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26 February 2020
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Learning and Teaching
Language achievement gap closing in Australia
Students' whose first language is not English outperformed native English speakers on some portions of recent NAPLAN exams in Australia. The gains fell off in secondary grades -- a trend seen in other parts of the world.
Full Story: Special Broadcasting Service (Australia) (24 Feb.) 
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When joy is at the heart of teaching, learning is memorable.
Start with Joy by Katie Egan Cunningham links what we know from the science of happiness with effective literacy instruction. By infusing school days with joy, teachers can support children become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers. Read today!
Professional Development
Study says students benefit from teacher merit pay
Teacher merit pay programs may help improve outcomes for students, according to a review of 37 studies -- including 26 conducted in the US by researchers, led by Lam Pham from Vanderbilt University. Data show that the programs were most effective when paired with professional development for teachers.
Full Story: Education Dive (24 Feb.) 
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Education leaders might want to consider a role in an international school, according to Gwen Byrom, director of education strategy at NLCS International. In this commentary, she shares 10 key ways the role could be challenging and exciting.
Full Story: TES (UK) (24 Feb.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Women in Arab countries are still disproportionately affected by illiteracy and leaders in the region should take further steps to support women's education, United Nations experts say. More than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people are women, data from UN Women shows.
Full Story: The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (24 Feb.) 
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Officials should consider the toll that screen time and technology is taking on students, according to Kevin Kaardal, superintendent of a school district in Canada. During a recent presentation, he said that technology serves a purpose in education, but without limits could be taking a toll on students' health and wellbeing.
Full Story: Kelowna Capital News (British Columbia) (21 Feb.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Does language change how decisions are made?
People who speak two languages may find that they make different decisions based on which language they are using to think, according to this article about a study. Sayuri Hayakawa, an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a study co-author, says one reason for the difference is that a person may feel more emotionally connected to their first language than their second one, which can affect reasoning.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (19 Feb.) 
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ECIS Leadership Conference in Madrid, Spain
The annual ECIS Leadership Conference is being held 22-25 April in Madrid! The theme is "Learning Ecosystems" and we invite you to join our two-day pre-conference for deep dive sessions, followed by two days of workshops at our main conference. Learn more.
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ECIS Early Childhood Conference in Zug, Switzerland
ECIS are delighted to bring you the Early Childhood Conference, taking place 9-10 May 2020 in Zug. The theme is "Working and Wondering Together: Fostering Playful Inquiry." We invite you to join us for two days of sharing ideas about environments for playful enquiry, cultivating curiosity, and fostering agency and collaboration with young learners. Learn more.
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