The Election’s Effect on Education….and more in this week’s news roundup!

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What a Trump presidency means for America’s public schools
(The Washington Post)
Expect a push for private school vouchers and a downsizing of the Education Department.

Lesson Plans After the Shock: How Instructors Treated Trump’s Win in the Classroom
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
As professors grappled with their own surprise, they also had to figure out how to deal with students€™’ and colleagues’€™ questions.

Amid tense student emotions, educators struggle with polarizing election outcome
(The Washington Post)
Some students cried and worried about being deported. Others cheered change. Teachers grappled with teaching Trump after long avoiding the topic.

School districts offer counseling support after Trump victory as officials try to calm fears
(The Washington Post)
Students and teachers are expressing fear around the country.

Trump Set to Shift Gears on Civil Rights, ESSA, Says a K-12 Transition-Team Leader
(Education Week – Login Required; 3 free articles)
President-elect Donald Trump will work to ensure “a new way of how to deliver public education” that focuses on educational entrepreneurship and strong public and private school options, according to a leader of Trump’s presidential transition team responsible for education.

Trump’s win leaves Obama’s higher education reforms in doubt
(The Washington Post)
Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in the election places eight years of higher-education reform under President Obama in doubt, raising questions about the direction of policies governing financial aid and for-profit colleges.

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It
In [cognitive changes], teenagers can learn to take charge of their developing brains and steer their thinking in positive and productive directions toward future college and career success.

In Trump’s win, professors see threats to science and academic freedom — but also an opportunity to connect with students.
(Inside Higher Ed)
One of the major follow-up stories to President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory this week is — rightly — how the media didn’t see it coming. But the outcome sneaked up on other groups, as well — perhaps academics most of all. While some professors supported Trump leading up to the election, academe swung overwhelmingly toward Hillary Clinton and, it seems, expected her to win.

Trump Victory Jolts Higher Ed
(Inside Higher Ed)
Many academic leaders fear the president-elect could scare off foreign students, encourage discord on campuses and promote the anti-intellectualism that won him broad support from non-college-educated males.

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
(KQED – Mindshift)
As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards service industry and creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking.

How Voters’ Education Levels Factored Into Trump’s Win
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Campaign-watchers had long focused on the role the electorate’€™s schooling would play in the race. But it’s hardly the only demographic breakdown that mattered.

Listening to Music while Studying: A Good or a Bad Idea?
(Learning Scientists)
It’s that time of the year again: Exam season is underway. I notice that many of them are wearing headphones and I start to wonder: What are they listening to? Their favourite songs, relaxing lounge tunes, or white noise that cancels out disturbing noise from the outside? Does it make a difference at all what they are listening to while studying?

For Faster Learning and Longer Retention Interleave Study Sessions With Sleep
(The British Psychological Society)

Some basic rules of effective learning, informed by psychology, are already well established. Testing yourself and relearning any forgotten items is beneficial, especially so when this is done after a sufficient delay, rather than “cramming”. Sleep too is known to be incredibly helpful for consolidating new memories. Now a study in Psychological Science has built upon these insights, showing how interleaving two study periods with sleep leads to particularly efficient and long-lasting learning.

What will President Trump mean for science?
(Washington Post)

Donald Trump will be the nation’s next president, the shocking conclusion to a long and divisive campaign in which science was barely mentioned. Now, many people in the research community are contemplating what a Trump administration will mean for their work — and they don’t like the outlook.

The Burden of Being a Black Teacher
(The Atlantic)
Many African American educators say they don’t feel respected or empowered at their schools.

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.