The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Should Fall Classes Begin With Next Year’s Content, Or Picking Up From The Spring?

“Sixty-five percent of teachers in a new nationwide poll favor starting next year with ‘regularly scheduled instruction” over other options, such as revisiting concepts from the end of this semester, extending next school year or offering students the chance to repeat a grade… The results show administrators — who made up about 12% of the 5,555 respondents […]

SAT And ACT Decline In Use, But Are Still A Big Factor In Admissions

“The strength of first-year students’ grades in all their high school courses — and grades they earned in college prep classes — were the most influential factors for administrators, the association found… Slightly fewer than half of colleges and universities that responded to survey… believe the two tests are considerably important in admissions.”


Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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