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24 May 2011  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Which country has the best behaved students?
    Student behaviour is improving in classrooms worldwide, according to a recent study that shows students in Japan are the least likely to cause disruptions. Despite growing concern over student misbehaviour, the OECD study shows behaviour actually improved between 2000 and 2009. Seven of the 10 best-behaved countries or regions are in Asia, with two Chinese school systems among the top four. BBC (24 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian programme teaches students empathy
    Roots of Empathy, a Canadian programme that teaches students social and emotional lessons by having a parent and baby regularly visit a classroom, has expanded to the United States. Mary Gordon, the Canadian educator who founded the program in 1996, said her goal was to teach students empathy to prevent issues, such as violence and neglect, later in life. Students watch parents interact with their babies, and studies show reduced aggression among students and improvement in how they treat others. The Seattle Times (18 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australia seeks solution to absenteeism among aboriginal students
    Teaching students in their native language may help reduce student absenteeism among aboriginal students, says Victor Dominello, the new Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in New South Wales, Australia. "I went to a lot of the remote areas, and they want their kids to have a greater sense of self. That happens ideally through the school system, where kids are taught more about their indigenous language or their cultural history," he said. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (23 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British data links Internet access with better achievement
    Students in Britain with access to the Internet at home have an advantage over their peers without home computers, according to the e-Learning Foundation. The charity cites research showing that students who use the Internet to study at home are likely to earn better grades than those who do not. The data show a continued need to bridge the gap between poor students and their peers, the foundation states. The Guardian (London) (21 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • Quebec to recruit additional ESL teachers
    Quebec's schools will need to hire an additional 1,235 English teachers as it expands instruction of the language in French public schools over the next five years. However, some are questioning where the province will find enough qualified teachers. Local universities report a low number of teachers training to teach English as a second language. The Gazette (Montreal) (tiered subscription model) (23 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • England to ease rules on hiring foreign teachers
    England will abolish a rule next year that requires teachers from outside of the European Union to be retrained in the country. Officials say easing the rules will help attract top teachers and fill shortages in some subjects. The new rules at first will apply to teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States -- which share similar teacher qualifications with England. The changes are expected to eventually include teachers from other countries, such as South Africa and Singapore. Telegraph (London) (23 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regional Spotlight: Afghanistan 
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on China.

  • Why fewer Chinese students are taking the national college test
    Fewer students throughout China are taking the national college entrance exam -- a trend being attributed to the accessibility of overseas education, fewer births and other factors. The drop ends the days of tight competition to get into universities and has some private universities concerned about how a shrinking pool of students will affect them financially. (China) (23 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Web video aids collaboration between students in US, China
    A group of students at an American primary school used Web video conferencing to collaborate with students in China. A teacher in China, who translated, helped the students communicate on the project, which was designed to utilize students' creative and critical-thinking skills. "It's cool talking to someone from a different country and hearing them speak in a different language," said Jessie Schwartz, a US student. The Miami Herald (free registration) (20 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reform and Research 
  • Toronto changes policy and will permit cellphones in classrooms
    The Toronto, Ontario, school board has reversed a decision it made four years ago to ban cellphones in schools. Beginning in the fall, teachers can permit students to use cellphones in the classroom for academic purposes. Observers say the change signals a shift in the perception of cellphone use in the classroom, that rather as a distraction it can be used as an educational tool. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (19 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should England allow top schools to grow?
    England's most popular schools will be allowed to admit more students, Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced. The government currently places restrictions on the expansion of such schools, but Gove said the change will allow more students to attend their top-choice schools. However, others say that since school funding is determined by enrollment, some struggling schools could lose funding. Telegraph (London) (23 May.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • ASCD announces new online-only membership options
    Does instant, digital access to ASCD books, Educational Leadership magazine, and ASCD's diverse newsletters sound like a convenient, eco-friendly dream come true? Educators who prefer to receive ASCD resources in an exclusively electronic format can now take advantage of two new, cost-effective membership options: Premium Online and Select Online. Visit to discover the additional perks of ASCD membership.
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  • Archived sessions from Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference are available on the Web
    Did you miss ASCD's inaugural Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference earlier this month? It's not too late to find out how schools across the United States and Canada are aligning health and education. Access archived sessions on implementing a fresh fruit and vegetable program, coordinating school health with a sustained approach and more. You'll hear from HSC staff, as well as HSC program sites, and a variety of experts. Click on the session titles to tune in. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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