The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #420 (August 20, 2023)

    • Georgia Tech Admissions
    • 08/09/23

    “I absolutely think you should experiment with AI as you write your recommendation letters this fall. The same advice applies to these letters as I provided for seniors writing essays. This is not a simple cut and paste, but instead a great tool for getting started, rephrasing, or discovering different ways to frame the content you are attempting to incorporate. Having done this personally for a few colleagues this summer, and after hearing from several college professors endorse the practice, I think you will find entering a few of your ideas or student provided details and specifics and then revising or “regenerating” in ChatGPT could save you precious time.”

    • Health & Human Services
    • 08/01/23

    “School administrators and leaders, boards of education, boards of trustees, teachers, parent teacher associations, state departments of education, and online learning platforms can all play a role. Develop a strategic plan for school connectedness and social skills with benchmark tracking… Build social connection into health curricula… Implement socially based educational techniques… Create a supportive school environment that fosters belonging…”

ADMISSIONS

ADOLESCENCE

ASSESSMENT

    • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    • 05/19/23

    ““Grading is evaluation, putting a value on something,” says Denise Pope, Ed.M.’89, a senior lecturer at Stanford who runs a project called Challenge Success. Pope stresses, however, that grades are not the same as assessment, and to really talk about grading, we have to make the distinction between the two terms.”

ATHENA

ATHLETICS

CHARACTER

    • Gallup
    • 08/15/23
    • Hechinger Report
    • 08/14/23

    “An updated meta-analysis was published in July 2023 in the peer-reviewed journal Child Development. It was conducted by 14 researchers, the majority from Yale University, and it also found good results for SEL interventions in schools while simultaneously broadening the category of “social and emotional learning” to encompass even more non-academic skills. However, this latest research synthesis doesn’t really settle the debate over whether the evidence for SEL is strong or guide schools to which SEL interventions are most effective.”

CREATIVITY

CURRICULUM

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

EARLY CHILDHOOD

HEALTH

HIGHER ED

HUMANITIES

PD

PEDAGOGY

READING/WRITING

STEM

SUSTAINABILITY

TECH

WORKPLACE

Z-OTHER

A.I. Update

TECH/AI: GENERAL

Issues

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.

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Peter Nilsson

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