The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #347 (December 20, 2020)

    • College Board
    • 12/18/20

    “Maintaining the traditional scope of AP Exams was a challenging decision… Please know we honor and respect choices you may make to focus on fewer topics in a difficult year. The skills students develop in your course are often more valuable than how much content they get through, and students who cover fewer topics in greater depth may be better positioned to earn a qualifying AP score than students who cover more topics in less depth.”

    • Edutopia
    • 12/04/20

    “We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.”


    • HealthDay
    • 12/15/20

    “Data from the most recent annual Monitoring the Future survey, conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, show that from 2017 to 2019, the percentage of teens who said they vaped nicotine in the past 12 months doubled: 7.5% to 16.5% among eighth graders; from 15.8% to 30.7%, among 10th graders; and from 18.8% to 35.3% among 12th graders. In 2020, rates held steady at 16.6%, 30.7% and 34.5%, respectively.”



    • Higher Ed Dive
    • 12/16/20

    “The college is still hammering out the details, but it's exploring ways it can use some of the same services it provides for its roughly 150,000 online-only students with its campus-based learners.”









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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