Jim Shelton heads what is poised to be one of the most influential organizations in education reform in the coming years, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. In a recent blog post, he sets forth his case for why personalization is essential to the creation of an equitable and just education system, including these four principles: an intense focus on the individual strengths, aspirations and needs of each student a willingness to redesign the learning environment and experience…
Louise Rosenblatt’s visualization depicting the relationship between efferent and aesthetic readings is really powerful. What does it mean when we invite software to read with us, though? That’s what I’m after.
I love most things that blur the line between the sciences and the arts, and I can always count on blogger Maria Popover over at Brainpickings to find and share rich examples. Like this one. via Brainpickings
On a recent trip to Dublin, I saw this wonderful blend of qualitative and quantitative expression. I stopped and stared for more than a moment, a kind of computational catharsis. Well done Science Gallery. I ❤️ this use of public mapping in Dublin’ Science Gallery. #cs4all pic.twitter.com/zaa8fIUN5D — tomliamlynch (@tomliamlynch) December 8, 2017
What a worthwhile read in which a communications PhD candidate historicizes the current emphasis on computer science education. I don’t agree with it all, but offering historical context always–really, always–complexifies matters and leads to better questions.
Very excited for my friend and colleague Dr. Ben Williamson. There is no one I can imagine better positioned to right on this topic with openness and acuity. Pick up a copy here.
The New Yorker‘s recent story about the famed charter school network is getting a lot of attention. I am well versed in the concerns expressed about the current way charter schools are being used politically. I have also witnessed public schools serving communities of color that mistreat children in the name of rigor and reform. When we say public education, what is it we refer to–for whom and to what end? via Pedro Noguera
The data visualization and digital storytelling team over at the NY Times took the phenomenal work of Professor Sean Reardon at Stanford University and put together an excellent interactive graph. No, really. Here’s how it starts: We’ve long known of the persistent and troublesome academic gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers in public schools. We’ve long understood the primary reason, too: A higher proportion of black and Hispanic children come from…
Thanks to @LGZreader
Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about. In recent decades, education has been framed as in a crisis that could weaken the nation’s economic status internationally. As we’ve seen before, that claim is not supported by research data, but it persists nevertheless. In this video, presidential candidate Donald Trump explains his stance on education. It’s worth comparing his words to those of other presidents like his predecessor, FDR, or even Washington himself.
Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by Van Halen in their song “Hot for Teacher.” I don’t condone they way the band portrays education or women. I loathe the video in a lot of ways. But the song has an immovable place in pop culture. You got it bad?
Writing is at the heart of learning. It has been for centuries. But when I work with teachers in different schools, it is clear that writing can often overwhelm them. Over the years, I have used four strategies that I think are really useful–they make assessing writing faster and better, in my view. Check out the video and tell me what you think in the comments below.
I loved hearing Howard Gardner describe the limits of assessments, a kind warning to parents and the public to let children be. Check out the video over on Big Think. Totally worth the few minutes.
Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all around. It made me re-listen to this talk by James Baldwin on the place of artists in society. Here’s Malcolm London’s text so you can follow along: At 7:45 a.m., I open the doors to a building dedicated to building yet only breaks me down. I march down hallways cleaned up after me every day by…
The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes. The poem stands up excellently to re-listening so give it a few plays and enjoy the song of the Byrd. Afterward, consider checking out this podcast on the limits of assessment.