Thursday, February 07, 2008

Authorities on Education

Every school day I receive an email from ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) with a collection of newspaper and magazine articles. The email includes links and brief summaries of the articles. A year ago it was something I looked forward to in order to keep up with what was happening in education around the country and around the world.

In the past few months I've noticed that I haven't kept up with reading these emails. I finally realized that I would rather spend time with all of the feeds to my reader than to skim through that email. (Of course, the amount of time for those two activities is nowhere near equal.) The authorities on education I turn to now are classroom teachers, like Dan, Doug, Woody, Ruth and Stacey, Tree, Organized Chaos, and Christian, or administrators, specialists and consultants, like, Tim, John, Wes, Chris, and Alice, as well as some big names in the field like Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch.

The people I read now aren't journalists, they are educators. They know that of which they speak. Who better to be reading to keep up to date with the state of my profession?


Anonymous said...

Jenny, Thank you for being a subscriber to ASCD SmartBrief. Your blog post came up on one of our regular searches and I thought I would take a moment to leave you a comment here. I hope you don't mind.

ASCD SmartBrief does offer an RSS feed. If you check the "Read More" section at the bottom of the e-mail there are links to the web site. Here's a direct link to the RSS page on the site:

I can certainly relate (personally and professionally) to your need to streamline the amount of information you read and process daily. ASCD SmartBrief was developed to help our members save time on a daily basis. I'm glad you've found some value in this offering over the years.

Thanks again for being a subscriber.

Dan Ratner, ASCD Membership Director (

A. Woody DeLauder said...

Thanks for the mention and thanks for being on of my readers. I look forward to more exploration of your blog.

Susan Nations said...

Interesting. I subscribe to smart brief and enjoy it for the brevity and "quick peek" into what's happening in our world. Like you, I also find that the things I have saved in my reader are relevant and necessary. Thanks for all the links to the "authorities"!!

:-) Susan

Anonymous said...

I have no experience with ASCD and its RSS feed, but your post made me think about how organizations, content creators, etc who haven't been adapting must be getting a little confused about their dwindling reader- and membership.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your list of visited places. I hope to have a greater need in the coming months to visit these blogs with you (beyond my substitute gig that I have right now.)