The Educator's Notebook

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

“What’s It Like To Be A Teacher In America Today?”

“These findings are based on a survey of 2,531 U.S. public K-12 teachers conducted Oct. 17-Nov. 14, 2023, using the RAND American Teacher Panel. The survey looks at the following aspects of teachers’ experiences: Teachers’ job satisfaction, How teachers manage their workload, Problems students are facing at public K-12 schools, Challenges in the classroom, Teachers’ […]

“Americans’ Use of ChatGPT Is Ticking Up”

“Most Americans still haven’t used the chatbot, despite the uptick since our July 2023 survey on this topic. But some groups remain far more likely to have used it than others… Adults under 30 stand out: 43% of these young adults have used ChatGPT, up 10 percentage points since last summer… Highly educated adults are […]

Survey: “Race And LGBTQ Issues In K-12 Schools”

“Amid national debates about what schools are teaching, we asked public K-12 teachers, teens and the American public how they see topics related to race, sexual orientation and gender identity playing out in the classroom.”

“Teens, Social Media, And Technology, 2023”

“Despite negative headlines and growing concerns about social media’s impact on youth, teens continue to use these platforms at high rates – with some describing their social media use as “almost constant,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. teens. The survey – conducted Sept. 26-Oct. 23, 2023, among 1,453 13- to […]


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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