The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #360 (May 16, 2021)

    • The Main Idea
    • 05/13/21

    “The structure of these groups is key. Members say the hour goes by quickly, is energizing, and leaves them feeling inspired to enact concrete ideas. This is all because of the components that go into the Mastermind. While the structure we use is simple and predictable, the effects are powerful. The power comes from a strong routine that supports professional learning and growth. Each session involves a combination of coaching, modeling strategies, new content, support, honest feedback, and reflection.”

    • New Yorker
    • 12/28/20

    “Pottinger’s White House experience has made him acutely aware of what he calls “the fading art of leadership.” It’s not a failure of one party or another; it’s more of a generational decline of good judgment. “The élites think it’s all about expertise,” he said. It’s important to have experts, but they aren’t always right: they can be “hampered by their own orthodoxies, their own egos, their own narrow approach to the world.” Pottinger went on, “You need broad-minded leaders who know how to hold people accountable, who know how to delegate, who know a good chain of command, and know how to make hard judgments.””


    • Forbes
    • 04/26/21

    “Myth 2: Acceptance to college is a game of tiny percentages, in which only a very few applicants get in. Fact: The average acceptance rate for four-year colleges in the U.S. has  hovered around 65% for more than a decade. Which means that there are sufficient spaces for many more students than are currently enrolled in higher education.”



    • New York Times
    • 05/13/21

    “There are (at least) two elements to wokeness. One focuses on concrete benefits for the disadvantaged — reparations, more diverse hiring, more equitable housing and economic policies. The other instigates savage word wars among the highly advantaged. If we can have more of the former and less of the latter, we’ll all be better off.”

    • Stanford Social Innovation Review
    • 05/10/21

    “According to an analysis in the journal of the American Psychological Association, managers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management reported that age diversity positively contributed to organizational performance.”










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Peter Nilsson


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