The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education, Gen Z More Likely to Report Mental Health Concerns and more in this week’s news roundup!

The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education
(Effortful Educator)

So, here goes, in no particular order…the “most dangerous” phrases in education.

Gen Z More Likely to Report Mental Health Concerns
(APA’s Monitor on Psychology)
The latest APA Stress in America™ Survey focuses on the concerns of Americans ages 15 to 21.

Grading Smarter, Not Harder
(Inside Higher Ed)
Historians discuss efforts to evaluate student learning far beyond a grade.

Why Millions Of Kids Can’t Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It
(NPR)
This was a class on the science of reading. The Bethlehem district has invested approximately $3 million since 2015 on training, materials and support to help its early elementary teachers and principals learn the science of how reading works and how children should be taught.

Walt Disney Joins Program to Combat Social Isolation
(Education Week – Subscription Required; Free Trial)
The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to help expand an educational program developed in response to the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Long-Term Memory Encoding Engram Neurons Are Established by the Transcriptional Cycling
(Science Daily)
While long-term memory (LTM) is known to be encoded in specific neural cells, engram neurons, it has been unclear how these engram neurons are formed during training. In Drosophila, aversive olfactory LTM is formed by repetitive training trials with rest intervals between training trial, spaced training.

Becoming a Great Mentor
(APA’s Monitor on Psychology)
A successful mentor is not just an advisor, but a role model, guide and colleague. Here’s how to make the most of this important role.

Little-Known Secrets for How to Get Published
(APA’s Monitor on Psychology)
An academic who is trying to get a journal article published is a lot like a salmon swimming upstream, says Dana S. Dunn, PhD, a member of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs. “The most important thing is persistence,” says Dunn, a psychology professor at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Preparing Grant Proposals
(APA’s Psychological Science Agenda)
No matter where you are in your academic career, it is never too early to start thinking about submitting grant proposals to secure external funding.

Schools Fall Short When It Comes to Helping Students in Grief – Here’s How They Can Improve
(The Conversation)
In my many years as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who specializes in school crisis and child bereavement, I believe this dilemma – that is, the need to do enough but not to overwhelm the grieving student or the adults who are trying to help – represents a major challenge for America’s schools.

How Parents Can Help Their Young Children Develop Healthy Social Skills
(The Conversation)
Social development skills are just as important as cognitive skills when learning. In recent studies, positive social skills are highlighted as key predictors for better outcomes in adulthood. It’s important for parents to be aware of ways to ensure positive social development skills in their young child.

Books Are Good For Your Brain. These Techniques Will Help You Read More.
(Popular Science)

Reading books can exercise your brain and even boost your emotional intelligence. Despite this, about a quarter of all Americans haven’t read a book in the last year and our overall book-reading time is on the decline.

The Invisible Faculty
(The Chronicle on Higher Education)

By not standing up for adjuncts, tenure-track professors have undermined their own power.

Psychologists Reluctant To Own Up To Research Mistakes
(The World University Rankings – Subscription Required; Free Trial)

Despite widespread recognition of prevalence of errors in psychological research, academics remain reluctant to own up to their errors.

Transforming High School by Challenging Students to Take Action Based on Their Learning
(Education Week)

This post focuses on challenging students to take action on a topic or problem that they discover during their learning. As students act on their learning, they move closer to realizing the power of student voice to improve their own learning experiences.

‘What if someone was shooting?’
(Washington Post)
More than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year, a groundbreaking Washington Post analysis found. The experience left many traumatized.

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 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, collecting mid-century modern furniture and spending time with her dog, Becky.