July 14 - July 21, 2019

An excellent week this week.

In particular, two articles meaningfully explore new experiments in reinventing the high school transcript.  See the feature article on a school with a "growth transcript" and another piece in assessment on the work of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.

Also explore two articles on the effects of early childhood education on later success.  The evidence is mounting up.

These and more, enjoy!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy
Jordan



FEATURED ARTICLES

Understanding Linguistic Communities On The Internet.  Fascinating.  Baffler
"By using informal writing to convey the regular dramas of human life, they also started reshaping informal writing into something that could deeply convey the full range of human emotions… This leads to miscommunication, of course, between generations of Internet People… How we talk online is determined by our linguistic community, which in turn is largely determined by where we were when we first encountered social media."

No Tests. No Grades. Idaho School Goes Deep In Character Based Transcript  The 74 Million
"In place of a straightforward transcript listing letter grades and a grade point average, admissions officers received the growth transcript, which provides rich information on student progress in four broad areas: Mindset, knowledge, creativity and skills. Under each of those four categories, eight subcategories provide a granular look at students’ progress over their three years at One Stone in a bar chart format. That’s 32 data points to analyze and evaluate."






ADOLESCENCE

Bullying Rate Remains Constant, But More Is Online Than Before  Washington Post
"Twenty percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied during the 2016-2017 school year, according to the report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the research arm of the U.S. Education Department. Among those students who faced bullying, 15 percent said they were bullied online or by text, a 3.5 percentage point jump from the 2014-2015 school year."





ASSESSMENT

Five Schools Start Using Mastery Transcript Consortium Model This Fall  The 74 Million





COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Willingham: "The High Price Of Multitasking"  New York Times
"The cost of shuffling goals and mental rules is harmless if there’s predictable downtime during one or both tasks. As a conference call turns to an agenda item irrelevant to you, go ahead and answer email. Multitasking while driving is so dangerous because driving requires all of your attention at unpredictable times. People sense this, and when on the phone they drive slower and increase their following distance, but they are far too confident that these measures mitigate risk."


Remarkable Collection Of Tools To Overcome Test Anxiety  Medium




CURRICULUM

Conclusions Drawn From The Open Syllabus Project  Fast Company

Making Music Can Help Students Cope With Trauma  KQED





DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

Political Diversity Improves Team Outcomes, When Harnessed Well  Harv. Bus. Rev.
"Guidelines and policies are not simply rules concerning what may be written; they constitute a culture by stipulating appropriate social conduct, such as how editors treat one another in talk-page debates."





EARLY CHILDHOOD

"Kindergarten Behavior Predicts Adult Earning Power"  Hechinger Report [Full Study]


Georgia's Universal Pre-K Programs Show Positive Impact Over 27 Years  Education Dive




HIGHER ED

11,500 Scholars Rank Global Universities  Times Higher Education

"The world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience."




LANGUAGE

A Striking Multimedia Experience About Preserving Indigenous Languages  Emergence Magazine

Gopnik On Aphorisms  New Yorker

Alfa-Bravo-Charlie: A Deep Dive Into The History Of The Phonetic Alphabet  Atlas Obscura

A Tribute To The Semicolon  New Yorker




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Questions Remain About Microcredentials  EdSurge





PEDAGOGY

Duckworth Et Al. Research Peer Tutoring, Find Benefits  Education Dive





READING/WRITING

Should Books Have Credits Lists, Like Movies?  Guardian

What Science Writing Reveals About Science  Literary Hub





STEM

"What It's Like To Be A Neuroscientist" - Interviews  Stanford

"Emphasizing Creativity, Living Role Models Boosts Girls' Interest In STEM."  MultiBriefs

A Good Explainer Video For Neural Networks  Aeon




SUSTAINABILITY

22-Part Plan To Feed The World By 2050  Fast Company





VISUAL DESIGN

Semioticians Rejoice: 650 Ancient Symbols Get Digitized  Fast Company





WORKPLACE

Everything You Wanted To Know About: Whiteboards  Quartz





OTHER

Largest Launch Ever: Will An Apple (The Fruit!) Disrupt An Industry?  California Sunday

Wikipedia: The Last (Imperfect) Internet Utopia?  Quartz