Study: Japanese students should improve information-literacy skills | Students benefit from structured talking time in foreign-language classes | UK academy students undergo leadership training
Do you feel overwhelmed? Practicing Presence is the book you need to take care of yourself as a teacher. Veteran educator Lisa Lucas supports you with ideas, exercises, checklists, anecdotes, and simple practices you can use to establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom. Preview the entire book!
01 April 2015
ECIS SmartBrief
ECIS: the source for international education

Learning and Teaching
Study: Japanese students should improve information-literacy skills
A recent study found poor information-literacy skills among Japan's primary and junior high-school students. The study found that while students in many cases were unable to filter information to get to the right conclusions, they were better at deciphering information presented to them in an organised way. The Japan Times (27 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Students benefit from structured talking time in foreign-language classes
Teachers should offer deeper, more meaningful opportunities for students to practice speaking foreign languages, suggests Kate Kinsella, an adjunct faculty member in San Francisco State University's Center for Teacher Efficacy. In this article, she shares her tips, including arranging desks to facilitate structured student interactions that go beyond sharing with a neighbor. Language Magazine online (26 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
Professional Development
How can UK teachers effectively offer career guidance to students?
While schools in England are required to offer students career guidance, teachers should not be expected to be "career guidance professionals," writes Tristram Hooley, professor of career education at the University of Derby. Instead, he writes in this commentary, there are six key roles that teachers can play. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network (26 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Leadership and Governance
Report: School enrollment plummets in Syria
Syria now has one of the lowest school-enrollment rates in the world, with about half of all children not enrolled in school, according to a report from Save The Children. The report finds that the low enrollment could have negative long-term effects for the country and its economy. Quartz (30 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
UAE gives more weight to STEM subjects
Secondary schools in the United Arab Emirates are placing more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths. Under a new unified curriculum, students will attend STEM subjects for 21 out of 45 class periods each week. Such courses also will count for 55% of students' grades. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (29 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
Interest Area Spotlight
Survey: Students in Indonesia seek training in coding
Computer coding topped the list of sought-after skills for more than 90% of high-school and university students in Indonesia who participated in a recent survey. A majority -- more than 70% -- of the students also said they would welcome coding as part of the regular school curriculum. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Indonesia Realtime blog (31 Mar.)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
ECIS Leadership Conference -- April 2015 -- #ecisapr2015
Come and join us in "Catalysing our Creativity" at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Brussels from 8-11 April 2015. An exciting programme awaits beginning with pre-conference workshops and tours. Our line-up for the main conference includes Juliana Rotich, Executive Director of Ushahidi, Graham Brown-Martin, the founder of Learning without Frontiers, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA and Jay Shuster, Production Designer at Pixar. Registration and more information is available here.
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Harvard Project Zero Perspectives: Think, Create, Innovate 8-10 May 2015
Harvard Project Zero, in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education, will bring internationally renowned researchers to a conference co-hosted by Atlanta International School and the High Museum of Art. Prominent Project Zero researchers, such as Howard Gardner and David Perkins, will examine the importance of the conference's theme and strands in the education of our children today and tomorrow. Please refer to the partners section on the CASIE website.
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Editor's Note
Editor's Choice Content Award: Meet this month's winners
SmartBlog on Education's monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators, that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss. Visit SmartBlogs to read about -- and be inspired by -- the winners.
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
-- Alice Walker,
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Learn more about ECIS ->ECIS home | Membership | Consulting | November Conference | April Conference
About ECIS
Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities and consultancy services to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations.
Subscriber Tools
Please contact one of our specialists for advertising opportunities, editorial inquiries, job placements, or any other questions.
Contributing Editor:  Erin Cunningham
Editor:  Katharine Haber
Advertising:  Joe Riddle
  P: 202.407.7857 ext. 228

Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2015 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information