The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #90 (August 2, 2015)

    • SSATB
    • 07/30/15

    Are you counting on your high-achieving student body, challenging curriculum, and learning- conducive environment to continue to attract families to your school? …In every case, there is a cheaper, and often more innovative, educational alternative out there… We have defined and focused this report on four major categories of educational choice options for families: Academically Rigorous Schools, Deeper Learning Schools, Personalized Learning Schools, Online Schools.

    • Forbes
    • 07/29/15

    With annual symposiums, mentorship programs and funding competitions, Middlebury is one of many small liberal arts colleges reinventing themselves as modern-day startup incubators–geared toward for-profit enterprises and nonprofits alike. Driven by market demand and the idea of teaching practical skills that would create larger impacts outside of traditional liberal arts classrooms, these colleges are encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurship–in particular, social entrepreneurship.”

    • New York Times
    • 07/28/15

    The graduating classes of these coding schools support the trend. They will graduate about 16,000 students this year, more than double the 6,740 graduates last year, according to a survey published by Course Report in June. The 2015 total would be about one-third of the estimated number of computer science graduates from American universities.”

    • YouTube/Comedy Central
    • 07/28/15

    “All right let’s take a look at yesterday’s high school teacher draft from Radio City Music Hall, where Central Rapids High, recipient of the worst test scores last semester made the first pick, that was no surprise to anyone. ‘For the first pick, Central Rapids High takes calculus teacher Mike Yoast from Tulsa Teachers College!’ And just like that, you’re a millionaire!”

    • FiveThirtyEight
    • 07/23/15

    Although this openness to new ideas might sound like just waiting around for serendipity to strike, it’s a more deliberate process… Simonton’s research has similarly shown that the best predictor of creative achievement is an openness to experience and cognitive exploration.”

    • Higher Education Policy Institute
    • 06/04/15

    The Student Academic Experience Survey was established in 2006 and is now in its tenth year. It has been continuously improved and this year’s survey includes new questions on how students rate the importance of training for those who teach in higher education, on information provided to students and on possible spending cuts.”

    • ASCD
    • 06/01/15

    the school's principal… challenged a few members of the student council to find someone completely different from them—to ensure that the group had broad representation—and to bring those students to a series of lunchtime meetings. When the students arrived, [he] distributed copies of the survey and asked them to find a problem and come up with a solution… He invited the students to share their plan with the rest of the staff, who were equally complimentary. Everyone acknowledged that the students had come up with a plan that was more detailed and thoughtful than any plan the adults might have proposed and that it was more likely to succeed because it came from the students themselves.”



















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Peter Nilsson


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