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02 September 2015
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Will schools in Cuba resume teaching English?
The announcement in July that the US and Cuba would restore diplomatic ties has led to calls for Cuba's schools to resume teaching the English language. Officials say the renewed relationships between Cuba and the US will make it more necessary for young Cubans to learn English. Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (31 Aug.)
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School in Australia focuses on students' individual needs
Lessons and programmes informed by neuroscience are helping a school in Australia meet benchmarks for students' academic and social emotional performance. Students begin each day with breakfast and a visit to the emotion wall, where they indicate how they are feeling. ABC (Australia) (31 Aug.)
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Only one month until Project Zero Perspectives: Zeroing in on Learning in Amsterdam! This international conference will consider learning environments in which learners can thrive; how focusing on thinking can lead to richer learning; and what lessons can be drawn from effective collaboration. Register now!
Professional Development
Educator: Teacher leadership supports global education
Teacher leadership is essential to advancing global education, writes Noah Zeichner, a social studies teacher in Seattle. In this blog post, he reflects on the teacher-leadership program at his school and how he learned that "global education is more than just teaching about the world." Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (27 Aug.)
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Leadership and Governance
State in India reports decline in number of private schools
After seven years of gains, the number of private schools in a state in India has declined. Officials say the reduction of 574 private schools over the past two years came after a government order to close the schools amid improvements in the quality of state schools. The Times of India (01 Sep.)
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Alberta, Canada, delays plan for mandatory digital testing
Alberta, Canada, will extend a Grade 3 digital testing pilot program by one year following concerns raised by teachers and others. At issue, some say, is that making the tests mandatory now could negatively affect some schools -- particularly smaller schools. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (30 Aug.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
How teachers can start the school year on a positive note
Neurologist Judy Willis offers tips to help teachers beat stress and begin a new school year with a positive mindset. Suggestions include staying optimistic, practicing gratitude and kindness, and e-mailing incoming students before the first day of classes. The Guardian (London) (27 Aug.)
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ECIS Educators Conference, Barcelona, 18-21 November 2015
The ECIS Annual Educators Conference is a fantastic professional development opportunity and registration! Through the theme of this year's conference, Designing on Purpose, we hope to achieve a shift in focus to intention, impact and implementation, so that participants can return to their schools and begin to make a change straight away, as a result of the exchange of ideas at the conference. More information and registration here.
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ECIS Governance Symposium
Join us in London on Saturday 17 October for a daylong event dedicated to governance as leadership. Keynoted by Richard Chait, this event is for school administrators, school leaders, aspiring leaders, and, especially trustees! It will bring together those interested in the framework of governance as leadership, including international schools as well as UK independent and state schools. More information here.
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-- Louis Pasteur,
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