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26 October 2016
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IB school focuses on STEM, global cultures
IB school focuses on STEM, global cultures
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A school in Australia that has adopted an International Baccalaureate programme recently learned how to construct gardens that could survive in regions prone to flooding. The goal, officials say, is to bring science, technology, engineering and maths concepts into the classroom, while also learning about other cultures.
The Armidale Express (New South Wales, Australia) (24 Oct.) 
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London school to teach Chinese, English
London school to teach Chinese, English
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An independent prep school in London will teach students ages 1 through 13 Chinese and English through an immersion programme that starts with a preschool. Slated to open in 2017, the school is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe and has received interest from multilingual families.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (18 Oct.) 
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Professional Development
More UK teachers receive mindfulness training
Mindfulness lessons are showing up in more primary and secondary schools in the UK. The Mindfulness in Schools Project notes that the number of teachers receiving mindfulness education training this year -- about 1,350 -- has doubled since last year.
The Guardian (London) (23 Oct.) 
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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
100 schools in India to adopt international tests
About 100 schools in a state in India will adopt an international curriculum and prepare for international exams, including the Programme for International Student Assessment. The state is working to select the schools.
The Hindu (India) (24 Oct.) 
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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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Students in US, Turkey talk science
Students in Mass., Turkey discuss science together
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Several US eighth-graders in Massachusetts recently discussed their science projects with middle-school students in Turkey using Skype as part of the district's collaboration with faculty from the Istanbul Technical University. Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen says the students enjoyed working with their Turkish counterparts.
The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (17 Oct.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How "Pokemon Go" helped transform one school
How Pokemon Go helped transform one school
Students at a school in Brazil spend some of their day hunting for drawings of mutants, an activity inspired by their interest in "Pokemon Go." Artist and art teacher Natalie Catlett in this blog post highlights the student-led pursuit and how it has transformed the school.
Edutopia.org (17 Oct.) 
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ECIS Outreach Grants
Outreach grants are for ECIS premium schools who want to work to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding, tolerance and to create social impact through international education. Ideally, the project should be orientated toward long term sustainability. We will be funding a wide range of projects. Application forms and guidelines for applicants will be made available here on 01 Nov 2016.
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ECIS November Conference
The Annual Educators Conference in Copenhagen is now less than a month away. If you have yet to register, don't delay, sign up via this link and get ready to be part of another fantastic learning experience.
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