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02 March 2016
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Technology transforms world-language education
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World-language education programmes are being changed by technology, according to a recent report commissioned by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The report includes several recommendations, including the use of design thinking and collaborative tools to enhance learning.
T.H.E. Journal (29 Feb.) 
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Do single-sex schools benefit students?
In this commentary, Sarah Burns, headteacher at Sandbach School in the UK, disputes recent reports that boys do not perform better in single-sex schools. Burns asserts that data show that boys -- as well as girls -- benefit from single-sex education.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (29 Feb.) 
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Do you feel overwhelmed? Practicing Presence is the book you need to take care of yourself as a teacher. Veteran educator Lisa Lucas supports you with ideas, exercises, checklists, anecdotes, and simple practices you can use to establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom. Preview the entire book!
Professional Development
10 theories of action teachers need in their toolboxes
An Australian educator and a British researcher have developed 10 theories of action that teachers need in their "toolboxes" to take on school improvements. This article focuses on how one school used those tools to tap into teachers' intrinsic motivation and give teachers more autonomy over their profession. (29 Feb.) 
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Leadership and Governance
3 ways to learn in international learning communities
International learning communities often foster three types of learning: instrumental, socialised and self-authoring, suggest Amelia Peterson and Jal Mehta, both of Harvard University. In this blog post, they offer examples of the learning styles and how they help participants in global networks learn from each other.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (25 Feb.) 
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Language teacher in Australia uses tech to engage students
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Sarah Payne, a teacher in Australia, integrates an online learning portal and other technology in her language lessons. Online tools, such as Language Perfect and, help make lessons more fun and engaging for students, she says.
Australian Teacher Magazine online (22 Feb.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Teacher: English-language classes more popular than ever in Cuba
Learning English is popular in Cuba, where the language increasingly is seen as a necessary skill for the future, asserts Beatrice Pignatelli, an English teacher in Cuba. In this commentary, she shares what she's learned while teaching there for the past six months. (27 Feb.) 
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ECIS 2016 Leadership Conference "Designing on Purpose" -- Waldorf Rome Cavalieri, Italy, 30 March–2 April
ECIS is called to design on purpose in international schools in more ways than ever before. From new business models for schools to leading practices in safety, security and child protection, to roles for new assessments in admission and harnessing the power that is advancement. Join us to find out how. More information and register here.
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ECIS/ASL EduLeader Micro-Credential -- Symposium III: Critical Conversations
ECIS in partnership with ASL (The American School in London) has developed the ECIS/ASL EduLeader micro-credential programme. The third module in this series is led by Ryan Burke, head of grades 6-12 at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, N.Y., and co-founder of Leadership+Design. The two-day workshop will take place on March 30-31 at the Waldorf Rome Cavalieri. Register here!
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