Childhood forecasting of a small segment of the population with large economic burden and more in this week’s news roundup!

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Childhood forecasting of a small segment of the population with large economic burden
(nature.com)
Policymakers are interested in early-years interventions to ameliorate childhood risks. They hope for improved adult outcomes in the long run that bring a return on investment. The size of the return that can be expected partly depends on how strongly childhood risks forecast adult outcomes, but there is disagreement about whether childhood determines adulthood. We integrated multiple nationwide administrative databases and electronic medical records with the four-decade-long Dunedin birth cohort study to test child-to-adult prediction in a different way, using a population-segmentation approach.

School Discipline in a Post-Obama World
(The Atlantic)

It’s unclear whether the Trump administration will also see the issue as a matter of civil rights.

Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track
(KQED News)

Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students “soft” skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.

The Digital Era: How 50 years of the information age transformed college forever
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
In 2016, higher education and technology are inextricably intertwined. Learning and teaching have evolved so that vast, almost infinite, amounts of information can instantly be called forth with a flick of a finger. Thanks to the internet, wireless broadband, and mobile computing, the modern classroom extends far beyond its walls.

Incorporating a Growth Mindset Into Your Teaching Practice
(Edutopia)
A growth mindset isn’t essential for students alone—it can help teachers increase their impact in the classroom as well.

To Boost the Economy, Help Students First
(NY Times)
Donald J. Trump has made bold and provocative campaign promises on taxes, trade, immigration and infrastructure. These pledges are all in service of bolstering our economic future. While we hope these initiatives will help our economic prospects, there is one important measure missing from the debate. And it could have an even more immediate and direct impact on economic growth: student debt relief.

Merging neuroscience and education research to personalize multimedia and online learning
(UF News)
University of Florida education technology researcher Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko has never been afraid to take risks and go against convention. His pioneering spirit emerged in the 1990s in his Ukraine homeland, where personal computers were scarce and there was no internet connection. Today you’ll find him leading groundbreaking studies on a radical new approach for advancing and personalizing the still-fledgling field of online learning.

States Beef Up School Counseling Corps
(Education Week – Sign up required; 3 story limit)
Several states are making investments to build their corps of school counselors in the wake of mounting, quantifiable evidence that counseling support can be a powerful weapon in the battle to get more students through high school and into college.

How to Address Challenges in Mental Health Care for Latino Kids
(Storify)
Check out the top tweets from this joint Twitter chat among APA’s Education and Public Interest Directorates; Salud Today; and Mental Health America.

Freshman announces he’s dropping out of Kansas State and sets off debate on general education
(Inside Higher Ed)
Billy Willson finished his first (and his last) semester at Kansas State University this week — and in so doing has set off a debate there and beyond on the value of college and of general education in particular.

12 Scenes from the Movie Elf That Perfectly Describe the Week Before Christmas for Teachers
(We Are Teachers)
Watch these scenes from the movie, Elf, and you’ll realize how they perfectly sum up what it’s like to teach in December.

Happy Holidays from all of us at APA and the Psych Learning Curve!

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 specialized in 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. Over her professional career, Amanda has executed multiple print and digital communication campaigns and facilitated community engagement for a variety of health organizations. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography, collecting and learning about midcentury modern furniture and her Chihuahua/Pug mix, Pickles.