May 20 - May 27, 2018

A terrific collection this week: from practical pedagogy to leadership reinvention, from explanations of history to challenges to shape the future.

It's important to listen to one's critics (see the article on listening in leadership); in the creativity section, the post railing against design thinking gives full throated voice to the jargon-skeptical, even if it is a caricature equal to the one it portrays.  Reading it, I'm reminded of Maria Popova's clarification: "Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté."

The assessment article on measuring impact comes from the nonprofit management sector, but the principles apply to creative endeavors and to schools as well.
Enjoy these and much more!


"How History Explains America's Struggle To Revive Apprenticeships" Brookings
"At one time, America's most celebrated citizens trained entirely outside of college, such as Abraham Lincoln, who studied to be a lawyer with the help of local attorney offices. But, as college became the default path to top professions in the 20th century, apprenticeships fell out of favor with America's upwardly mobile culture. In order to understand a way forward, I think it helps to understand that it's possible for a country to have a system of apprenticeship for all types of careers and also investigate the historical reasons why American high skill professions shifted away from apprenticeships in the first place."

Abby Wambach's Barnard Commencement Address: "Demand The Ball" Ladders
"Our landscape is overrun with archaic ways of thinking about women, about people of color, about the "other," about the rich and the poor, about the powerful and the powerless. And these ways of thinking are destroying us. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We will not Little Red Riding Hood our way through life. We will unite our pack, storm the valley together and change the whole bloody system."

So: You Really Want To Be An Adaptive, Evolving School? Stanford Social Innov. Rev.
"When it comes to developing strategy in a rapidly changing world, it's no longer enough to just make a plan and stick to it; organizations instead need to learn to set a direction and make adaptations to it."


10 Reasons Not To Measure Impact, But To Monitor Progress Stanford Social Innov. Rev.
"The trend toward impact measurement is mostly positive, but the push to demonstrate impact has also wasted resources, compromised monitoring efforts in favor of impact evaluation, and contributed to a rise in poor and even misleading methods of demonstrating impact."

6 Questions To Test The Accuracy Of Your Grades Cult Of Pedagogy



"Design Thinking Is A Boondoggle." And 'Innovation' Too. Chronicle of Higher Ed
"Innovation-speak is meant to compensate for a dearth of actual innovation."

On The Role Of Emotional Intelligence In Creativity Pacific Standard



4 Scholars And Writers Debate Political Correctness And Free Speech [video] Munk Debates
"[Michael Eric Dyson, Michelle Goldberg, Stephen Fry, & Jordan Peterson]: Is political correctness an enemy of free speech, open debate and the free exchange of ideas? Or, by confronting head on the dominant power relationships and social norms that exclude marginalized groups are we creating a more equitable and just society?"

Socioeconomic Diversity Improves Aggregate Performance KQED
"When a school reaches a stable level of about 30 percent middle-class students, the lower-income students achieve at higher levels and the privileged students do no worse."

Who Is Jordan Peterson, And Why Is His Book Problematic? Times Literary Supplement

Writers Of Colors Reimagine Fantasy: Beyond The Norse And Celts  Christian Sci. Mon.

Harvard Revises Alma Mater Lyrics To Be More Inclusive Harvard


Rethinking Teacher Orientation: "New Teacher Immersion" ASCD
"In our orientation, we treat our new teachers the way we would like them to treat our students. Our district's vision for learning is modeled after John Hattie's (2009, 2012) meta-analysis of influences on student achievement, and each of Hattie's best practices is incorporated into our new teachers' induction. Following are Hattie's conditions for learning and how we use them to help our new teachers understand our mission to create a student-centered classroom."

"Rethinking Teacher Recruitment" ASCD

"The Power Of Listening In Helping People Change" Harvard Business Review


On Giving Video Feedback To Student Work (With Samples) Hechinger Report
"Our brain has evolved to communicate face-to-face, the more we go away from that specific channel, the less efficient we are."

"What Is The Point Of A Makerspace?" Cult Of Pedagogy

On The Importance Of Teacher-Student Relationships Hechinger Report


What's Happening In Kids' Brains When You Read Aloud To Them? NPR

"Writing In A Journal Is Good For You -- And So Is Throwing It Out" Quartz


"Code To Joy" -- A Writer Learns To Code 1843 Magazine
"My beginner's foray has taught me more than I could have guessed, illuminating my own mind and introducing me to a new level of mental discipline, not to mention a world of humility. The collaborative spirt at code culture's heart turns out to be inspiring and exemplary... More powerful than any of this is a feeling of enfranchisement that comes through beginning to comprehend the fascinating but profoundly alien principles by which software works. By accident more than design, coders now compose a Fifth Estate and as 21st-century citizens we need to be able to interrogate them as deeply as we interrogate politicians, marketers, the players of Wall Street and the media."

Massachusetts Considers Scoring Student Writing With Computers Boston Globe

Is Technology's Impact On The Brain More Overblown Than Real? Quartz

How Some Schools Use 3D Printers District Administration


How To Keep A Schedule When Working From Home New York Times

8 Ways To Tweak The One-Teacher, One-Classroom Model EdSurge