The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #430 (November 20, 2023)

    • New York Times
    • 12/15/23

    “Most published rankings are one-size-fits-all, based on formulas that don’t factor in your priorities, goals and needs. So we’ve created a tool to help find the best American colleges — for you. Do you care most about making money after graduating? Low college costs? Diversity? Academics or athletics? Staying close to home? Use our tool’s sliders and filters to tell us what you value, and we’ll give you college rankings that fit."

    • MIT Sloan Management Review
    • 12/15/23

    “Together and separately, we’ve taught tens of thousands of individuals from all walks of life to have more meaningful and effective conversations across their differences. We focus our efforts on coaching people in positions of power because they have the greatest opportunity to transform the dynamics of these interactions — to foster empathy instead of provoking fear and division… Kenji Yoshino (@kenji_yoshino) is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law and the faculty director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. David Glasgow (@dvglasgow) is the executive director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law.”

ADMISSIONS

ASSESSMENT

CHARACTER

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

CURRICULUM

    • Aurora Institute
    • 12/15/23
    • Aurora Institute
    • 12/15/23

    “Work-based learning (WBL) is a learning strategy that provides the opportunity for students to gain on-the-job training, develop transferable skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations through a partnership with an employer. The first post in this series explored how WBL aligns with components of competency-based education (CBE), including by actively engaging students in the learning process and expanding how students learn to better prepare them for post-secondary learning, career, and life. This post explores evidence-based best practices for designing effective WBL experiences.”

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

HEALTH

HUMANITIES

PEDAGOGY

READING/WRITING

STEM

    • EdWeek
    • 12/15/23

    “The researchers identified six effective practices among these games—three focused on the social-emotional aspects of game play, and three related to mathematical practices.”

    • Dan Meyer
    • 12/15/23

    ““Noticing and describing,” according to these people, are not mathematical activities. What is then? Math, to hear many technologists describe it, is the basket of operations you can ask computers to perform, the formal operations that result in either a single correct answer or, if we absolutely must, multiple answers which computers can deterministically evaluate as correct or incorrect.”

WORKPLACE

Z-OTHER

A.I. Update

TECH/AI: EDUCATION

TECH/AI: ETHICS AND RISK

TECH/AI: INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

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.

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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