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01 March 2017
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What is the best age to learn a language?
What is the best age to learn a language?
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The common belief that it is better for children to learn languages at a younger age may not be correct, asserts Warren Midgley, associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland. In this commentary, he points out some situations in which older students may be better able to learn languages.
The Conversation (Australia) (27 Feb.) 
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Harvard Online Certificate for K-12 Leaders
The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership provides current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools to improve their own leadership and effect meaningful systemic improvement. Modules begin May and September 2017.
Professional Development
Tips to form partnerships with parents
Teachers should share the good news -- and the bad -- with parents, says Thomas McCarthy, a learning mentor in the United Kingdom. He is one of several educators in this blog post who offer advice to help teachers engage with parents.
The Guardian (London) (24 Feb.) 
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Does PBL work for teachers' PD?
Does PBL work for teacher for PD?
The project-based learning format can deepen professional learning for teachers, writes Andrew Miller, an instructional coach at the Shanghai American School. In this blog post, he writes about how a group of middle-school teachers used the format to create a shared curriculum and describes how the structure could work for professional development.
Edutopia.org (23 Feb.) 
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Give Your Teachers the Support They Need
As students return to their schools, keeping them engaged whether at home or in the classroom is crucial. Teachers understand this, but need support and guidance to integrate the digital experience more seamlessly with the class activities they have planned. Download this SmartFocus and learn how to best help your teachers!
Leadership and Governance
College Board aims to improve test security
College Board plans to improve test security
Officials with the College Board have announced plans to help curb cheating on the SAT. Steps include reducing international testing dates, auditing testing centers and improving methods for reporting suspected cheating.
The Associated Press (22 Feb.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Survey reveals online-learning trends
A survey of more than 2.5 million students and teachers in 160 countries reveals online-learning trends among high-school and college students. The GoConqr survey found, among other things, that online learning tends to be done alone.
eCampus News (free registration) (23 Feb.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Interest Area Spotlight
Students participate in TED-style talks
Students participate in TED-style talks
Some high-school students in the United Arab Emirates recently participated in a TEDx Al Yasmina Academy event -- modeled after TED Talks. One student shared poetry and another spoke about the importance of music.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (26 Feb.) 
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Early Childhood Conference: Deepening Connections
St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium. 24-25 March 2017: website and full schedule here.
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ECIS/American School London Middle Leader Certificate
Curricular Design & Leadership, The Hague, 10-11 March 2017. Register now/more information.
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