6 tips to improve students' wellbeing at boarding school | South Korea teaches open-mindedness to 4th-, 5th-grade students | Hong Kong expands career, "life adventure" programme for youths
22 April 2015
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Learning and Teaching
6 tips to improve students' wellbeing at boarding school
When students go away to boarding school and leave their families, educators become responsible for students' welfare, housemistress Jenni Brittain writes. In this commentary, she suggests six ways to boost students' welfare. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network (15 Apr.)
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South Korea teaches open-mindedness to 4th-, 5th-grade students
South Korea has launched a "universal design" education programme aimed at teaching students to be open-minded citizens. Through activities, fourth- and fifth-grade students will learn to be more considerate toward the elderly and disabled. The Korea Times (Seoul) (15 Apr.)
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Professional Development
India seeks to improve quality of teacher-training programmes
Officials in India are proposing ways to ensure the growing number of teacher-training institutes opening around the country meet government standards. One of the proposed changes could allow officials to withdraw recognition for low-performing programmes. Hindustan Times (India) (17 Apr.)
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Leadership and Governance
Report: Millions of children out of school in North Africa, Mideast
Despite improved access to education in North Africa and the Middle East, 21 million children are either not in school or close to dropping out, says a report by UNICEF and UNESCO. Girls are 25% less likely to attend school, but are likely to stick with their studies once enrolled. The UN agencies are calling on governments to do more to provide educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. San Diego Union-Tribune/The Associated Press (15 Apr.)
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Teachers blend creativity, high-tech tools in South Korea
Educators from South Korea recently spoke about the importance of creativity in digital education. One educator has integrated multimedia lessons in students' extracurricular activities and connects with fellow educators online. The Korea Times (Seoul) (16 Apr.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Puerto Rico seeks to expand native-language programme
In Puerto Rico, there is momentum behind an effort to expand an elementary school's Taino education programme to other public schools. The move seeks to preserve the history and culture, as well as the language. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (20 Apr.)
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Introducing Global Access Membership from ECIS
Introducing the new membership category from ECIS for early stage international schools and state schools offering an international curriculum (e.g., IB programme or Cambridge International Examinations) or internationally-minded programming. Global Access Membership is open to schools worldwide that want to learn and share leading practices in global education. Sign up here.
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Impactful learning at ECIS Academy for International Educators
Empowering teachers living and working anywhere in the world to access to impactful and immediate-applicable professional development, ECIS Academy for International Educators has something for everyone. From individual modules to our new micro-credentials, we are supporting the development of skills for current and aspiring teachers as well as enhancing the impact of school leaders. Sign up today!
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