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02 April 2014
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More Chinese students enrol in independently run schools
A growing number of Chinese families are choosing to enrol their children in independently run schools that use the Waldorf, Montessori or Reggio Emilia instructional models. The draw, families say, is the so-called softer approach to education than can be found in the country's state-run schools. Some families, however, are reluctant to make the switch, concerned that their children's success on national exams will be jeopardised. CNN (27 Mar.)
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High school in England helps connect students with careers
A high school in England has launched its own dedicated careers office to help further the school's goal of preparing students for their next steps. Among other things, the office helps students connect with local businesses and organises apprenticeship workshops. Business representatives also visit the school to meet with potential employees. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network/Teacher's blog (01 Apr.)
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Professional Development
School board, university in Canada partner on degree programme for teachers
The Kativik School Board in Canada has partnered with McGill University to offer an online training programme to help its mostly Inuit teaching staff complete their bachelor's degrees. The programme uses a combination of live conferencing with instructors and students, and independent work. "This online portion feels a lot easier -- we can do it in our own community, on our own time", said Oleepeka Metuq, a Grade 2 teacher who needs to earn nine credits. Nunatsiaq News (Nunavut) (25 Mar.)
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Leadership and Governance
Independent schools head in England fights stereotypes
Barnaby Lenon, former headmaster of Harrow and chairman of the Independent Schools Council in England, is criticising negative comments being made about private schools, saying that distinctions between state and private education are "no longer valid". "To use the term independent school as a proxy for privilege is a mistake," he said. "It is a lazy measure." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (29 Mar.)
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Microsoft partners with New Zealand school on Innovation Programme
Microsoft is partnering with a school in New Zealand to provide students with a new Innovation Programme, in which they learn skills in software, game design and other areas. Advocates and educators say the programme is preparing students for the digital jobs of the future; however, others worry that such private-public partnerships are simply vehicles for companies such as Microsoft to pick up new customers. The New Zealand Herald (30 Mar.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
School in Canada tests robot-based speech therapy
A school in Canada is piloting a telepresent robot as part of a distance-based speech-therapy programme. Offered by TinyEYE Therapy Services, the robot gives off-site therapists a view inside students' environments. "Because they see the environment the children are working in, they can see the challenges and relate and communicate more dynamically", company spokesman Ryan Lockwood said. CKOM-AM (Saskatchewan) (24 Mar.)
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Less than a month until the April Leadership Conference in Seville
Register now for the ECIS April Leadership Conference in Seville 24-26 April. The conference will feature dedicated strands for: Business/Finance Managers, Trustees, Advancement Officers and Admissions Personnel, Heads of School, Secondary Principals and Elementary Principals. In addition to the main conference, the SISG masterclass designed to build upon the leadership expertise of school board members, school owners and administrators, will take place Thursday, 24 April.
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Introducing the ECIS IILP
The ECIS International Individual Learning Plan (IILP) is a document that was created to record how we support individual students with learning difficulties at international schools. Many of us have come from systems in North America, the UK or Australia where IEPs are mandated by law and are often many pages long, often filled with legal jargon and technical checklists. The ECIS IILP is a plan that relays important information on how a student learns and sets goals and objectives for students to achieve. Find out more online.
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