March 15 - March 22, 2015

Many great topics this week.  Among them:

A crucial report for any educator interested in the challenges faced by disadvantaged students--particularly as they move into more privileged environments--the podcast from This American Life takes us right into the personal lives of students who have struggled to move out of poverty and into other settings.

The Atlantic article against credentialing is a fascinating, if very long, read.  It appears to be about business, but ultimately speaks to education.  Most remarkably, it's from 1985, but almost precisely describes our current moment in time.  Also note that, coming from a pre-internet/digitized age, the article was clearly scanned, and is riddled with typos.

Much more in this rich issue.  Enjoy!


FEATURED ARTICLES

          Public v. Private School: The Opportunity Gap [podcast]
          This American Life, 3/13/15
          "There's a program that brings together kids from two schools.  One school is public 
          and in the country's poorest congressional district.  The other is private and costs 
          $43,000/year.  They are three miles apart.  The hope is that kids connect, but some 
          of the public school kids just can't get over the divide."

          What Makes Good Teaching: Small Tips Can Have An Outsize Effect
          Guardian, 9/2/13
          "Ideally 'butterflies' have most impact when they reinforce any of the following 
          comments from Judith Little, who said, you know you are in an outstanding school 
          where you can see that: 1) Teachers talk about teaching. 2) Teachers observe each 
          other's teaching. 3) Teachers plan, organise and evaluate their work together. 4) 
          Teachers teach each other."

          The Case Against Credentials and Professionalization... from 1985
          Atlantic, 12/1/85
          "The charge against credential requirements is that they are simultaneously too 
          restrictive and too lax.  They are too restrictive in giving a huge advantage to those 
          who booked early passage on the IQ train and too lax in their sloppy relation to the 
          skills that truly make for competence.... If sports were run like the meritocracy, the 
          Miami Dolphins would choose their starting lineup on the basis of high-school 
          times in the forty-yard dash and analyses of the players' muscle tissues to see who 
          had the highest proportion of 'quick-twitch' fibers.  If the Dolphins actually did this, 
          they'd face a long losing season: the coach cares about speed but finally chooses the 
          players who have proved they can catch the ball or stop the run."


ADMISSIONS

          8-Year Interviewer For Harvard Quits, Vents On Gawker
          Gawker, 3/18/15

ADOLESCENCE

          Supporting Teen Aspirations Is Key To Their Engagement In School
          Harvard Graduate School of Education, 3/16/15

          Where Millennials Get Their News, And How They Feel About It
          American Press Institute, 3/16/15

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Understanding Neuroplasticity
          Aeon, 2/27/15

          Ages of Peak Performance On Different Cognitive Tasks... Ruh Roh.
          Atlantic, 3/17/15

          Insight On The Cerebellum... From A Man Who Doesn't Have One
          NPR, 3/16/15

          7 Mechanics For Attracting Attention
          Harvard Business Review, 3/3/15

          The Neuroscience of How Sleep Improves Learning, Plainly Told
          TED-Ed/YouTube, 1/5/15

CURRICULUM

          Should Happiness Be Part Of The Curriculum?
          KQED, 4/29/14

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          An Examination Of How (And How Not) To Teach White Privilege
          The Daily Beast, 3/15/15

EARLY CHILDHOOD

          Homework vs. No Homework?  Let's Reframe The Question
          Edutopia, 3/17/15

          The Homework Debate Is Unresolvable, And A Century Old
          New York Magazine, 3/20/15

INTERNATIONAL

          What The...?  Finland Is Reforming Its Education System?
          Independent, 3/20/15

LEADERSHIP

          Why Teachers Stay (Leadership, Curriculum Support, Time...)
          NPR, 3/21/15 [Study]

          More On Innovating In Large, Stable Organizations
          Steve Blank, 3/17/15

          To Make Meetings Matter, End Them Well
          Harvard Business Review, 3/11/15

          Late Night Emails Are Bad For Morale and Psychic Health
          Harvard Business Review, 3/16/15

          Identifying And Aligning The Components Of School Change
          Grant Lichtman, 1/5/15

          3 Horizons For Organizational Innovation
          PwC Innovation Blog, 8/5/10

PEDAGOGY

          60 Simple Formative Assessment Techniques
          Teachthought, 3/16/15

          Curiosity Comes Before Content When Planning
          TED-Ed, 4/1/13

          Doug Lemov Visits The UK: What Makes Great Teaching
          Guardian, 3/11/15

READING/WRITING

          The Relativist Approach To Grammar
          Wall Street Journal, 3/13/15

          McPhee's Playful Look At Frame Of Reference When Writing
          New Yorker, 3/9/15

SUSTAINABILITY

          On The Need For More Access To Water... In America
          Newsweek, 3/13/15

          Can Windows Become Solar Cells?
          ExtremeTech, 8/26/14

TECH

          A Paper Notebook That Saves To The Cloud, Erases In A Microwave
          Fast Company, 3/13/15

          An Honest Look At The Future Of Textbooks
          Atlantic, 3/6/15

          One Year Of No-Tech Note-Taking In This Professor's Class Led To...
          Chronicle Of Higher Ed, 3/4/15

          Middlebury College Discusses Laptop Use In Classes
          Middlebury, 3/13/15

          Computers Can Read Your Emotions Now
          New Yorker, 1/19/15

          Paulo Friere In The Digital Age
          SildeShare/Jesse Stommel, 11/21/14

OTHER

          Predictions! 5 Ways Education May Change In 5 Years
          Fast Company, 3/10/15

          On Seeing Things Anew In An Age Of Information Saturation
          New York Times, 3/19/15

          Tips From TED on Public Speaking
          TED, 3/16/15