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11 May 2016
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Vietnam elementary schools to pilot Japanese-language programme
Three elementary schools in Hanoi, Vietnam, will launch a pilot programme in September to teach the Japanese language. Students now are only able to study English and French in elementary school.
The Japan Times (08 May.) 
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Leveled readers: an opportunity or a disservice?
Leveled readers help struggling students learn to read, but they also limit their opportunities to acquire grade-level vocabulary, background knowledge and comprehension. Read this case study to see how equitable access to content can immediately impact student success at your school or district.
Professional Development
New South Wales to recruit maths, science specialists
Officials in New South Wales have announced plans to introduce maths and science specialists in primary schools. Opportunities to become science, technology, engineering and maths specialists will be made available to traditional generalist primary-school teachers, according to NSW Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (09 May.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Consider Finland for educational inspiration, scholar says
Finland's approach to education can serve as inspiration to educators worldwide, William Doyle, a Fulbright Scholar who joined the faculty of the University of Eastern Finland last year, writes in this commentary. He suggests the system offers global best practices, such as an emphasis on the whole child and research-based practices.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07 May.) 
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China region to offer 3 years of bilingual preschool education
A region of China will offer three years of bilingual preschool education -- up from the current two years. Officials say the move is intended to expand students' access to high-quality education and increase the number of bilingual children.
China Daily (Beijing)/Xinhuanet (06 May.) 
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Nova Scotia expands access to computer coding education
Nova Scotia, Canada, plans to expand computer science education by introducing coding across the elementary school curriculum. "Some of the skills that they will be getting through the use of technology are things like teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity," Education Minister Karen Casey said. (Canada)/The Canadian Press (06 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study reveals how teens' lives are intertwined with technology
(Damien Meyer/Getty Images)
Sonia Livingstone, professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, recently spent one year studying the digital lives of a class of 13-year-olds. In this commentary, she describes her findings, including that students often did their homework while checking Facebook.
The Conversation (U.K.) (09 May.) 
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ECIS November Conference 16-19 November -- Copenhagen, Denmark
The theme for this year's conference is Cultivating Curiosity, not just from the viewpoint of inquiry, as a catalyst for learning, but also in trying to understand how we can nurture it within existing systems, or shift our systems to allow for curiosity and passion to grow and transform children. We look forward to receiving your proposals via our conference pages. The deadline is 10 June.
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