November 15 - November 22, 2015

Education Week's special report on formative assessment offers good content for people both new to and well-versed in the concept of formative assessment.  Of particular interest is the head-to-head comparison of assessment approaches, noted in the assessment category.

Also, check out two interesting articles seeking to clarify/defend now-popular topics that have been sometimes misunderstood: Carol Dweck's research on growth mindsets, and Clayton Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation.  Both articles--under character and creativity--offer sound refreshers of the key ideas within those topics.

Lots more this week that's relevant: Brown University's $100M commitment to diversity, thoughts on fostering a culture of innovation, and more.

Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

          EdWeek Releases "Understanding Formative Assessment" Report
          Education Week, 11/9/15
          "Formative assessment is one of the most widely used--but poorly understood--
          instructional techniques.  This special report highlights common misconceptions
          about the approach and shows how formative assessment differs from other kinds
          of assessments, such as summative or benchmark tests."


ASSESSMENT

          Head-to-Head Comparison Of Assessment Formats
          Education Week, 11/9/15

CHARACTER

          Clarifying Misconceptions About Growth Mindsets
          KQED, 11/16/15

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Yet More (!) On Music Training Making The Brain Better
          Washington Post, 1/7/15

CREATIVITY

          Authors Of "Disruptive Innovation" Clarify Misconceptions
          Harvard Business Review, 12/1/15

          Recognizing Creativity Is Like Recognizing Affinity For A Sport
          Creativity Post, 11/18/15

CURRICULUM

          The Most Popular Course At Yale... Is Harvard's CS50 Course
          Boston Globe, 11/17/15

          A Growing Focus On Social Emotional Learning In Elementary School
          New York Times, 11/14/15

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          Brown University: $100M For Diversity Efforts.  Here's The Plan:
          Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/19/15

HUMANITIES

          A History Of The Two Party System: 1854 - Present
          3 Quarks Daily, 11/16/15

          The Oxford Of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland
          New York Times, 11/15/15

          On Teaching "Hamilton: The Musical"
          History Tech, 11/19/15

LANGUAGE

          OED 2015 Word Of The Year... Is Not A Word!
          Oxford Dictionaries, 11/16/15

          "English Is Not Normal": Origins And Stories Of A Crazy Language
          Aeon, 11/13/15

LEADERSHIP

          Innovation Culture v. Execution Culture: Can They Overlap?
          SVPG, 11/10/15

          Tips For Fostering A School Culture Of Innovation
          Connected Principals, 11/18/15

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

          Good Questions For Evaluating One's Own Teaching
          Educational Leadership, 11/1/15

PEDAGOGY

          Tips For Selling Lessons Are Also Tips For Good Pedagogy
          EdSurge, 11/18/15

          In Person Lectures Shown To Be More Effective Than Video Lectures?
          Pacific Standard, 11/19/15

STEM

          Understanding Math Trauma, And How To Recover From It
          Brilliant Blog, 11/16/15

TECH

          An Overview Of Online Marketplaces For Teachers
          EdSurge, 11/18/15

          "Caring Doesn't Scale" And Personal Vs. Statistical Students
          Open Content, 11/16/15

          Apps That Actually Help Young Kids Learn
          Quartz, 11/11/15

WORKPLACE

          On The Stress Of Email
          New York Magazine, 11/16/15

OTHER

          On The Human Need To Create And Tell Stories
          Aeon, 11/12/15