The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #337 (June 7, 2020)

    • King's Academy
    • 06/07/20

    “Students are deferring college in numbers larger than ever before. This is an extraordinary opportunity to discover a language, history, and culture that is entirely new. Find ancient civilizations and IKEA, rigorous academics and relaxing excursions, desert landscapes and a lush campus covered in green quadrangles. All this and professionally-recognized university counseling for college repositioning. A post graduate Gap Year at King’s Academy is a life changing experience.”

    • King's Academy
    • 06/04/20

    Three week, online courses, professional development for teachers. Dive into language, history, and culture of the Middle East for your summer professional development. The King’s Academy Summer Institute is designed to share the rich culture and language of Jordan and the larger Middle East with teachers and adult learners around the world. The program offers online learners an immersive experience in the language, arts and history of the Arab world.”

    • Global Online Academy
    • 05/19/20

    “When we started, we only had our intuition and the spirit of our founding schools to make relationships central to our pedagogy. Now, many years of student survey data have helped us refine that approach and design intentionally for relationships. We survey our students twice per semester. Our surveys have evolved as our program has, but we’ve always rooted student surveys in two critical questions about relationships: How connected do you feel to the teacher in this class? How well do people in your class understand you as a person?”

    • ASCD
    • 10/01/19

    “The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' … One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist… Teaching for an antiracist future starts with us, the educators. An antiracist educator actively works to dismantle the structures, policies, institutions, and systems that create barriers and perpetuate race-based inequities for people of color.”













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Peter Nilsson


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