A Degree With Zero Debt, Advice for PhDs seeking jobs and more in this week’s news roundup!

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A Degree With Zero Student Debt. Does It Work?
(NPR Ed)
Does giving away two years of free community college ultimately translate into more degrees?

Connecting on LinkedIn
(Inside Higher Ed)
Jennifer Polk and L. Maren Wood answer the most commonly asked questions from Ph.D.s seeking jobs beyond the professoriate.

The Problem with “Learning Styles”
(Scientific American)
There is little scientific support for this fashionable idea—and stronger evidence for other learning strategies

In Defense of the Liberal Arts
(Inside Higher Ed)
Two groups issue joint statement on “increasingly threatened” disciplines and approaches.

Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’
(NPR Ed)
It’s one of the most famous studies ever done on kids. It’s often cited as a reason children from poor families struggle in school. But it may be neither 30 million words, nor exactly a gap.

Should Ofsted observe lessons?
(The Learning Spy)
The UK published a report which lays the groundwork on how they might start observing lessons. David feels inspectors should definitely observe what goes on in lessons, but they should resist the temptation to judge.

‘Will this be on the test?’ Even if it isn’t, students might remember it
(Science Dialy)
A new study shows that teachers don’t have to test everything they want their students to remember — as long as the knowledge they want to convey fits together well, and the test questions are well-chosen. The finding builds on a proven phenomenon known as ‘retrieval-enhanced learning’ — that the very act of recalling something reinforces it in a person’s memory.

‘The Happiness Curve’ Explains Why Academics in Their 40s Are So Miserable
(Inside Higher Ed)
One theory is that the brains of people in their 40s are re-organizing themselves in order to take on the challenges of later life. The second half of one’s time on earth is less about individual achievement, and more about contributing to the future well-being of our communities.

The Benefits of Longhand Notetaking Versus Slide Annotations
(The Learning Scientists)
A brand-new series of experiments by Coria and Higham (1)(2) looked into the differences between longhand notetaking and slide annotations on student performance and has revealed intriguing findings.

School Counselors Keep Kids on Track. Why Are They First to Be Cut?
(The Hechinger Report)
How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

Teens Are Cyberbullying Themselves. Why?
(Education Week – Subscription Required; Free Trial)
Digital self-harm is a newer form of teenage expression of self-hatred and depression that is just beginning to capture the attention of school officials.

Survey of K-3 Teachers Finds Affinity With Preschool Colleagues
(Education Week  – Subscription Required; Free Trial)
Sometimes there seems to be a disconnect between educators who work with children prior to elementary school and those who teach in the early grades, but new survey results suggests that K-3 teachers share strong affinity with the educators who work with younger children.

Memory depends on protein ‘off-switch’
(Science Daily)
Memory, learning and cognitive flexibility depend on a protein ‘off-switch’ in the brain, according to a breakthrough discovery.

International Graduate Students: Possible Challenges for Global Academic Science
(Inside Higher Ed)
Should the conditions for international science continue to deteriorate in the United States, the effects will extend beyond America’s borders.

Transitioning From a Postdoc to a Tenure-Track Position
(Inside Higher Ed)
Stephen J. Aguilar shares what he’s learned.

College Mental Health Crisis Leaves Parents in Dark
(Albuquerque Journal)
Campus statistics show the number of college students seeking mental health help has risen sharply over the past few years. Schools try to keep up with demand, but the sad fact is that suicide is a leading cause of death for college-age students, second only to fatal accidents.

Emailing Future Ph.D. Advisors
(Psychology Today)
This is an important, but often overlooked, step in the application process.

How Do I Start to Think about Graduate School?!?
(Learning Scientists)
Applying for graduate school can be an intimidating experience for anyone, especially if you don’t know what to expect. As someone who recently went through the process (and was accepted into a clinical mental health counseling program!), I am excited to share my tips on applying for graduate school.

About the Author

Hunter Clary
Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve. A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him -- add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.
Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda's passion for advancing the conversation around mental health, coupled with her background in marketing has made for an exciting career at the American Psychological Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Emerson College and her graduate degree in Public Health Communications from the George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health here in Washington, DC. In her free time Amanda loves hiking, pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.

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