What I read: Week of November 26

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Check out the previous post in this series here -- What I read: Week of November 19

I read a ton of articles every week, and I don't save most of them in any formal way, so I decided I might as well collect them here. Categories are not mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. Peep what I'm reading this week:

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’ (EdSurge): This is a cool idea. Active parental involvement improves student academic performance, but families are often overloaded, and relationships between parents, students and teachers can often turn one-way. Family Playlists are a way to engage parents in a collaborative coaching process with students and teachers, and the results for their first 800 students look terrific.

Social and emotional learning
Questions We’re Still Asking About Social and Emotional Learning (American Youth Policy Forum): "Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of helping students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflict nonviolently, and make responsible decisions." (Edutopia) There is debate on whether to hold schools accountable to SEL assessments.

Messages from Educators on Social and Emotional Learning (American Youth Policy Forum): Educators say SEL should be culturally relevant, driven by practice, and responsive to students.

Nonprofit business
Models and Components of a Great Nonprofit Dashboard (Nonprofit Quarterly): Practical article on how to keep your metrics outcome-focused and easy-to-understand.

Employer perspective
Podcast: How the General Mills Foundation Engaged Employees to Refocus Mission (Chronicle of Philanthropy): Podcast, with transcript, about how the General Mills Foundation engaged staff to refocus their strategy. I especially liked how they talked about renovating the office facilities to improve morale.

Walmart CEO explains what the retail worker of the future will look like (Yahoo Finance): Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says automation of repetitive, boring tasks frees up workers to focus on high-value customer service tasks, reflecting the wider trend in retail. I expect retail workers would get paid more to do this work, as McMillon states, but I wonder if it will be proportional to the value created. McMillon's theme was echoed by Walmart Director of Workforce Strategy and Innovation Ellie Bertani in last week's Aspen Institute Nov. 17 Future of Work in Retail panel. Bertani also advocated for stronger pro-worker regulations during that event.

Not finished

Defining On-Ramps to Adult Career Pathways (Center for Law and Social Policy)

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