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23 July 2014
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New Zealand considers teaching "international capabilities"
New Zealand could do more to develop students' "international capabilities" as part of the curriculum, according to a new report from the Ministry of Education. To accomplish this, the ministry suggests schools encourage students to study foreign languages, host international students or engage in sister-school programmes. The New Zealand Herald (22 Jul.)
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Analysis: US students from wealthy homes fall behind international peers
While the focus often is on the achievement of disadvantaged students in the US compared with more affluent peers, an analysis of testing data shows that more affluent students in the US are severely behind international peers in academic achievement. The analysis aims to reveal, among other things, whether students' academic success is based on schools or socioeconomic factors. Education Next (Fall 2014)
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Professional Development
Australian teachers union calls for advanced degrees for new teachers
The head of the Australian Education Union says five-year courses, such as master's degrees, should be required for teachers to properly prepare them for the classroom. The union also supports a limit on the number of available spaces in teacher-trainee programmes, saying they churn out more graduates than necessary. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (22 Jul.)
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Japan looks to ease teachers' workload
A recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development survey shows that junior-high-school teachers in Japan work the longest hours among those in the OECD's 34 member countries and regions -- averaging 53.9 hours per week -- often on paperwork, extracurricular activities and helping students solve personal problems. In response, officials say they plan to hire more support staff in order to reduce teachers' workload. The Mainichi (Japan) (17 Jul.)
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Do the pros outweigh the cons for social media in education?
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Schools are familiar with the downside of social media, such as cyberbullying, but increasingly they also are learning about the benefits sites such as Facebook and Twitter can have for parent-teacher communication and classroom learning. At one junior high school in the UK, educators used social media to keep parents updated about a school trip and continued the updates, allowing parents to have conversations with their children online about what they saw. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network/School leadership and management hub blog (16 Jul.)
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France looks to give students a leg up in computer programming
Beginning in the fall, France will offer optional courses in computer programming for primary-school students. The courses will be offered during students' extracurricular time, but it remains unclear who will teach the courses. (16 Jul.)
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Passing of Mrs Peggy Templeton Strong
It is with sadness that we share that Peggy Templeton-Strong passed away this past weekend. Peggy was the driving force in creating OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling). As the OACAC Facebook page reads, it's no exaggeration to say that those in the field of international admissions can credit her for elevating the college counseling profession to its current level.
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ECIS exhibition registration goes live Friday 3pm GMT
Exhibition registration for Inspiring Education, the 2014 Annual Conference, taking place 19-22 November, will go live this Friday at 3pm GMT. Please don’t miss your chance to register and get your choice of stand location. Register on our website.
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