February 15 - February 22, 2015

Three feature articles not to be missed--they tackle skills, content, and character in very different ways.  Worthy reads for curriculum designers.

Also: a strong spread of articles across the various categories.  The article on the probability of winning Powerball might fuel discussion in math classes.  Several articles address our increasingly busy lives--including one that proposes dramatic ways of opening up time, and another that offers a good refresher on teacher wait time.

Many "other"s of interest:  Oliver Sacks' writing about learning he has terminal cancer doesn't relate directly to what we do, but it is a heartwarming piece of writing.  Also consider the Christian Science Monitor piece for an interesting quantitative/qualitative look at happiness.

FEATURED ARTICLES

          What The American Public Thinks Are The Most Important Skills
          Pew Research, 2/19/15
          "Across the board, more respondents said communication skills were most 
          important, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic.  Science fell 
          somewhere in the middle, with more than half of Americans saying it was 
          important." [See article for further breakdown]

          We Don't Need More STEM.  We Need More STEM + Liberal Arts
          Washington Post, 2/8/15
          "Many in government and business publicly question the value of [a liberal arts] 
          education.  Yet employers in every sector continue to scoop up my students because 
          of their ability to apply cross-disciplinary thinking to an incredibly complex world.  
          They like my chemistry grads because not only can they find their way around a 
          laboratory, but they're also nimble thinkers who know how to consider chemistry's 
          impact on society and the environment."

          The State Of Mindset And Socio-Emotional Learning In Schools
          Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2/17/15
          "Pioneering efforts... to expand non-cognitive development fall into four broad 
          categories: collaborations between researchers and teachers; professional 
          development for teachers; systemic reforms in school districts; and complementary 
          efforts between in-school and after-school or expanded-learning time.  Some 
          initiatives are primarily in service of developing students' social and emotional 
          competence, while others aim to build academic mindsets and behaviors such as the 
          belief that failure can lead to improved learning.  For educators, the lines between 
          these two parallel strands of exploration often blur as they focus on the desired 
          result--more successful students."


CHARACTER

          Happiness As Side Effect, Not Objective
          KQED, 2/17/15

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Late Night Snacking Might Inhibit Learning
          Smithsonian, 2/17/15

          Sleep in Middle Age Might Affect Cognitive Health Later In Life
          Medical Xpress, 1/22/15

CREATIVITY

          Two Humorous Looks At The Creative Process
          Creativity Post, 1/22/15

          Do Creative People Have Less "Sensory Gating"?
          Creativity Post, 1/26/15

          Imitation As The Source Of Creativity
          Aeon, 11/6/14

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          Interactive Map Of Racial Diversity In America
          Brookings, 2/19/15

          Five Tips For Building Diverse Leadership Teams
          Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2/13/15

          A Six-Day Social Justice Lesson For Physics Classrooms
          Quantum Progress, 2/12/15

HIGHER ED

          Competency Based Degree Programs Are Growing In Number
          NPR, 1/26/15

LEADERSHIP

          5 Elements of Effective Administrator-Faculty Collaboration
          Educational Leadership, 2/1/15

          Protocols For Class Observation, PD, And More
          School Reform Initiative, 1/1/01

          On Building A Good Network
          Economist, 1/17/15

MINDFULNESS

          On The Need For Time To Think
          New York Times, 7/25/14

          Mindfulness Can Sometimes Lead To Avoidance
          Harvard Business Review, 2/11/15

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

          One School's Vision For Next Level PD
          EdSurge, 2/14/15

PEDAGOGY

          A Reminder Of The Value Of Wait Time
          KQED, 2/17/15

          How Students Feel When They Read A Complex Text
          Teachthougt, 2/12/15

          Teaching Coding To Young Kids With A Board Game
          KQED, 1/28/15

STEM

          The Math Of Winning Powerball
          Medium, 2/15/15

WORKPLACE

          Company Eliminates Fridays And Email... And Thrives
          Cal Newport, 2/16/15

OTHER

          Oliver Sacks Writes About Learning He Has Terminal Cancer
          New York Times, 2/19/15

          A Nice Argument That We Are Inherently Happy
          Christian Science Monitor, 2/10/15

          On Building Passion Projects
          Harvard Business Review, 2/19/15

          What Are Barriers To Entrepreneurship?
          Gallup, 2/18/15

          The Dark And Stormy Story Of A Century Old Typeface
          Gizmodo, 2/16/15