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16 September 2015
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Learning and Teaching
Are bilingual children at an educational disadvantage?
Bilingual students in the UK can be at a disadvantage early on but often catch up with peers by age 5, asserts Joanna Clifton-Sprigg, of the University of Bath. Clifton-Sprigg writes in this article that more research is needed to determine performance gaps as students age. The Conversation (U.K.) (11 Sep.)
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Professional Development
UK schools struggle to recruit enough teachers
About 61% of science teachers in the UK have considered quitting, according to a report from the National Science Learning Network. The report comes as officials are grappling with a national teacher shortage that has affected the number of trainees in biology, chemistry and physics. The Guardian (London) (15 Sep.)
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Tips to use Twitter chats for PD
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Twitter can help educators grow their professional learning networks for professional development, write Denver Fowler, an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Mississippi, and John Riley, an instructor at the McVey Innovative Learning Center in Hilliard, Ohio. In this commentary, they offer tips to help educators get started on Twitter, including how to participate in Twitter chats. T.H.E. Journal (11 Sep.)
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Leadership and Governance
S. Korea debates teaching Chinese characters as part of lessons
Officials in South Korea continue to debate whether to include Chinese characters in Korean language and literature textbooks for elementary-school students. The move has drawn opposition from Korean-language educators and teachers. The Korea Times (Seoul) (14 Sep.)
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Does technology harm student achievement?
Students using computer
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Students who use computers more often in the classroom are more likely to score lower on international assessments, according to a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Findings also show that top-performing countries, such as South Korea and Shanghai, China, use less technology in the classroom. BBC (15 Sep.), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (14 Sep.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Schools in India go high-tech
Schools in India increasingly are integrating technology into the classroom, including CDs and digital textbooks. However, officials say traditional textbooks still are here to stay -- at least for now. "There are a few concerns we have with ebooks, including the strain on the children's eyes from staring at the screen through the day," said S. Amudha Lakshmi, principal of Chettinad Vidyashram. The Hindu (India) (15 Sep.)
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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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