The promise of a professional challenge, the rich blend of cultures and the excitement of an entirely new experience often attract educators to flock to international schools around the globe. But what does it take to actually lead one of these institutions? Smart Leaders 1 interviewed experienced international school principals who successfully made the transition and produced a white paper...
Date: Apr 3rd 2017
Heavy academic workloads paired with students’ overreliance on smart phones and other connected devices resulted in a failing grade for Hong Kong students in the "Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth". Produced by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the global report compares the physical activity levels of children from 37 countries and regions around the...
Date: Mar 17th 2017
As the number of children ingesting hand sanitizer climbs, investigators are looking into possible reasons why. Among younger children, who account for 91 percent of incidents, researchers site the appealing scent of hand sanitizers as a source of confusion. However, among older children, signs point to deliberate ingestion as children seek out hand sanitizers for the high alcohol content....
Date: Mar 17th 2017
The programs were all developed by high schoolers around the world and were awarded by the United Arab Emirates Government with the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize. Since 2012, the UAE has worked with 24 schools around the world to reduce 1,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Date: Mar 10th 2017
The results are in and the National School Lunch Program in the US gets a passing grade! A recent study showed that school lunches are higher in dairy-rich foods, lower in empty calories and lower in refined grains than lunches brought from home. All good news, as researchers insist that nutritionally balanced school lunches can have a significant effect on students’ well-being and academic...
Date: Feb 27th 2017
As part of a school writing project, Martha Payne, a Scottish elementary school student, began blogging about her daily meals in the cafeteria. Her blog, NeverSeconds, has since gained a global following and fans from around the world now send her pictures of their own school lunches. Payne and her father, who helps run the site, work with dietitians to rate and evaluate the nutritional...
Date: Feb 21st 2017
A growing number of parents from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong dream of a US university education for their children – and are willing to go to extreme lengths for a shot at this opportunity. This trend has created a wave of international high school students called parachute kids, a term coined as students are effectively “dropped” into another country without much adult supervision, direction or...
Date: Jan 30th 2017
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