27 October 2021
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Learning and Teaching
Global connections strengthen students' English skills
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Harikrishna Patcharu, a teacher at a high school in India, is helping to improve his students' English-language skills by connecting them with students in 300 schools in 60 countries via Skype. Patcharu also participated in a letter exchange for students in 15 countries called Pen Pal.
Full Story: The New Indian Express (India) (26 Oct.) 
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France's Education Ministry operates the Assistant d'Anglais (English Language Assistants) programme, which includes recruits from 64 countries who work in schools in France. Officials say the programme has about 4,500 assistant positions and recruits many educators from India.
Full Story: The Hindu (India) (24 Oct.) 
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Online Leadership Certificate Program at Harvard
The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) provides current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools, to improve their own leadership and effect meaningful change in education.
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Professional Development
V. Komathy, a teacher in Malaysia, recently was awarded the Global Teacher Award from AKS Education. Komathy was selected from 26,000 candidates worldwide, in part, thanks to her work to engage students in chemistry.
Full Story: Mashable (25 Oct.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
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Leadership and Governance
China has adopted a law aimed at addressing dual pressures of homework and off-site tutoring. Under the law, local governments are instructed to help curb those pressures and parents are asked to help students manage their time, so they get enough rest and exercise.
Full Story: Reuters (22 Oct.) 
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A Pandemic-Fueled Digital Transformation
COVID-19 has forced many US public schools to embrace remote learning. As such, schools, and educational institutions in general, have been forced to engage in some type of digital transformation. This SmartFocus explores the technological changes and advancements that have taken place in the educational space. Download Now!
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Measuring 21st Century Skills
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Reinventing Authentic Assessment in France
The demand for authentic assessment in schools has seen school leaders around the world turn to technology. Discover how the French Ministry of Education uses TAO to create engaging question types that measure students' 21st century skills, and what they are able to learn from the data.
Technology
Educational apps should pass three tests before they are introduced, according to Grace Pocock, a researcher at Royal Holloway. In this commentary, Pocock suggests apps be examined through the lens of whether they are cognitively active, engage with the learning material and support social interaction.
Full Story: TES (UK) (22 Oct.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Interest Area Spotlight
To create deeper learning, English teacher Mary Davenport writes that writing lessons are no longer from a "plug-and-play model," where everything is spelled out, but are now focused on "metacognition," where students learn to think about their writing. Davenport outlines the six steps of the approach, which include strength-based feedback and constant reflection.
Full Story: Edutopia (20 Oct.) 
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Why Education Leaders Need Coaches, Too
Teachers and staff carry an ever greater responsibility for student success. And if there was ever a time when leader coaching and professional development were needed, it's now. Read this SmartFocus to make sure your leader PD and coaching has the potential for greatest impact.
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ECIS News
ECIS Leadership Retreat 2021: 01-02 December
The ECIS leadership retreat facilitated by EnRusk Consulting is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for modern leaders to connect, design, and prototype solutions with a fantastic team of global consultants. Participants will find solace and inspiration from a thriving and inspirational professional learning network through connections with other leaders. During the retreat, the previous 18 months will be used as the catalyst to help to better understand the status quo, spot the gaps, and discover opportunities for change and innovation to set them and their schools on a path for future success. Learn more.
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ECIS & NEASC Leadership Conference 2022
Registration and call for proposals (deadline: 03 November) are now open for our Leadership Conferences next April. The theme, Refocus, Rethink, welcomes school leaders and other educators to conversations and collaborations that reflect what we do best: learn from experience. The first conference is face-to-face in St Albans (06-08 April), followed by a virtual conference two weeks later (20-22 April). Learn more about both conferences and how you can be part of Refocus, Rethink, either in-person or online.
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