, recently organised the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Subject Council PD day. The event, which drew over 140 educators, focused on indigenous studies.
CBC.ca (Canada) (18 Feb.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Solution sought for England's teacher shortage
The Education Select Committee in England is seeking a long-term plan to address the country's teacher shortage. Government officials say recruitment efforts are underway, particularly in physics and maths.
BBC (21 Feb.) 
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Technology
Students learn through virtual collaboration
Two theater professors -- one in Finland and one in Britain -- recently organised a long-distance theatre seminar using videoconferencing technology. The professors highlight the virtual theatre project and some of the challenges and solutions.
EdSurge (20 Feb.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Private school in UAE adopts interactive tech
A private school in the United Arab Emirates has installed interactive projectors and has adopted an iPad programme. Educators say the interactive technology is engaging students and helping to bolster collaborative learning.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (18 Feb.) 
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