South Sudan academy beats the odds | Schools worldwide look to tap into success of Singapore maths | Australian students as young as age 4 could learn a second language
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29 October 2014
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South Sudan academy beats the odds
An academy in South Sudan, Africa, is becoming an unlikely educational success story despite poor infrastructure and limited resources. The private school, in an area plagued by conflict and poverty, emphasises the achievement of girls, focuses on science lessons and is home to the only computer lab in the area. The Guardian (London) (28 Oct.)
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Schools worldwide look to tap into success of Singapore maths
A growing number of countries worldwide are adopting the Singapore-style maths education following widespread praise of the teaching style and the country's continued success on international exams. The method, now being used in countries such as India and Australia, focuses on such things as deeper learning and images. The Straits Times (Singapore) (subscription required) (24 Oct.)
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England seeks to help reduce teachers' workloads
The Association of School and College Leaders is proposing that teachers in England spend less time marking books and more time working directly with students. The proposal comes as Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, prepares to launch the Workload Challenge to help reduce educators' workloads. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (22 Oct.)
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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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Australian officials pledge improvements for independent schools
Two political parties in Australia are vying to get the upper hand in their pledges to upgrade Catholic and independent schools, with each side saying they will make substantial capital investments. One side also is pledging to buy 3D printers for about 400 government high schools and special schools. Yahoo/Australian Associated Press (27 Oct.)
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Canadian schools get a boost from tech firms for STEM lessons
A growing number of technology companies and universities are investing in school programmes in Canada that focus on developing students' skills in science, technology, engineering and maths at an early age. Examples include a University of Toronto coding camp and a Cisco Canada programme where employees mentor students. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (28 Oct.)
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UK adds cybersecurity to high-school curriculum
Secondary school students in the UK will now get a crash course in cybersecurity, besides their other lessons, thanks to a new programme sponsored by the Cabinet Office and the National Crime Agency. Under the programme, students will learn about the spread of malware and security basics such as firewalls as well as the growing career opportunities in cybersecurity, with an eye towards bridging the talent gap. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (23 Oct.)
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ECIS would like to give you the opportunity to take the stage during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Conference. Share your thoughts on innovation or an innovative programme at your school. Send us your video (no more than 5 minutes long) on the topic that you would like to present in front of an audience of over 1,000 fellow international educators and school leaders. We will review the video entries and select the most relevant to be presented in the plenary meeting during the Annual Conference this year. We will notify all entrants of the outcome of the selection process by email, within three working days of the deadline. Please send your submissions to; the best format is either a link upload or a YouTube/Vimeo video. Deadline: 7 Nov.
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