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


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."


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."


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


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


Conclusions Drawn From The Open Syllabus Project  Fast Company

Making Music Can Help Students Cope With Trauma  KQED


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."


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

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


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."


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


Questions Remain About Microcredentials  EdSurge


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


Should Books Have Credits Lists, Like Movies?  Guardian

What Science Writing Reveals About Science  Literary Hub


"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


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


Semioticians Rejoice: 650 Ancient Symbols Get Digitized  Fast Company


Everything You Wanted To Know About: Whiteboards  Quartz


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

Wikipedia: The Last (Imperfect) Internet Utopia?  Quartz