Japanese-language lessons popular in Malaysia | Opinion: Multilingual instruction improves learning | Cultural perceptions could affect the use of language
15 March 2017
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Japanese-language lessons popular in Malaysia
Japanese-language lessons popular in Malaysia
Japanese is among several foreign languages that students in Malaysia can learn, along with Arabic, Chinese, French or German. Government policies have contributed to the language's popularity, and some educators travelled to Japanese universities to learn the language in the 1990s.
The Star Online (Malaysia) (12 Mar.) 
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Opinion: Multilingual instruction improves learning
Teaching students in the languages they speak has a powerful influence on their learning, writes Aaron Benavot, director of the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO. In this blog post, he shares how multilingual teaching helps boost educational outcomes.
HuffingtonPost.co.uk (UK) (08 Mar.) 
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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
Ideas for fostering shared leadership
Everyone benefits from shared leadership, write author Peter DeWitt and Jenni Donohoo, with the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this blog post, they discuss the Ladder of Teacher Involvement in School Decision-Making model.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12 Mar.) 
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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
Professor: Mobile apps offer benefits, potential concerns
Some teachers in Australia use mobile apps to track and share information about students. Neil Selwyn, professor of education at Monash University, addresses the benefits -- and potential questions and concerns -- of using such technology in schools.
ABC (Australia) (12 Mar.) 
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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!
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Schools in Southeast Asia embrace edtech
More schools in Southeast Asia are integrating online learning and other education-technology offerings, often through startup companies. Educators say the technology helps to expand access to education and enhance lessons.
Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model) (13 Mar.) 
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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
Does US English still dominate?
Does US English still dominate?
The influence of US English on other world languages was greater in the past and now is fading, says Lynne Murphy, an American linguist at the University of Sussex in the UK. Murphy says the Internet, television and media have changed, with people doing more exchanging of words rather than just receiving words.
Quartz (13 Mar.),  BBC (14 Mar.) 
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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/ASL Middle Leader Programme and Certificate
Building and Leading Teams, International School London, Qatar: 7th & 8th April. Register now and more information here.
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