Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving, Start in the Classroom to prevent loneliness…and more in this week’s news roundup!

Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving
(NPR)
This is the story of Seth Frotman, the mangling of the program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and what it says about America’s student loan industry. Many student borrowers have responded to this story by sharing stories of their struggles with PSLF. NPR curated many of them in the article below.

‘I Am Heartbroken’: Your Letters About Public Service Loan Forgiveness
(NPR)
We received dozens of emails, tweets and Facebook comments from aggrieved borrowers responding to news that, over the past year, 99 percent of applications for the popular loan-forgiveness program have been denied.

To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom
(The Atlantic)
Starting in September of 2020, schoolchildren across the United Kingdom will learn from their teachers how to fend off loneliness.

Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Should Be Standard Practice
(Education Week Teacher- Subscription Required, Free Trial)
As more practitioners and researchers recognize the importance of addressing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, we can’t leave to chance the professional learning needed to make these efforts effective.

Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority
(Education Week Teacher- Subscription Required, Free Trial)
Within the first eight days of school this year, three students in a suburban district East of Los Angeles killed themselves. None of the deaths were related—the students had been from different schools, in different grades, and didn’t appear to know one another.

Sensor-Based Augmented Reality (Ar) to Support Apprentice Training – Loads to Consider!
(3-Star Learning Experiences)
Capturing performance is one thing, but what about the actual training part? Why would you go for a sensor-based AR design for training apprentices?

This Teacher Had Enough. Here Is Her ‘Bitter’ Resignation Letter.
(Washington Post – Subscription Required – Free Trial)
“Teachers are no longer given the autonomy to practice what endless amounts of research have proven are developmentally appropriate, dynamic ways of measuring student growth and skill mastery.”

Statistics and Data Science Degrees: Overhyped or the Real Deal?
(The Conversation)
I’m going to voice an unpopular opinion for the sake of starting a conversation. Stats is indeed useful, but not in the way that the popular media – and all those online data science degree programs – seem to suggest.

What’s Metacognition—and Why Does it Matter?
(Edutopia – Video)
A quick introduction to metacognition, plus 7 questions to help your students become more independent learners.

The Best Way Out Is Always Through
(Inside Higher Ed)
Sriram Khé describes what he wishes he learned in graduate school, especially when it comes to advising students.

Partial Graphic Organizers to Support Student Note-Taking and Learning
(The Learning Scientists)
Most students in my lectures take notes. Maybe they have a system that they use or they just start each lecture with a blank page. I started thinking about if there is anything that we – lecturers and teachers – could do to support student note-taking during lectures in any way.

Bystander Effect
(Inside Higher Ed – Academic Minute podcast)
Why is the bystander effect so prevalent? In today’s Academic Minute, part of Amherst College Week, Catherine Sanderson explains how it all starts in the deep within the brain.

How ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Primes Students for Interdisciplinary Learning, Including STEM
(KQED – MindShift)
A group of Grade 9 students in Texas who substantially outperformed their district on a statewide standardized test all had one surprising thing in common: they all were members of the school’s Dungeons & Dragons club.

Six Ways To De-Stress At The Height Of Midterm Season
(Daily Trojan)
While studying and doing well on exams are important, students must remember to unwind. Here are several ways to relax ahead of that looming deadline or exam date.

Element Interactivity in the Classroom
(Effortful Educator)

As a teacher who really loves and appreciates the nuts and bolts of instruction, element interactivity is a very interesting concept.  It is alarming that I’ve been teaching for over a decade and, until this year, never heard of or participated in professional development on the topic.  Its implications for instruction are quite significant and widely applicable. Element interactivity should definitely be considered when teachers plan for presentation of information in the classroom.

Do Psychology Degree Holders Work In Psychology Jobs?
(APA’s Monitor on Psychology)

Cultural Awareness
(APA’s Monitor on Psychology)
Psychologists are testing school-based social-emotional interventions targeted for children of different cultures and ethnicities—and the work shows promise.

Not Enough Students Have Mentors, And We Must Change That
(Hechinger Report)
Internship programs that pair students with employers can help bridge the gap

On Future ‘Skills’ and Jobs
(Effortful Educator)
The main purpose of the report is to predict which jobs and ‘skills’ will be needed in 2022 and which ‘skills’ will become somewhat obsolete.  I’d like to take a few paragraphs to ask some major questions of the table and do a bit of predicting, myself.

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.