Turns out, yesterday was actually a silver-medal day for the U.S. women’s hockey team.  The men play today at noon against Canada. The winner plays the winner of Sweden-Finland for the gold.  (Right now, Sweden is ahead 2-1 in the third period.) Then again, if you’re in *this* arena, shaping lives, every day is a gold-medal day.

Finland: until recently, Finland was the gold-medal country in international rankings of education, based in large part on its PISA scores (Business Insider)

Competency-based learning: Feds’ response to Northern Arizona University leaves some scratching their heads (Inside Higher Ed)

College education: it’s still worth it according to reports on the earnings gap (Minnesota Daily)

Digital learning: Chicago mayor announces major expansion (eNews Park Forest, IL)

Device Debacle: Amplify resumes Guilford County rollout (EdSurge)

Vocational education: Ohio Gov. John Kasich seeks to bring career-technical education into middle schools (NPR State Impact)

The EdTech 10: if you’re running out of week before you’re running out of work, catch the latest news of the week in this one place (Getting Smart)

BONUS LINK: raise your hand if you knew the 1980 U.S. hockey team won the gold by winning this game and not by defeating the Soviet Union (YouTube).  (This is an obvious replay from the early 2000’s.)