Why the Marshall Memo?
The problem: school people don't have enough time to read
All teachers, school principals and other educational leaders try to read the professional literature, but very few are successful at staying on top of the best research and ideas. Their jobs are simply too demanding, and after hours they need to spend time with their families and friends and recharge their batteries.
An additional problem is that the best educational ideas are widely scattered among many different publications. No single magazine or newspaper allows for one-stop shopping in the marketplace of educational ideas. There are several free online publications, including PEN Weekly NewsBlast, ASCD SmartBrief, EduWonk, and The Education Gadfly - but they deal mostly with national policy issues.
So what is an educator who is hungry for actionable, school-based ideas to do?
The solution: a brief weekly summary of the best articles
The Marshall Memo was conceived to meet this need. It does three things:
1. SELECTS the most helpful, practical articles from a wide variety of sources.
2. SUMMARIZES the essence of each article in clear, readable prose and presents it in a weekly publication that can be read in 20 minutes.
3. ORGANIZES all articles (more than 6,500 so far) in an online database that is searchable by topic, author, publication, and level.
Readers over the last twelve-plus years affirm that the Memo is the best way to stay current on the best ideas available.
Note that the Marshall Memo does not cover national policy news. Your best source for this is Education Week, which does an excellent job and also runs lively opinion pieces.
So if you want a good balance of news and ideas and have time for only two publications, you might consider Education Week - and the Marshall Memo.