UK school adopts Montessori approach for teens | Study: Some students struggle with emotions | Nigeria weighs teaching maths, science in indigenous languages
21 June 2017
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Learning and Teaching
UK school adopts Montessori approach for teens
Students attending the UK's first school programme for adolescents to be endorsed by the Association Montessori Internationale learn in mixed-age groups and in partnerships with mentors they meet with weekly. Teachers also act as "guides" or coaches, says Paul Pillai, a head guide.
The Guardian (London) (15 Jun.) 
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Study: Some students struggle with emotions
Study: Some students struggle with emotions
Students with dyslexia in Singapore were not only more likely to have problems learning to read and write but also have higher levels of depression, according to a study by researchers at the University College London. The study included data from students in 13 primary schools.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (20 Jun.) 
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Getting to September, Part II: The First Four Weeks
As students and teachers prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year, questions linger. What will instruction look like this year? Will learning be fully online, in person or a mix of both? Tune in August 18th to hear a panel of educators discuss strategies for navigating the first few weeks successfully. Register Now
Professional Development
Programme supports students with visual impairments
A US school recently piloted a teacher-training programme in Argentina and India aimed at helping educators support students with visual impairments. The Perkins School for the Blind plans to expand the programme to reach 1 million teachers worldwide by 2030.
Reuters (14 Jun.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Culatta discusses education's "thorny" issues
Culatta discusses education's "thorny" issues
Personalising education, telling better stories about teacher successes, and improving collaboration between technologists and educators are among the top priorities for Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education. In this interview, Culatta outlines how he sees ISTE helping to solve "the big, thorny issues" in education.
T.H.E. Journal (14 Jun.) 
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Australian panel recommends STEM goals
Higher-education institutions in Australia should improve science, technology, engineering and maths education, and teachers should receive more STEM training, according to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. The panel offered 38 recommendations to help improve workforce training.
ZDNet (19 Jun.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study finds more advantages to being bilingual
Study finds more advantages to being bilingual
Researchers studying language recognition have concluded that bilingual students are better at recognizing speakers' voices than peers who speak only one language. For the study, bilingual and monolingual students received instructions for tasks in English with a German accent and were observed to see how they would process and respond to data.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (14 Jun.) 
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