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Insights from Educate., 2nd Edition

A midweek dose of professional learning and inspiration with the latest news and research from the education industry.

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Welcome to the second edition of Insights from Educate.

Educate is a new publication on Medium focused solely on the education industry.

Educate magnifies the voices of changemakers in education. We empower educators to share their stories, ideas, insights, and inspiration. We are dedicated to the fusion of research + education policy and practice.

The mission of this publication is to inform education policy and practice through the authentic voices that are directly involved in education. We do this by using research to drive ideas and insights.

Education in the News

“‘I will not make that happen’: Biden declines Democrats’ call to cancel $50K in student debt”- Lauren Egan, NBC News

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he would not eliminate $50,000 in student debt, shooting down a proposal that prominent Democrats introduced this month, but that he is open to some level of loan forgiveness.

“My point is: I understand the impact of debt, and it can be debilitating,” Biden said. “I am prepared to write off the $10,000 debt but not $50 [thousand], because I don’t think I have the authority to do it.”

“How US Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona can stop the teacher shortage”- The Conversation

“Miguel Cardona — President Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of education — faces several urgent and contentious priorities, including reopening schools safely, addressing systemic racism within schools, and reversing the ever-growing teacher shortage. Here, four experts explain how to recruit more people to become educators in the nation’s public schools.”

“The Skinny on Teaching Evals and Bias” —Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

“As for measurement bias, the study finds that evaluations are impacted by characteristics unrelated to actual instructor quality. Classes with lighter workloads or higher grading distributions do have better scores from students. Students also rate nonelective and quantitative courses lower. Evaluations for upper-level, discussion-based classes are higher than those for larger introductory courses.”

Professional Learning and Inspiration

“Principal Leadership: Every School Leader Should Know These 6 Incredible Black Educators–Celebrating Black History Month “Then” and “Now”” by Joe and T.J., The Schoolhouse #302

“These incredible leaders have accomplishments and stories that must be told throughout every year as schools look to educate their current students and work to build the next generation of educators. We feel that it’s of critical importance to our schools and districts that we spotlight the influences of both past and present African American leaders. These leaders have made and continue to make a huge difference in the lives of students in school and beyond.”

“The Padagogy Wheel — It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy” by Allan Carrington, Teach Thought

“The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think — systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes — about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.”

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About the Editor

Jennifer Osborne is an experienced educator with graduate degrees in Educational Leadership and Guidance and Counseling. She has taught in five different countries across a wide variety of classrooms and schools. Jennifer is passionate about authentic education for students and personalized professional learning for teachers.



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