Tom Davidson ’94 Launches Baseball-Themed Summer Learning Platform

Tom Davidson ’94, photo credit: EverFi

Tom Davidson ’94—CEO of educational technology company EVERFI—aims to stop the so-called “summer slide” experienced by school kids at this time of year, according to Roger Groves in Forbes.com. EVERFI has teamed up with Major League Baseball to launch a new learning platform described by Groves as “carefully disguised teaching vehicles.”

The program, called “Summer Slugger,” features thirty six interactive baseball-themed computer games designed to boost math and literacy skills. According to Davidson, “each fall teachers spend an average of six weeks re-teaching their students old material that was lost during the summer months.”

Conor Williams ’05: How New Federal Education Law Can Help English Learners (The 74)

Conor Williams ’05

Education policy pundit Conor Williams ’05 said the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act has the potential to better serve English language learners. Writing in The 74 (a nonprofit news site that specializes in educational matters), he described how ESSA, “which replaced the much-maligned No Child Left Behind,” gives states more flexibility in how they help those learners.

Williams singled out three states in particular for making “good use of their newfound flexibility.” Read more in The 74.

Bowdoin’s Dorn Discusses New Book, ‘For the Common Good’ (Inside Higher Education)

Charles Dorn

Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik interviews Professor of Education Charles Dorn about his new book, For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education.

The book examines four time periods, from the 18th century to today, in which Dorn argues higher education has evolved to meet society’s changing needs. Over these two centuries, colleges and universities shifted their focus from civic-mindedness to practicality, commercialism, and affluence. Read the interview in Inside Higher Ed and read more about the book in Bowdoin News.

Has American Higher Ed. Lost Its Way? Bowdoin’s Dorn Delves Into Question in New Book

Professor Chuck Dorn has just published a new history of higher education

Are colleges and universities in crisis today? Is college too expensive and yet still not preparing graduates for real-life careers? Do colleges and universities actually contribute to the common good? Or are they just masked corporations?

Bowdoin Professor of Education Charles Dorn takes a unique approach to answering those questions, and others, by looking back at 200 years of history of higher education. In his new book, For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America, Dorn argues that we can’t understand what’s going on with colleges and universities today until we examine where they have come from, why they were founded, and how society has viewed their function at different points in time.

“There have always been periods where Americans have been disgruntled with higher education,” Dorn said in a recent interview. “What people tend to do is, one, they push for reform — they want what currently exists to change. And two, they create new kinds of institutions that better meet the needs they have defined.” Read more in Bowdoin News.