The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #315 (December 1, 2019)

    • ASCD
    • 11/27/19

    “At the same time, a coaching culture is wasted unless leaders design and implement positive conditions for coaching. We focus on ways school leaders can establish the four conditions that help coaches transform leading, teaching, and schooling: A strong model of high-quality instruction. A strong model of coaching. A strong model to build capacity for coaching. A strong system of logistics.”

    • Behavioral Scientist
    • 11/25/19

    “When people discover that they don’t know as much as they thought they did, something interesting happens: their political attitudes become less extreme.”



    • New York Times
    • 11/01/19

    “Egypt has about 400 courts and fewer than 10,000 players, say players and coaches. But the finest Egyptian players are bunched in about 10 clubs in two cities, Cairo and Alexandria, which are about a three-hour drive apart.”








    • NPR
    • 11/27/19

    “In the bystander report, students who came forward told investigators they did so because they had a strong relationship with at least one adult at the school and they thought their concerns would be taken seriously. Students who did not come forward said that they thought the school would not take appropriate steps or they would get in trouble themselves.”



    • New York Times
    • 11/22/19

    “The goal is to arrive at the most efficient and elegant means of achieving a particular effect. “I want the result to be complex, but I want to simplify the process it takes to get there,” Dr. Ku said. “It reminds me of the quote in ‘Amadeus’: ‘There are simply too many notes.’”


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Peter Nilsson


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