How Teachers and Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens and more in this week’s news roundup!

How Teachers and Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens
(NPR Ed)

Whether it’s a hurricane, a mass shooting, racial and political violence or family trauma closer to home, teachers can be helpers. Here’s our roundup of what you can do in these difficult situations.

Students know about learning strategies — but don’t use them
(Science Daily)

Researchers find that university students have high levels of knowledge about self-regulated learning strategies, but many students don’t use them. Specific training on how and when to use these techniques could help more students to maximize their academic potential.

No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum?
(Education Week)
States heeded cautions from advocates and researchers that measures of students’ social-emotional skills for school accountability would be unreliable and unusable.

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too
Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.

McKinsey used machine learning to discover the best way to teach science
McKinsey applied machine learning to the world’s largest student database to try and come up with a more scientific answer. The bottom line: A mixture of the two methods teacher directed vs. student-led, or inquiry based] is best, but between the two, teacher-directed came out stronger.

These Are the 2 Things Every College Graduate Needs on Their Resume
Now, as recent graduates start to send out resumes for the first time, two things will help new candidates stand out, according to new research. Excellent grades and lots of internships.

NCLB’s non-cognitive effects
A new study examines the effects of No Child Left Behind on children’s socioemotional outcomes.

How to survive the dissertation process (essay)
(Inside Higher Ed)
Justus H. Hunter provides tips for successfully surviving the dissertation process.

Can a 20-Minute Test Tell Employers What a College Degree Cannot?
(The Chronicle of Higher Education – subscription required)
Some companies and education groups think so. A spate of attempts to assess job readiness offers a new challenge to the value of higher education.

Professors Are the New Therapists
Mental health centers on campuses around the country are stretched thin—after all, it’s hard to imagine a well-staffed counseling office being more of a sell to prospective students and their check-signing parents than a state-of-the-art climbing facility. As an emergent “solution,” faculty development programs are offering classes on handling students in distress or in mental health crises.

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs: 10 Experts Offer Advice to Educators
(Education Week)
To help K-12 educators and policymakers make sense of the debate, Education Week talked with leading experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer science, economics, education, and history.

CWS Data Tool: Degrees in Psychology
(Center for Workforces Studies)
Interested in seeing interactive data on bachelor’s, master’s & doctoral degrees in psychology? Check out our new data tool.

Getting The Most Out Of Pre-K, ‘The Most Important’ Year In School
(NPR Education)
Suzanne Bouffard’s new book, The Most Important Year, may be just what parents of preschoolers have been waiting for: a guide to what a quality pre-K program should look like.

Putting Learning Principles into Practice in Gifted Education
(Gifted Today)
Previous research shows that student educational experiences influence their learning as well as their future success. Beyond offering opportunities for academic acceleration and ability grouping, what can be done to help make sure talented students are learning and developing?

Why higher ed needs to get rid of the gender gap for ‘academic housekeeping’
(The Conversation)

With the academic year entering full swing, I find myself concerned about the quality of my female colleagues’ lives as they face a mountain of what is known as “service work” in addition to their teaching and research responsibilities.

How To Find And Apply For An Academic Job
(The Monitor on Psychology)

Looking for an academic job? To find the one that fits you best—and optimize your chances of getting it—there are several factors you need to consider. First, make sure you’re looking at the right time of year. Most academic jobs are posted from June to December. Second, where are these job ads? Here are some top sources.

The Path To Becoming A Psychologist
(The Monitor on Psychology)
News from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies

What every teacher should know about … memory
(The Guardian)

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory.

Do You Tell Your Students How to Succeed in Your Class?
(Learning Scientists)
We’ve published several resource digests about syllabi – notably Weekly Digest #41: Preparing a Syllabus and Weekly Digest #64: Preparing a Learning-Focused Syllabus. However, what we haven’t done as much is talk about our own syllabi. Today, I wanted to tell you what I’m putting in the syllabus to help students succeed in my class (and, hopefully, beyond).

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time Amanda loves pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.
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.