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Art Teachers’ Exhibition a-edge opens on 7 March

Ministry Of Education Feed - 05 March 2014

Some 36 artwork pieces by more than 40 teacher-artists will be featured at this year’s art teachers’ exhibition which opens from 7 March to 19 March 2014, 12.00 to 8.00pm, at the School Of the Arts (SOTA) Art Gallery. The range of artworks includes paintings, photographs, videos, ceramics, mixed media assemblages and performance installations. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Titled “a-edge”, the annual exhibition now in its 3rd year celebrates arts educators who seek to hone their artistic and creative skills, and explore the cutting edge of arts practice and pedagogical research. Participating teacher-artists would share lesson ideas derived from their artworks with other art teachers, and build collaborative communities to transform classroom teaching.

The lesson ideas will be shared with gallery visitors via a QR code printed on exhibition wall labels. This mobile app feature enables other teachers to retrieve the lesson ideas in-situ and reflect on how art can connect everyday experience, social critique, and creative expression with student learning.

The exhibition is curated by Miss Daniela Beltrani, a performance artist and independent curator with vast experience working with practising artists and curating exhibitions. Sample images of the artworks can be found in Annex A and details of the exhibition can be found in Annex B.

Common-Core Field Tests Gain Foothold in States - Education Week

Armed with federal flexibility, a growing number of states plan to use common-core-aligned field tests in all, or nearly all, of their schools.

Indiana Standards to Replace Common Core Greeted Skeptically - Education Week

At a public hearing in Indianapolis, critics expressed disappointment that the draft academic standards seemed very similar to the Common Core State Standards they are intended to replace.

Calif. Bill Would Repeal Bilingual-Education Restrictions - Education Week

A bill to roll back long-running restrictions on bilingual education is only the latest signal of changing politics around English-language instruction in California.

States Eye Plans to Lower Cost Barriers to College - Education Week

A new batch of proposals from state leaders explores different strategies, from making community college free to a "pay it forward" model.

Direct School Admission and CCA

Ministry Of Education Feed - 03 March 2014
Response

The Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme was introduced in 2004 to give selected schools the flexibility and autonomy to recognise a more diverse range of student achievements and talents beyond performance at the national examinations. The intent is to promote holistic education by encouraging a broader definition of merit.

Generally, MOE expects that students admitted through DSA understand the commitment on their part to participate in the CCAs and activities related to the talent for which they were admitted. The intent is also for the DSA school to nurture these students further in their strengths. However, we also recognise that there might be a few cases where the DSA students may need to transfer out of their CCAs due to unforeseen reasons - for example due to sports injury. In such cases, schools will work with the student on a change in CCA for the educational interests of the student.

Over the past three years and on average, of the students admitted through DSA, about 95% are still in a CCA related to their DSA talent two years after their admission.

Washington State Walks Tightrope in Bid to Keep Waiver - Education Week

The Evergreen State's struggle to craft a teacher-evaluation system that passes federal muster shows the challenge faced by many states that have received NCLB waivers from the Obama administration.

Teachers Lead the Way in Nevada Leader's Common-Core Project - Education Week

Aaron Grossman steered Washoe County's efforts to implement curriculum standards by eschewing commercial interpretations of the standards and enlisting teachers to figure out what works for them.

Calif. Leader Keeps English-Learners in Academic Mix - Education Week

In Oakland, Maria Santos uses "instructional rounds," much like those in teaching hospitals, to coach educators on how best to involve ELL students in academic discourse.

Philadelphia Leader Makes the Case for Arts Education - Education Week

By marshaling research evidence, finding outside partners, and nailing grants, Dennis Creedon has kept a robust arts program alive in his financially strapped school system.

Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians - Education Week

When budget cuts forced her district to cut back on librarians' schedules, Julie A. Bowline re-deployed her librarians as digital literacy teachers.

Research Questions Common-Core Claims by Publishers - Education Week

Publishers' claims that their textbooks are aligned with the common core are largely exaggerated, say two researchers, in extensive reviews of the texts.

Results of 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examination

Ministry Of Education Feed - 03 March 2014

The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ Level (GCE ‘A’ Level) Examination is conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, the Ministry of Education and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

Of the 13,936 students who sat the 2013 GCE ‘A’ Level Examination as school candidates, 12,701, or 91.1%, received at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.

School candidates have been issued their result slips by their respective schools from 2.00 pm today. Private candidates will receive their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the SEAB website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm today.

Five More MOE Kindergartens to Operate in 2015

Ministry Of Education Feed - 01 March 2014

The Ministry of Education will set up five more MOE Kindergartens in 2015. Similar to the first five kindergartens, the next five kindergartens are located in the heartlands. Four of the kindergartens will be located within primary schools (Frontier Primary, Punggol Green Primary, Sengkang Green Primary and West Spring Primary) and one will be located in the community (Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9). Care services will be provided at these five MOE Kindergartens.

In 2013, MOE announced that 15 MOE Kindergartens would be set up over the next three years. The objectives of the MOE Kindergartens are to provide quality pre-school education that is affordable to Singaporeans as well as to pilot teaching and learning resources and establish good practices for sharing with the pre-school sector.

The registration exercise for 2015 admission to Kindergarten 1 (K1) will be held at the respective MOE Kindergarten on two days; Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 April 2014, 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm. The registration exercise is open to Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident children born between 2 January 2010 and 1 January 2011 (both dates inclusive). The locations of the MOE Kindergartens and the number of places available are as follows:

Name of MOE Kindergarten Address Number of K1 places available for 2015 admission MOE Kindergartens commencing in 2015 MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Frontier Primary School
20 Jurong West Street 61, Singapore 648200 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Green Punggol Green Primary School
98 Punggol Walk, Singapore 828772 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green Sengkang Green Primary School
15 Fernvale Road, Singapore 797636 120 MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring West Spring Primary School
60 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, Singapore 679946 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun

Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9, Singapore 761318

Registration for MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun will be at Chongfu School, 170 Yishun Ave 6, Singapore 768959

60 Existing MOE Kindergartens MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise Blangah Rise Primary School
91 Telok Blangah Heights, Singapore 109100 60 MOE Kindergarten @ Farrer Park Farrer Park Primary School
2 Farrer Park Road, Singapore 217567 60 MOE Kindergarten @ Dazhong Dazhong Primary School
35 Bukit Batok Street 31, Singapore 659441 80 MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol View Punggol View Primary School
9 Punggol Place, Singapore 828845 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Tampines Blk 489C Tampines St 45, Singapore 522489 60

Details of the admissions criteria and registration procedures are set out in Annex A and more information about the operating hours and fees of the MOE Kindergartens is in Annex B.

The MOE Kindergartens commencing in 2015 will hold road shows on Saturdays, 22 March and 29 March 2014 to provide more information to interested parents. Parents can visit the road shows to learn more about the curriculum and programmes offered at the MOE Kindergartens. The road shows will begin with a presentation, followed by a Question and Answer session. There will also be exhibition booths with information about the curriculum and programmes. The schedule of the road shows is as follows:

Name of MOE Kindergarten Road show details MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Frontier Primary School
Time: 9 - 11am MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Green Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Punggol Green Primary School
Time: 2 - 4pm MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Chongfu School
Time: 2 - 4pm MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green Date: 29 March 2014
Venue: Sengkang Green Primary School
Time: 9 - 11am MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring Date: 29 March 2014
Venue: West Spring Primary School
Time: 2 - 4pm

Parents are advised to use public transport to get to the MOE Kindergartens. Those who drive should park at nearby public car parks as there will be no public parking within the school premises.

Curriculum

The key features of the MOE Kindergarten curriculum are its distinct Singapore flavour, as well as its two flagship programmes - the Starlight Literacy Programme and the HI-Light Programme. The curriculum features a distinct Singapore flavour which allows children to learn in an authentic context. The Starlight Literacy Programme aims to nurture early childhood bilingualism and is offered in both English (EL) and all three official Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs)1. The HI-Light Programme supports holistic development of children through integrated learning experiences.

Teachers will use two core pedagogies to engage children in learning: first, purposeful play, where children are participating in activities that are enjoyable and deliberately planned to achieve important learning outcomes. Second, quality interactions, where teachers use prompts and ask key questions to engage children in conversations to help them build on ideas and concepts.

Through the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), MOE will share the curriculum as well as teaching and learning resources being piloted at the MOE Kindergartens with other pre-school operators to help catalyse quality improvements in pre-school education across Singapore.

For more information about the MOE Kindergartens, parents can visit www.moekindergarten.edu.sg, or contact MOE at contact@moe.gov.sg or 6872 2220 (Mondays to Fridays: 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm).

Footnote
  1. The model of MTL provision may vary across centres, depending on the actual enrolment of children who take each of these MTLs at each kindergarten.

The internal marketing of participatory pedagogy

Authentic Learning - 27 February 2014
I was invited to give a presentation to new students and alumni of the Griffith University MBA last night on the future of higher education. I routinely talk about this topic with my colleagues but far less so with the learners themselves. It occurred to me that what I might say would confuse, worry, or excite them, […]

Release of 2013 GCE 'A' Level Examination Results on 3 March 2014

Ministry Of Education Feed - 26 February 2014

The results of the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level Examination will be released on Monday, 3 March 2014.

School candidates may collect their result slips from their respective schools from 2.00 pm on 3 March 2014.

Private candidates will receive their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website (http://www.seab.gov.sg) from 2.00 pm on 3 March 2014.

ETS Wades Into Market for Teacher-Performance Exams - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 25 February 2014
The test-maker says the goal of its new offering is to serve not only as an assessment, but also as a learning tool for prospective educators.
Topic: Teachers

Charter Network Taps Alumni to Grow Teacher Pipeline - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 25 February 2014
The charter-management group in Chicago is taking a novel approach to building a corps of highly qualified, and racially diverse, teacher-candidates by recruiting its alumni.
Topic: Teachers

NEA Calls for Correction on Course of Common Core - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 25 February 2014
In a letter to members of the National Education Association last week, President Dennis Van Roekel argues that in too many places, states and districts have "completely botched" implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Topic: Teachers

Mass. Becomes Last State to Fingerprint Employees - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 25 February 2014
School districts in Massachusetts have started fingerprinting teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other employees for national background checks.
Topic: Teachers
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