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22 February 2017
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Opinion: Students need multilingual education
Opinion: Students need multilingual education
More schools should adopt multilingual education, suggests Kate McDermott, a senior education specialist with Save the Children Thailand. In this commentary, she explains how students benefit from learning their mother language and their "national language."
Bangkok Post (21 Feb.) 
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School serves students who are twice exceptional
A private school in New Zealand primarily enrols students who are twice exceptional -- those with learning disorders who are gifted in another area, such as art. Some students who struggled in other schools say they are thriving now.
Stuff (New Zealand) (19 Feb.) 
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Harvard Online Certificate for K-12 Leaders
The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership provides current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools to improve their own leadership and effect meaningful systemic improvement. Modules begin May and September 2017.
Professional Development
PD day focuses on indigenous studies
Teachers in Ottawa, Ontario, recently organised the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Subject Council PD day. The event, which drew over 140 educators, focused on indigenous studies.
CBC.ca (Canada) (18 Feb.) 
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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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Leadership and Governance
Solution sought for England's teacher shortage
The Education Select Committee in England is seeking a long-term plan to address the country's teacher shortage. Government officials say recruitment efforts are underway, particularly in physics and maths.
BBC (21 Feb.) 
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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!
Students learn through virtual collaboration
Two theater professors -- one in Finland and one in Britain -- recently organised a long-distance theatre seminar using videoconferencing technology. The professors highlight the virtual theatre project and some of the challenges and solutions.
EdSurge (20 Feb.) 
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Give Your Teachers the Support They Need
As students return to their schools, keeping them engaged whether at home or in the classroom is crucial. Teachers understand this, but need support and guidance to integrate the digital experience more seamlessly with the class activities they have planned. Download this SmartFocus and learn how to best help your teachers!
Interest Area Spotlight
Private school in UAE adopts interactive tech
A private school in the United Arab Emirates has installed interactive projectors and has adopted an iPad programme. Educators say the interactive technology is engaging students and helping to bolster collaborative learning.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (18 Feb.) 
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Early Childhood Conference: Deepening Connections
St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium. 24-25 March 2017: website and full schedule here.
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ECIS/American School London Middle Leader Certificate
Curricular Design & Leadership, The Hague, 10-11 March 2017. Register now/more information.
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