About

@alspur is written and maintained by Alex Spurrier, a education-focused data scientist working in Kentucky. He recently completed the Strategic Data Project Fellowship1 and is a proud graduate of Bethel University and Trinity College. In addition to education-related issues, Alex is interested in technology, books, podcasts, and his beloved New England Patriots.

Some posts have a special icon next to the headline that contains a link - here’s how to figure out what it means and where it leads:

  • = Linked Post. This icon indicates a link post - a typically brief post reacting to/referencing an external article. Clicking on the will take you from @alspur and to that article.
  • = Linked Overcast Post. This icon indicates a link post reacting to/referencing a particular podcast episode. Clicking on the will take you from @alspur and to the Overcast website2 and start playing the podcast at the relevant time.
  • = Book Note. This icon indicates a Book Note - my way of systematizing how I think about and apply lessons from the books I read. Clicking on the will take you to the Amazon page for the book my notes are referencing.

All opinions expressed here are Alex’s own and do not reflect the positions of his employers, past or present.


  1. Part of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. [return]
  2. Or to the app if you’ve already installed it (I highly recommend it). [return]