Spatial Reasoning, Growth Mindset, and Better Care for kids…News Roundup.

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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset
Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children
(KQED – MindShift)
Our journey began when we conducted an extensive literature review at the outset of the project (Bruce, Flynn, & Moss, 2012) and learned about the crucial importance of spatial reasoning.

Better care for kids
(APA Monitor)

Psychologists are working to help communities adopt and sustain evidence-based treatments—here’s a sampling of their work

Rich Students Go to Graduate School to Get Richer
(The Atlantic)

A new study shows pupils from higher-income backgrounds are more likely to enroll in programs with larger payoffs.

Cognitive Psychology and Education: Your Questions Answered (Volume 2)
(The Learning Scientists)

A few months ago, we published a piece in which we answered select reader questions. Here, we continue the series with 5 further questions.

School Vouchers, Oligarchy And Grizzlies: Highlights From The DeVos Hearing
After Betsy DeVos’ Senate confirmation hearing [Wednesday]— all three hours and change — we know a little more about Donald Trump’s pick to be the next education secretary.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated.

The 7 Things General Ed Teachers Need to Know About Special Ed
(BAm Radio – Podcast)

General education teachers play a pivotal role in the special education process. However, most teachers have little or no training in special education. Join us as we discuss the basics every teacher needs to know about special education.

Education Department Withdraws Controversial ESSA Spending Proposal
(Education Week – sign up required; 3 story limit)
That big fight over spending rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act has ended not with a bang, but a whimper: U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. is throwing in the towel, withdrawing a proposed regulation for a section of the law known as “supplement-not-supplant” that had strong backing in the civil rights community, but angered state chiefs, advocates for districts, and Republicans in Congress.

REM sleep selectively prunes and maintains new synapses in development and learning
(National Center for Biotechnology Information)
The functions and underlying mechanisms of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep remain unclear. Here we show that REM sleep prunes newly formed postsynaptic dendritic spines of layer 5 pyramidal neurons in the mouse motor cortex during development and motor learning.

K–12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning
(EdTech: Focus on K-12)
The word classroom may conjure up a certain image: chalkboards, a large desk in the front of the room for the teacher and rows of individual desks. Increasingly, though, schools are ditching the seating chart in those often claustrophobia-inducing rooms and embracing all parts of the building. Hallways, stairwells and other parts of the school now are becoming places to learn too.

Oral History No Longer Subject to IRB Approval
(Inside Higher Ed)
Life will soon be a little easier for oral historians and a number of other kinds of scholars who have had to gain approval from institutional review boards.

NEH on the Chopping Block?
(Inside Higher Ed)
Report that first Trump budget will try to kill arts and humanities endowments alarms many academics. Science programs in Energy Department could also face cuts.

Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work
(Washington Post)
In the waning hours the president’s tenure, the Education Department published a negative evaluation of its massive investment.


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.