Researcher Conor Williams ’05: Trump Education Budget Will Have Negative Consequences

Conor Williams ’05

President Trump’s proposed 13-percent cut in the education budget would have devastating consequences for many of America’s children, writes Conor Williams ’05 in The 74, a non-profit news site specializing in educational issues.

Williams is a former first-grade teacher and now senior researcher at the think tank New America’s Education Policy Program. He’s also founder of the group’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group.

Teacher Tweets: Education and Computer Science Faculty Dig Into What It All Means

Stephen Houser and Doris Santoro

A pioneering research project, involving education and computer science faculty, has now processed more than 1.2 million teacher tweets in an effort to get the true measure of what America’s educators are saying about their jobs. Read more in Bowdoin News.

The Honorands: Hanna Holborn Gray H’17 Delivers 2017 Baccalaureate Keynote Address

Hanna Holborn Gray, president emeritus of the University of Chicago and 2017 Bowdoin Honorand, gave the keynote at this year’s Baccalaureate ceremony. A refugee from Nazi German who arrived in the US with her family when she was four years old, Gray went on to become an acclaimed historian and a pioneering figure in the higher education field.

She was the first woman to be full president of a major university in the United States, and held that position from 1978 to 1993, after having served as interim president of Yale University for fourteen months (1977-78).Gray is also the University of Chicago’s Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History.

Talking to Yourself Can Help You Learn (Harvard Business Review)

People who practice self-explaining, a learning strategy revolving around asking oneself explanatory questions out loud, learn three times as more than people who don’t. Talking to yourself slows down your thought process and prompts you to concentrate. The act of explaining and questioning encourages you to make less obvious connections. Read more in Harvard Business Review.