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11 March 2015
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Female students in Ireland celebrate International Women's Day
Female students in Ireland celebrated International Women's Day by attending the third annual "Careers for Girls" event. The goal of the event, organized by Fidelity Investments and Junior Achievement Ireland, is to showcase career opportunities for women and encourage them to complete their education. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (08 Mar.)
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Study reveals gender gaps in reading, maths achievement
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Student attitude, behavior and confidence may contribute to gender gaps among 15-year-olds in maths and reading, according to a recent analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Data show boys, on average, performed lower academically than girls. However, the gender gap in reading narrowed among students ages 16 to 29. Reuters (05 Mar.)
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Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
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How educators can develop trust in the classroom
If teachers trust their students, their students will trust them, writes Emma Waters, a primary-school teacher in Australia. In this commentary, Waters offers tips to help teachers develop these relationships, such as by praising students, fostering co-operation and encouraging personal improvement and reflection. EducationHQ (09 Mar.)
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Australian school develops "whole-school programme" for PD
Independent schools should develop a "whole-school programme" for professional development, writes Robert Phipps, principal of a school in Australia. In this commentary, he describes the school's adoption of a student-centered teaching philosophy and how the school's focus on PD and teacher quality has helped to support its goals. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Mar.)
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Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
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Free mobile app provides high-tech foreign-language lessons
About 70 million people worldwide have downloaded a mobile application, Duolingo, which uses computer science to help students learn a foreign language. Creators of the app said their goal is to expand access to foreign-language lessons. The Guardian (London) (08 Mar.)
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Leveled readers: an opportunity or a disservice?
Leveled readers help struggling students learn to read, but they also limit their opportunities to acquire grade-level vocabulary, background knowledge and comprehension. Read this case study to see how equitable access to content can immediately impact student success at your school or district.
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Female students in Arab countries are pursuing majors in STEM
A growing number of female students in Arab nations are studying science, technology, engineering and maths, according to this article. Data from UNESCO show that females make up 60% of university engineering students in the Gulf region. U.S. News & World Report (04 Mar.)
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NEASC and ECIS Partner
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and ECIS are pleased to announce a partnership to co-develop a professional learning curriculum for schools seeking or maintaining NEASC accreditation through its Commission on International Education, PS-­12 (CIE). As part of this learning curriculum, ECIS will train team members for CIE Accreditation, offering face-to-­face and online training opportunities. Read more
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ECIS Leadership Conference – April 2015 - #ecisapr2015
Come and join us in 'Catalysing our Creativity' at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Brussels from the 8-11 April 2015. Registration is now open with conference information and registration found here. An exciting programme awaits beginning with pre-conference workshops and tours. Our line-up for the main conference includes Juliana Rotich, Executive Director of Ushahidi, Graham Brown-Martin, the founder of Learning without Frontiers, and Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA.
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