International school in Australia gains prominence with IB programme | Israeli middle schools to start teaching evolution | Canadian students help build community food gardens for 4 senior homes
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04 June 2014
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International school in Australia gains prominence with IB programme
A private school in Australia that opened as a prestigious boarding school for international students now is drawing local pupils as well, due in part to its highly regarded International Baccalaureate curriculum. The Kilmore International School, one of the few schools in Australia that teach the IB programme, helps to prepare students to enroll in top universities and requires students to study languages, sciences, mathematics and humanities. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (01 Jun.)
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Israeli middle schools to start teaching evolution
Beginning in the next academic year, secular state schools, state-religious schools and Arab schools in Israel will begin teaching evolution to students in grades seven through nine. Plans call for the topic to be integrated into the general science and technology curriculum. Currently, only high-school students pursuing a matriculation certificate in biology are exposed to the topic of evolution. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (01 Jun.)
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Professional Development
Educators in Bermuda receive feedback on teaching practices
To improve teaching and learning, Bermuda recently held a four-day practical training programme for middle-school leaders and teachers, called Leading for Change in the 21st Century. Besides walk-throughs, in which teachers received immediate feedback on their instructional practices, the training focused on helping leaders develop a vision for schools. The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) (02 Jun.)
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Leadership and Governance
Principal: How to inspire others to embrace change
Effective leaders can encourage people to embrace change in five ways, writes George Couros, a school administrator in Canada. In this blog post, he writes that among them are to model change but demonstrate that they recognise the value of existing practices. Couros also suggests telling stories. "To inspire meaningful change, you must make a connection to the heart before you make a connection to the mind," he writes. Connected Principals blog (30 May.)
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Opinion: Ireland needs a digital learning strategy in 4 years
Without a digital learning strategy, Ireland is at risk of falling behind other countries, asserts filmmaker and education reformer David Puttnam, who was speaking at a digital learning festival. Puttnam, the Digital Champion for Ireland, encouraged the country to develop such a strategy in the next four years and urged the government to catch up with the industry. The Irish Times (Dublin) (30 May.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
High-tech programme seeks to connect students with science, technology
Teachers at an Australian high school have launched The Hoxton Science Initiative, which allows primary-school students an opportunity to learn about robotics, rocket launches and more in a high-school setting. "The whole programme is designed to extend and challenge motivated students who want to excel in science and technology," said high-school science teacher Loraine Bou. "It also helps students transition from primary school into high school." The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (30 May.)
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Teaching assistant certificate workshop soon
Research indicates the benefits to students of having well-trained teaching assistants. ECIS in conjunction with Northampton University has developed a two-day workshop for TAs. This workshop provides a very strong initial grounding in the skills that will support teaching assistants in their role. We have a workshop planned at the International School of Zug and Luzern 13-14 June. If you cannot make it to that one, consider attending our Netherlands one 24-25 October. For more information, visit our website. For applications, contact Darlene Fisher at
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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
-- Joseph Campbell,
American writer and mythologist
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