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18 March 2015
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England seeks to boost maths instruction with Shanghai model
England has recruited 30 teachers from Shanghai, China, to teach in primary schools nationwide in an effort to improve maths achievement. International data suggests that by age 15, students in Shanghai are, on average, as many as three years ahead of students in England in maths. The Guardian (London) (13 Mar.)
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Wales seeks to improve teaching with focus on PD
Later this year, Wales will issue "learning passports" to help teachers record their professional development. The passports are part of a new programme aimed at improving teacher quality by offering different training opportunities as their careers develop. BBC (16 Mar.)
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Think Tank on Global Education at Harvard
Global education is increasingly important in our interconnected world. Learn how you can help students develop intercultural awareness, knowledge of global issues, and multilingualism at this professional development program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Learn More
Leadership and Governance
Countries, global organizations are working to improve school safety
Data from global organizations show there have been hundreds of attacks on schools worldwide in the past decade. Now, A World at School -- a global education coalition -- and other groups are seeking to curb school violence. Several countries, including Norway, and the United Nations also are working to improve safety. The Guardian (London) (16 Mar.)
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Educators: Uncertainty surrounds England's education reforms
England's education reforms have occurred too quickly for students and parents to keep up -- leading to confusion over exams -- suggest the Association of School and College Leaders. Ahead of the group's annual conference, officials said there could be a "period of uncertainty" for students over the next five years. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (14 Mar.)
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Global approach to ed-tech on display at SXSWedu
The recent SXSWedu conference in the US featured several education-technology advancements from around the world. This article discusses a few, including the popularity of massive open online courses in the Middle East and efforts by teachers in Australia to prepare for online exams. The Hechinger Report (11 Mar.)
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Students in Japan fall short of goals in English-language proficiency
High-school seniors in Japan fell short of proficiency goals in English, particularly in speaking and writing. A survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that 60% of students reported not enjoying studying English. The Mainichi (Japan) (17 Mar.)
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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.
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Professional Development in Cross-Culture: Amsterdam, 5-9 Oct. in association with Webster University, Leiden
Since 1992, CIC has offered these seminars for teachers, counsellors and other education professionals, NGOs and managers. Seminar leaders: Bernadette van Houten, Director, Consultants Interculturele Communicatie, Amsterdam Dr Richard Pearce, Consultant International Education, London. For information, fees and to register for full seminar or separate modules (5-7 Oct. or 8-9) contact Bernadette van Houten: bvhouten@cic-amsterdam.com.
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