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FirstTake
Recommended
Reading
Welcome to our April
edition. Each month on
this page we highlight
education news from
around the world. This
month we extend
JD Solomon
our international
Editorial Director
focus with a look at
international teaching
collaborations, where U.S. teachers team
with counterparts in other countries to
expand students' learning horizons. Our
story begins on page 48.
Personalized learning is a fastgrowing instructional approach
nationwide. If it's good for students,
what about teachers? Some districts are
finding new ways to personalize PD
through new technology and approaches
that help teachers acquire skills they
need most. See page 39.
Also this month, we look at employee
wellness plans, which some districts use
to improve the health of staff and to cut
costs, as even slight improvements can
save big. See page 43.
Finally, check out our latest "Nuts
and Bolts" feature, which looks at
how an Indiana district reinvented
vocational education, page 16.
And elsewhere...
Remember when celebrity chef Jamie
Oliver went to West Virginia to
remake a district's lunch program?
While Oliver's approach may have
been popular on TV, it was unpopular
among students in that district. For a
look at what happened after he left, see
Revenge of the Lunch Lady: How an
Unassuming Bureaucrat Outsmarted
Jamie Oliver and Pulled Off an
Honest-to-God Miracle in One of
America's Unhealthiest Cities, in The
Huffington Post. DAmag.me/s7
Until next month,

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Eye Openers
"We have to make sure [AfricanAmerican students] understand
it's natural to struggle, and that it
would actually be unnatural not to
struggle when challenged. We can't
approach them from fear, and we
cannot lower the bar."
-Antwan Wilson, chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools
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What do the largest districts spend per pupil?

$5,634

COMPARED TO

- Alpine School District, Utah;
lowest among top districts

$21,567

- Boston Public Schools;
highest among districts

Source: "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School
Districts: School Year 2013-14," National Center for Education Statistics
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Global Ed News
TURKEY-Derided
by government officials as "outdated
and rotten" and "an
archaic and disproven theory," evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish
schools. The move is just one of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoňėgan's
education reforms, which also include
removing Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Turkey's founding president) from history
classes and an increased emphasis
on studying Muslim scientists. Textbooks will be updated immediately for
the 2017-18 school year to reflect the
changes. Religious conservatives have
long demanded evolution be removed
from formal curriculum; The president's
changes are viewed by political opponents as an attempt to rewrite Turkish
history-literally.
Read more: DAmag.me/tky

SIERRA LEONE-
Efforts are underway to help girls
overcome major cultural and educational challenges in Sierra Leone,
where only 15 percent reach secondary school, according to UNICEF. The
African nation also bans pregnant
girls from attending school. The Girls
Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone
leadership program offers year-round
workshops and a mentorship system
that equip girls with life skills and support networks to stay in school. The
program partners with a Freetownbased nonprofit, Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement, to teach mental
health and feminine hygiene, and to
educate girls about early marriage,
teenage pregnancy and female genital
mutilation.
Read more: DAmag.me/srl

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