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13 June 2018
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Learning and Teaching
Students across Africa receive book donations
Students across Africa receive book donations
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Students from 53 African countries have received more than 41 million donated books over the past three decades from the group Books For Africa. Students at a private school for girls in Rwanda say these books encourage them to read and help them improve their vocabularies.
PBS (07 Jun.) 
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Should UK schools adjust approach to Chinese?
Should UK schools adjust approach to Chinese?
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Chinese increasingly is viewed as an important world business language, and more schools in the UK are showing interest in teaching it, writes Yangguang Chen, a lecturer in education at Goldsmiths, University of London. In this article, Chen shares recommendations to change the perception of the language as being too difficult to learn and ways to make it more interesting to students.
The Conversation (US) (06 Jun.) 
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Professional Development
Report: Top PD programmes have 3 traits in common
A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development links teacher-preparation programmes to outcomes on the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, an exam administered to students in 30 countries. The report identifies three common traits among high-performing programmes, including time for "clinical practice."
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11 Jun.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
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Leadership and Governance
G7 leaders pledge funds for girls' education
G7 leaders pledge funds for girls' education
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World leaders at the G7 summit in Quebec pledged to provide £2.2 billion to support girls' education worldwide. The funds would help educate more than 8 million girls.
BBC (09 Jun.),  Voice of America (10 Jun.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Technology
More Singapore students are taking computer courses
Universities in Singapore have seen a more than 20% increase in computer-related course enrollment over the past two years, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said. He announced the increased enrollment Monday and suggested some strategies to help universities respond to the demand.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (11 Jun.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How to leverage Instagram in the classroom
How to leverage Instagram in the classroom
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Educators worldwide are finding ways to integrate Instagram into classroom lessons and lesson planning, writes educational consultant Matthew Lynch. In this blog post, he shares several ways to leverage Instagram, including finding ideas for teaching and learning and showcasing students' work.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (07 Jun.) 
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