6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education and more in this week’s news roundup!

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education
(NPR Ed)

Brains, brains, brains. One thing we’ve learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings. But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. “In the last 20 years or so, there’s been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism,” says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside.

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It
(NPR Ed)

Dyslexia is so widespread that it forces schools and parents to take action. And yet, it is deeply misunderstood. Even basic questions don’t have easy answers.

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools
(The Atlantic)

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.

How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed
(NPR Ed)

A study published in the Review of Educational Research today suggests that school climate is something educators and communities should prioritize — especially as a way to bridge the elusive achievement gap. The authors analyzed more than 15 years of research on schools worldwide, and found that positive school climate had a significant impact on academics.

Why Most Secretaries of Education Haven’t Had a Higher-Ed Background
(The Chronicle – Subscription required)

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick to head the Education Department, has no track record in higher education. But that’s hardly unusual over the post’s short history.

Career advice: how to do a Skype job interview
(Higher Times Education)

In the first of a new series of articles, leading academics and university administrators will share tips on how to get ahead in higher education. Here, those involved in hiring explain how to handle a Skype interview.

Learning Styles: Is Visual Learning Really A Thing?
(MindShift – KQED News)

It’s common to hear people say, “I’m a visual learner,” but research doesn’t support the idea that learning styles like visual or auditory learning are inherent traits. That doesn’t mean learners don’t have preferences, but only one flawed study found that people actually learned better when information was presented in their preferred style. Instead, it seems that most people learn the best when information is presented in multiple ways, especially when one of them is visual.

7 Ways to Create a More Positive School Climate
(Education Week)
Before our students can learn and our teachers can dive into authentic engagement, we have to make sure our school climates are a place that foster growth and innovation. Most of all, our school climates must be places that focus on strengths and not always on deficits.

It’s going to cost taxpayers $108 billion to help student loan borrowers
(Washington Post)
The price tag on a popular student loan repayment program is far larger than the Education Department estimates, the Government Accountability Office says.

Toddler robots help solve how children learn
(Science Daily)
Children may learn new words using the same method as robots. New research suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects, which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment.

Bullying rates remain higher for children with disabilities, even as they mature
(Science Daily)
Schools should refocus efforts to help these children develop social skills to combat bullying in more positive ways.

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Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to 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 and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.