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17 May 2017
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How Dubai's private schools remain "future ready"
How Dubai's private schools remain future ready
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There are three main ways in which private schools in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will remain "future ready," according to a report from the Education Development Trust. They include preparing students for the workplace, focusing on student happiness and well-being, and effectively integrating technology.
Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) (15 May.) 
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Programme prepares students to learn
Students at a primary school in England use the Kaleidoscope programme in every class each day to improve their overall well-being. In this commentary, headteacher Tony Draper describes how the approach prepares students to learn.
The Guardian (London) (11 May.) 
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About 41% of elementary schools in Ontario have a "specialist music teacher" -- down from 48% 10 years ago -- according to a report from the nonprofit People for Education. The report finds that urban schools are more likely to have such teachers.
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Leadership and Governance
School choice is popular in Australian state
More than 52% of state primary-school students and 53% of secondary-school students in Victoria, Australia, are not attending their neighbourhood school, according to an Auditor-General report. However, some critics of the practice say school-choice programmes are leading to inequity in education.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (16 May.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
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Using social media with language students
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Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How students avoid ban on Snapchat, Instagram
Some students in Toronto have found a workaround to a recent district ban on accessing Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix at school. Officials say students are using Virtual Private Networking apps to mask their online activity.
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