The Educator's Notebook

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

A Deep, Deep Look At The State Of Competency-Based Education

“Our purpose in sharing this report is to spur much-needed dialogue about the shift to competency-based education and how that shift can be done in ways that advance equity, ensure teachers have the tools they need, and open up new opportunities for truly effective high school learning. There are no prescriptions here. Instead, we hope […]

Principles From Building A High Performing University From Scratch

Minerva is a liberal arts college, but you won’t find the typical course catalog. Four principles guided the development of a structured curriculum: Content should not be the focus… The curriculum must be carefully structured… Courses should be seminal… Students need informed choice… Based on these four principles, the Minerva curriculum promotes a broad context […]


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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