The Educator's Notebook

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

Will A.I. Help Motivated Students More Than Other Students?

“Will AI replace human tutors and teachers? Yes, AI will. This school headmaster; this survey; DuoLingo guy here. No, AI won’t. Nathaniel Grossman in Fordham; Freddie DeBoer; Dan Meyer. Our question: What if AI has profoundly different effects on motivated and unmotivated learners?”

Simple Values-Based Intervention That Reduces Learning Gaps And Discipline

“The findings are striking for such a simple intervention. How simple? The writing exercises were given just three times in each school year. Pencils, paper, and one hour of time spread out over seven or eight months—even doable virtually. It’s hard to get much simpler than that. Why wouldn’t schools want to jump on this even while the mechanisms […]

How To Promote SEL To Parents

“There is broad support among parents for teaching SEL-related skills in schools, although the term “social and emotional learning” is relatively unpopular… Based on those results, Tyner distills four policy implications, including recommending that SEL proponents focus on specifics rather than nebulous concepts. Faced with specifics such as schools teaching sensitivity to different cultures, parents […]

The Case For High Expectations And High Performance Standards

“The analysis yielded six major findings. Among them: Students of all racial/ethnic groups learn more from teachers with high grading standards, and these standards tend to be higher in schools serving more advantaged students. Moreover, the impact of rigorous grading practices can improve student performance in subsequent math classes up to two years later.”


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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