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24 December 2014
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Ontario seeks to weave financial literacy into curriculum
Officials in Ontario, Canada, are proposing integration of financial literacy across the curriculum, beginning in Year 4. Some, however, are concerned that the plan may be too ambitious, noting that many teachers will need additional tools and resources to teach financial literacy. The Toronto Star (16 Dec.)
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Headmaster: Do not let STEM overshadow the arts in UK schools
While science, technology, engineering and maths lessons are critical and should be a focus in UK schools, headmaster Keith Budge suggests that the arts and humanities should get equal attention. In this commentary, he writes about the benefits of teaching the arts in school and asserts that the country should do more to support it. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (17 Dec.)
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Professional Development
New Zealand looks to recruit more male teachers
Data show the number of male teachers in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand continues to decline despite national efforts to improve the gender disparity. At issue, some officials say, is the need for more positive male role models for students. Stuff (New Zealand) (22 Dec.)
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Leadership and Governance
Malaysia seeks to graduate more students in STEM
Government officials in Malaysia are calling for a significant boost -- from 40% to 60% -- in the number of high-school students specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths by 2020. The focus on STEM is part of the nation's efforts to transition from a developing to a developed country. The Atlantic online (18 Dec.)
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26 sites celebrate Hour of Code in Vietnam
During the recent Hour of Code celebrated worldwide, international schools and private schools in Vietnam participated in greater numbers than public schools. However, the country overall reportedly is ahead of many others in teaching computer science. Forbes (18 Dec.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
New Zealand researchers study effects of iPad on thinking, learning
A New Zealand university has received additional funding for its research into how iPads affect learning for students. Researchers are studying students performing specific tasks using iPads and recording how they talk and think. Stuff (New Zealand) (20 Dec.)
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LCLL Action Research for Heads
ECIS has a new exciting opportunity for school leaders to work in partnership with the prestigious London Centre for Leadership in Learning on action research, leading to a research certificate from LCLL. Training and support in action research, which begins the project, will be provided prior to the ECIS April Leadership Conference, so an early application is needed. For more information please visit LCLL Action Research for Heads.
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