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10 May 2017
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Sesame Workshop focuses on needs of refugees
Sesame Workshop focuses on needs of refugees
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Sesame Workshop is partnering with the International Rescue Committee to create content for refugee children in Syria, Iraq and other countries. The Sesame team is seeking feedback from those with experience working with refugee children, such as relief organisations and trauma experts.
National Public Radio (05 May.) 
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Manitoba students learn Dakota with puppets
Manitoba students learn Dakota with puppets
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The Manitoba First Nation in Canada recently held an indigenous language puppet show for elementary- and middle-school students to teach the Dakota language and help reinforce what students already may know. Students engaged in basic vocabulary and phrases during the show by Dakota language teacher Redwing Thomas, who drove 10 hours from Nebraska for the event.
CBC News (Canada) (05 May.) 
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Professional Development
Tips for planning unconferences
Unconferences offer effective professional-development opportunities for teachers, high-school English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. He shares tips for organising unconferences of all sizes.
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Leadership and Governance
UN report: Boko Haram continuing abuse of children's rights
Children in northeastern Nigeria continue to suffer rights violations as Boko Haram forces recruit them as soldiers, spies or suicide bombers, attack schools and employ sexual violence against them, according to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' report on children and armed conflict in the country.
Xinhuanet (China) (05 May.),  Daily Trust (Nigeria) (05 May.) 
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