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13 March 2019
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Learning and Teaching
Data: Few students in Australia studying Chinese
Data: Few students in Australia studying Chinese
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Enrolment in Chinese-language courses among students in Australia is "persistently low," according to a discussion at the Australia China Relations Institute. New South Wales Premier Bob Carr says the data is worrying, in part, because of Australia's special trading relationship with China.
Special Broadcasting Service (Australia) (13 Mar.) 
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Professional Development
UK teacher starts reading for pleasure effort
UK teacher starts reading for pleasure effort
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A primary-school teacher in the UK launched and operates a Twitter account, blog and conference series dedicated to teaching students to read for pleasure. Heather Wright says central to teaching reading for pleasure is to make it a routine part of the school day.
TES (UK) (08 Mar.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Students worldwide plan strike over climate
A student in Sweden is credited with helping to launch what is expected to be a strike among students worldwide on 15 March in support of action on climate change. The student, Greta Thunberg, started the movement by staging her own weekly protests for climate change action.
Science News (11 Mar.),  The Hill (11 Mar.),  Reuters (15 Mar.),  Vox (11 Mar.) 
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UNICEF highlights trials faced by children with disabilities
Millions of children with disabilities are missing the chance to get a normal education with their peers -- or in some cases, any education at all, according to a report from UNICEF. "UNICEF is calling for investments in quality availability and affordability of assistive technologies, as these products have the potential to drastically increase the number of children with disabilities accessing their fundamental right to education," says UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (08 Mar.),  Prensa Latina (Cuba) (07 Mar.) 
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Technology
Students share state history through virtual event
A class of Nebraska fourth-grade students presented livestreamed history lessons on their state to students at both nearby schools as well as students in Bahrain. Students spoke on various topics, including agriculture, state symbols and landmarks.
The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (05 Mar.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Language skills affect learning in Hong Kong
Weak understanding of Chinese language may be affecting understanding among ethnic minority students in Hong Kong, according to a survey by the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. Data show that such students understand about 70% of their class syllabus.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (10 Mar.) 
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ECIS News
ECIS Leadership Conference registration is now open!
Join us for the ECIS Leadership Conference 2019 -- on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, at Miragem Cascais Hotel, Portugal. We are proud to announce that registration for the ECIS Leadership Conference 2019 is OPEN! The theme this year is Exponential Learning and we really hope that you can join us for an inspirational few days of learning, sharing and networking. Learn more.
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ECIS and The Global Online Academy
Join ECIS and The Global Online Academy in Frankfurt 7-8 March for the Rethinking Assessment Summit. This two-day summit is for educators interested in learning about and developing new assessment practices that promote durable and transferable learning. Learn more here.
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