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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Students at the Qatar Leadership Academy follow both the U.S. and IB curriculum, but the day doesn’t end there; classes are followed by an intensive program that teaches heritage, physical activity and sport, basic military activities, and leadership (photo: QLA).

TOP STORIES
By Susanna Fajardo
In the middle of the school day, on August 27, Nigerian officials came to the American International School of Lagos campus, insisting that our director close the school immediately due to the Ebola virus. Offering all courses online suddenly became an urgent necessity. ..more
By Robert Stearns
In July 2014, stolen fossils of over 20 Mongolian dinosaurs were handed over by the U.S. to the Mongolian government in New York City. Julie Pitzen, ISU teacher and Dino Club facilitator, was asked to help repatriate them. ..more
By Gerardo Peralta
ANS aims to develop its multicultural student community into “ethical individuals capable of realizing their leadership potential by making meaningful contributions to society,” and offers 17 high-impact community service clubs. ..more
ISC RESEARCH NEWS
ABU DHABI // Private school pupils are missing out on trips and visits from speakers because of rules on activities, parents and teachers say. The ru ..more
In principle, it seems fair that if a school operates in India, it should conform to Indian laws and regulations. Even if it is an international schoo ..more
New enrolment figures show China's rising middle class is increasingly looking to Australian high schools to educate its next generation. Last year, ..more
If the HRD ministry has its way, it will become mandatory for all global and international schools operating in India to teach Indian spiritual values ..more
THE COMMON GROUND COLLABORATIVE
THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
By Bambi Betts
Recruiting season... a critical and careful process for every international school. And everyone is looking for that perfect teacher--the one with all the right skills, the right experience, and attention to their own professional development. ..more
By Bambi Betts
The Principals' Training Center has opened registration for its 2015 Summer Institutes in Miami and London (UK). The 29 programs include PTC, TTC and CTC courses, six of which have already filled. Anyone planning to take a PTC course should act quickly and register now at www.theptc.org. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Homework, at its core, is a concept—the notion of continuing the learning begun at school beyond the formal school day. It is not a separate, stand-alone practice. ..more
COLLEGE COUNSELING WITH MARTIN WALSH
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
The sheer volume of applications to undergraduate programs continues to skyrocket, and for many universities, international applications are the driving force behind it. Two countries, China and India, have played a definitive role in changing the landscape of college admissions. ..more
by Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Some bright and motivated students see the traditional educational model as an intellectual and professional hindrance. Martin Walsh discusses a new and, in his view, exciting option: the Minerva Schools. In this model, students take all their classes online in a live video chat with a professor but live in dorms on a campus. ..more
by Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
I find it surprising how few administrators understand the crucial role that the high school profile plays in the university evaluation and admissions process. Its purpose is to officially “translate” the applicant’s transcript into terms college admissions officers can understand. ..more
GORDON ELDRIDGE: LESSONS IN LEARNING
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Collaborative work has become a routine feature of classrooms and while there is evidence that the talk encouraged by collaboration can further the learning of all involved, setting up a group task in a way that fosters successful collaboration is far from easy. One important consideration is how to group the students. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
There is a lot of evidence to suggest that challenge is an important component of motivation. It is quite possible that the higher level of challenge contributes to higher motivation and therefore greater learning. Some of the basic skills are actually better learned when they are applied in conjunction with more advanced content in more complex contexts. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Theories abound about how human memory functions, but sometimes the theories are too abstract for us to be able to see their relevance in the day-to-day world of the classroom. Our knowledge in this area is growing rapidly however, and some recent contributions from researchers at Miami University and the University of Texas at Arlington have some obvious implications for learning and teaching. ..more
THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Educational Leadership, authors/consultants Robyn Jackson and Allison Zmuda draw a distinction between compliant and engaged students, outlining four strategies to elicit real classroom engagement. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In an article titled "Building Better Teachers" published in The Atlantic, Newark teacher Sara Mosle reprises some familiar concerns about U.S. public education and discusses “a powerfully simple idea: that teaching is not some mystical talent but a set of best practices that can be codified and learned through extensive hands-on coaching, self-scrutiny, and collaboration.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this thoughtful article in Responsive Classroom, author Paula Denton says that teachers’ choice of words, tone of voice, and pacing have a big influence on how students think, act, and learn. ..more
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
By Jane Crowhurst and David Willows
Jane Crowhurst, who heads the Zurich office of tp bennett, a global architectural practice, and David Willows, Director of Admissions and Advancement at the International School of Brussels, launch a conversation about the intersection of their fields. ..more
By Zarmina Hotaki
As a boarding school with a flagship leadership program, Qatar Leadership Academy—a member of the Qatar Foundation—works actively not just to create links, but also to directly teach leadership skills. ..more
By Anne Keeling
There are now 22 countries in the world with over 100 English-medium international schools. This means that for expatriate and local families, opportunities for their children to follow an English-medium education are becoming increasingly accessible. ..more