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Orleans style education is winning

How do you turn the fortunes of kids in tough school environments around? Autonomy and accountability, if the New Orleans experience is to be believed. 
   While the rest of the schools in Louisiana are mired in processes and procedures handed down from on high, teachers and principals in New Orleans are given autonomy around curriculum, with the trade off being that they have to meet a certain set of standards. Read More

 

11 May 2018
Montessori supports Gonski 2.0 News Image

Montessori Australia has come out in support of Gonski’s recommendation to place the learning growth of each student at the centre of the Australian education model. Read More

10 May 2018 | National
NAPLAN paints half of the equity picture News Image

Research out of Western Australia from Glenn Savage at the Uni WA indicates that the NAPLAN data gives an indication of what is happening around equity but is far from a comprehensive picture of student abilities and outcomes. Read More

9 May 2018 | Finalns
Help with homework no help News Image

You can help a kid with their homework but there are ways to do it; too much help is a detriment to their development of persistence and self-reliance. As the children showed persistence more opportunities for autonomous work were given. Read More

9 May 2018 | USA
Class clowns have short careers News Image

They’re the stars of the class and playground, but their careers are brief. In Year 1 and 2 class clowns are the most sought after playmates and the centre of attention, but by Year 3 things change. Read More

8 May 2018 | Melbourne
A night at the opera comes to classrooms News Image

Primary school students in Victoria will be able to have an intimate look at one of our better regarded operatic companies as Victorian Opera launches its new digital education series. Read More

7 May 2018
Big problem, shrimpy solution News Image

A bright idea and some mentoring will take 15-year-old Angelina Arora all the way to the USA; Arora’s shrimp bioplastic will be representing Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh. Read More

7 May 2018 | NSW
Creativity needs to be taught, but how? News Image

As much as maths and science skills, creativity to harness them and put them to work has been put at a premium if we’re to thrive, but how is creativity taught or encouraged? Read More

4 May 2018
More maths focus needed News Image

We’re not doing enough maths. It isn’t being taken up by senior high school students and it isn’t a pre-requisite for a lot of uni courses which always used to require it, resulting in a shortage of properly trained maths professionals. Read More

4 May 2018 | National
Mindfulness for happier schools News Image

Schools will be now able to access Australia’s first dedicated mindfulness curriculum thanks to a collaboration between leading educators, psychologists and mindfulness experts. Read More

3 May 2018 | USA
Grime proofing everything News Image

Grimey, sticky fingers everywhere on everything, germs, viruses it’s enough to make you sick, literally. But thanks to science we’re entering a new age of cleanliness with the discovery of a new anti-everything coating. Read More

2 May 2018 | USA
Mass school shootings highest ever News Image

If it seems that the frequency of high school mass shootings in the US is increasing you would be correct: more people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the US in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century. Read More

2 May 2018 | International
Why “Why?” is a good thing News Image

Curiosity may not have worked out well for the cat but it's a good thing when teaching children how to read and do maths and for children from poorer communities, curiosity is even more important for higher academic achievement. Read More