Apparent Relief for Grad Students and more in this week’s news roundup

Apparent Relief for Grad Students
(Inside Higher Ed)
Reports indicate congressional negotiators have dropped repeal of tax-exempt tuition waivers for graduate students and other provisions affecting higher ed from final tax-reform bill.

Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Program Demonstrates Success

In 2001, not long after Oklahoma had adopted one of the nation’s first universal pre-K programs, researchers from Georgetown University began tracking kids who came out of the program in Tulsa, documenting their academic progress over time. In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to show that Tulsa’s pre-K program has significant, positive effects on students’ outcomes and well-being through middle school.

10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About America’s Schools in 2017
(The 74)

Every year, education researchers force us to re-examine these cherished assumptions. In 2017, we started thinking differently about the importance of high-quality preschool. We began talking about the boon to minority students of a more diverse teacher workforce. We questioned the country’s skyrocketing high school graduation rates. And we took a second look at system-wide reform efforts in historically dysfunctional school districts.

Less is More: Simple Formative Assessment Strategies in the Classroom
(Effortful Educator)

I’m not sure when, but at some point in education, it became popular to make instruction more complex.  The more steps and/or manipulatives you could use in a lesson, the better.  Because, the more the student has to do, the more they will remember…at least, I think that’s the logic.  And as I sit here writing this, I’m not sure why.  To quote the immortal Avril Lavigne: “Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?”

Do Lessons in Music, Chess, or “Brain Training” Cause Students to do Better in School?
(Learning Scientists)

There is a commonly held belief that engaging in certain activities might increase a student’s overall cognitive ability, which could subsequently improve that same student’s performance in school.

Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public?
(Inside Higher Education)
New public opinion data suggest that despite significant concerns about prices, most Americans (and many Republicans) believe a postsecondary education is essential.

Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves
(Education Week – subscription required – free trial)
What will the job market look like in 2030? But our children and students face a future of multiple careers, not just jobs.

Intervention offered in school readiness program boosts children’s self-regulation skills
(Science Daily)
Adding a daily 20 to 30 minute self-regulation intervention to a kindergarten readiness program significantly boosted children’s self-regulation and early academic skills, a researcher has found.

How to think about discipline disparities
One of the things that makes the topic of discipline disparities so difficult is that it’s hard to untangle students’ behavior from adults’ responses.

How much do psychologists earn at each career stage?
(Monitor on Psychology)
Find out more about salaries for full-time psychologists by career stage and/or position type.

The three-minute pitch
(Monitor on Psychology)
Communications competitions are helping psychology students captivate audiences with their research. Here’s how you can, too.

Some Advice for Champions of Social and Emotional Learning
(Education Week – subscription required – free trial)
But every time I walk away from a SEL-themed article, conversation, or gathering nowadays, I find it harder and harder to remember that I want to be supportive. And that’s mostly because of how the advocates are making their case.

Infant brain responses predict reading speed in secondary school
(Science Daily)
A new study has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia, a specific reading disability, predict their future reading speed in secondary school.

Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout
A new platform helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation for different perspectives.

Crossing the Divide
(Inside Higher Ed)
Faculty and staff members can often regard one another with indifference, suspicion or even hostility, but at Georgetown University, the two groups are actively collaborating to improve student well-being.

Proposed Tax on Graduate Students’ Tuition Waivers Appears to Be Dead
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
“A tax on graduate tuition waivers would be unfair, would undermine our competitive position, and would inhibit the economic growth that tax reform promises,” the lawmakers wrote.

Is There a Growing Need for Social-Emotional Learning?
(ASDC Radio – BAm!Radio – Audio only)
Is there a connection between social-emotional learning and school violence? Our guest believes the answer is yes.  Listen to her story, learn about her program, and draw your own conclusions.


About the Author

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.
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.