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10 December 2014
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Learning and Teaching
French immersion programmes popular in Canadian schools
French immersion is becoming a popular choice in British Columbia, Canada, for parents who want their children to be bilingual. The programmes are viewed as a type of private school option within public schools, where students can learn about other cultures and become successful in school. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (06 Dec.)
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Microsoft recognizes Canadian teacher for BYOD practice
Teacher Andre Quaglia of Ontario recently was named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, due in part to his practice of allowing students bring their own devices for project-based learning. Quaglia said that allowing students to use mobile devices in the classroom helps to better prepare them for the workforce. The Windsor Star (Ontario) (01 Dec.)
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Professional Development
UK looks to teacher training, recruitment to bolster maths, science
UK officials have announced plans to offer special training to teachers to improve their maths and science instruction and to recruit an additional 2,500 teachers who are trained in those subjects. The move is part of a national campaign to bolster maths and science. The Guardian (London)/Press Association (07 Dec.)
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Leadership and Governance
New Zealand launches effort to boost school performance
In New Zealand, 90 schools are participating in a new programme in which top teachers and principals will receive higher pay to boost achievement across groups of schools. Some, however, say the participation is relatively low and signals a lack of support for the programme. The New Zealand Herald (09 Dec.)
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How does England's new computer-coding standard measure up?
In September, schools in England launched a new computer-coding curriculum aimed at teaching coding to students as young as 5. This article examines progress under the curriculum and finds that many teachers and students are experiencing challenges in its first term. BBC (08 Dec.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Researcher calls for mandatory language lessons in New Zealand's schools
Teaching and learning languages are not getting enough focus in New Zealand's schools, asserts Adele Scott. Scott recently surveyed more than 300 language teachers in primary and secondary schools and found that, in lower levels, teachers could teach a language they don't know and, in higher levels, a single class could combine multiple levels of language learners. Scott's conclusion was that language lessons should be mandatory in schools. The New Zealand Herald (08 Dec.)
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Have you heard about International Teacher Certificate (ITC)?
The ECIS International Teacher Certificate (ITC) has been developed to offer a high-level continuing professional development opportunity for experienced teachers. It is based on five standards developed by ECIS. These standards are applicable to international teachers in any type of school, at any age level, any location and any curriculum. ITC has been recognised by the IB as the first non-university pathway to the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Our first institute for 2015 will be in Baku, Azerbaijan 2-4 Feb. For more information or to apply please visit here.
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ECIS membership: Go global!
If you're a school looking to benchmark yourself globally, then you should consider ECIS membership. Our membership benefits are immediately accessible and practical. To access annual data reports on the international schools market, you have access to ISC Online for Schools via ISC Research. If your teachers or teaching assistants are not yet credentialed, they can earn a US credential through our recently announced partnership with Teach Now. Also, beginning in Q1 of 2015, members will have exclusive access to our forthcoming quarterly consultancy publication, ECIS Global Insights, as well as our monthly bulletin (to be released in January) which highlights impactful programming and gives you insight to international education and access to our powerful network. Join us and go global!
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