How to blend lessons on content, language | How teachers can offer PBL during online learning | Program seeks to preserve Michif language, culture
28 October 2020
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Learning and Teaching
How to blend lessons on content, language
Teachers other than English language arts educators can still teach academic language, according to Tan Huynh, an international teacher. In this blog post, he shares a four-step process adapted from Beth Skelton, a Colorado-based consultant and educator, that begins with creating an "exit ticket prompt" of what students should be able to communicate at the end of the lesson.
Full Story: MiddleWeb (28 Oct.) 
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How teachers can offer PBL during online learning
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Synchronous, online lessons are best suited to engage students in project-based learning and maximize its use, according to Andrew Miller, director of teaching and learning at the Singapore American School in China. In this blog post, Miller shares online PBL strategies, including individual student conferences, peer critique and whole-class meetings.
Full Story: Edutopia (22 Oct.) 
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[Webinar]: How to engage students through playful learning
The shift to virtual learning environments has not made hands-on learning any less important or effective. In this webinar, experts will discuss playful learning activities that have worked with their students, and how you can assess the success of play-based initiatives. Register Now
Professional Development
There are five principles that should guide school leaders, asserts Sarah Ford, elementary principal at Danube International School in Vienna. In this commentary, Ford shares these "Cs" -- communication, compassion, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Full Story: TES (UK) (23 Oct.) 
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Improve learning with sound assessment data
You can rely on Cognia for assessments that matter, based on decades of innovation and expertise. Learn more.
Leadership and Governance
Schools around the world are trying different methods to safely reopen, according to a University of Washington study that looks at "protective bubbles" of 12 students in Denmark; students in different grades alternating in-person learning days in South Korea; and students from rural areas getting to the classroom in Uruguay. The report's data suggests these modifications could help to safely reopen schools in the US.
Full Story: Good Morning America (20 Oct.) 
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Student designs resource for online learning
A junior at a school in Ontario has created an online learning resource to support students and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic. The website,, includes over 300 online learning tools.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (22 Oct.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Class sizes spike during online learning
Some online class sizes have increased during remote learning, with teachers reporting as many as 60 students in one class. Chin-Hsi Lin of the University of Hong Kong says there is no "one-size-fits-all" class size but recommends that online classes be about the same as teachers would have when teaching in person.
Full Story: EdSurge (21 Oct.) 
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Welcome to #AdmissionsMonth!
Throughout October, you'll be able to benefit from a world of admissions-related resources, webinars, in-depth conversations, and inspirational articles. It's all designed to support and invigorate your school's admissions on every level, from marketing to metrics, management goals to strategy. Interested in being part of it? Visit here to learn more and register.
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The 2021 ECIS Multilingual Conference
Registration is open for the Virtual 2021 Multilingual Conference, 25-27 Feb. The theme is "Collaborations: Developing Every Student's Linguistic Repertoire". Visit our registration page to learn more about what is sure to be another dynamic and inspirational event. Learn more.
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