My Weekly Reads: Top 5

College Kickstart is one of my favorite “college admissions” websites. They are my go-to resource for all things data related to admit rates, decision deadlines, etc.. Recently, they have been updating their Class of 2021 Regular Decision Notification Dates page, which I am now checking daily. (College Kickstart)

As Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that? Powerful videos that I suggest watching. (New York Times)

Adam Grant talks with Angela Duckworth about the science of creativity, purpose, and motivation. This is a must read, especially if you are interested in learning more about developing passions (yes, developing, not magically finding them!). Make sure you read to the end so you can get Duckworth’s feedback on a question I often get, “How do I get my kids into Harvard.” (Heleo)

Getting into college does not mean a student is ready to go. I wrote a short post on this, here! (New York Times)

The Science and Politics of the GMO is a course stumbled upon on Coursera being offered by Cornell, so not a typical “read” I would post, but this class looks so cool I am adding it here anyway. Description: Learn the basics of genetic engineering and biotechnology and examine why the GMO is politically contentious. Participants will gain an understanding of how science works, its limits, and how the interaction of these factors leads to decision making. (Coursera)