OK, it may seem like a sad cry for a social life when a busy educator says that a highlight of his week is reading the latest Marshall Memo, but it’s absolutely true. What it boils down to is time, and doesn’t every teacher want more time? Reading the Marshall Memo saves me time. And keeps me informed and up to date on the most current and ongoing issues in education. And it makes me feel smart, inspired, and ready to engage in a discussion on almost any topic significant to teachers, administrators, and even school board members. And even more importantly, from each issue I harvest a bounty of meaningful teaching and leadership ideas–covering a broad range of education-related subjects including, of course, writing and literacy. (If you are sufficiently pumped-up and you can’t wait, you can stop reading my testimonial right now and go directly to: http://www.marshallmemo.com to find out all the background and subscription details.)

If you’re still with me, think of the Marshall Memo as the Reader’s Digest for anyone involved in teaching, educational leadership, and student achievement. Kim Marshall is the man behind the Memo. His rich background in education–teacher, principal, administrator, writer, consultant–offers him a focused perspective as he carefully pours over the weekly/monthly offerings from the 44 publications (Wow!) he subscribes to.  Consider him, as he says on his website, as your “designated reader,” and thankfully as your designated narrower. From all this reading, Mr. Marshall chooses between 5 and 10 of the best articles–those with the “greatest potential to influence teaching, leadership, and learning.”

He skillfully summarizes his selections (including e-links to the full articles) in a weekly email arriving each Monday. Here are a few of the topics included in recent issues of the Memo: Going back to basics with writing, Connecting school mathematics to everyday life, Dylan Wiliam on the power of classroom assessments, Homework: the good, the bad, and the ugly, The impact of absenteeism on teaching and learning. (And the list does go on–subscribers have access to a database of over 2800 articles!) And each Memo takes about 20 minutes to read, leaving you plenty of time for spa treatments, walking the dog, checking out the latest on Sixtraitgurus, or prepping for your next day with students.

The Marshall Memo “Selects, Summarizes, and Organizes” the best from a wide range of sources so you can stay current, informed, inspired, and even motivated. You heard it from us, now check it out for yourself.