‘Twas the night before grant deadline and more in this week’s news roundup!

‘Twas the night before grant deadline
(Science Magazine)

‘Twas the night before grant deadline, 7:15.
Many creatures were stirring, thanks to caffeine.
The comments accepted, the references done,
In hopes someone might fund my first R01.

The Teaching Profession in 2016 (in Charts)
(Education Week – registration required)

Over the last year, we have seen a huge number of reports, surveys, and other data that explore various changes and challenges facing the teaching profession. For the past three years, Teaching Now has compiled graphs—from both our in-house research center and outside organizations—to visually capture the state of teaching.

The Journey to a Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck’s Live Keynote Presentation
(Education Week)

Carol Dweck presented and discussed her latest research around “growth mindsets” at Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From event in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2016.

The Return to Teaching: How to Come Back After Taking Time Off
(We are Teachers)

Spot on advice for returning to the classroom after an absence.

How Parents And Teachers Can Nurture The ‘Quiet Power’ Of Introverts
(NPR Ed)

“Introverts often are really amazing, talented, gifted, loving children, and they feel like there’s something wrong with them,” she says. “And our mission is to make it so that the next generation of kids does not grow up feeling that way.”

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond
(NPR Ed)

We know a lot more about children with autism spectrum disorders than we did just a decade ago, but nationwide students with autism are enrolling in college in relatively low numbers.

We Learned A Lot In 2016 About How Preschool Can Help Kids
(NPR Ed)
Deborah Phillips, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University, has spent more than a decade studying and tracking children in these programs. Her most recent findings were published in the journal Developmental Psychology….Her study focused on Tulsa’s biggest Head Start program, which is run by CAP Tulsa, a nonprofit group that serves 3- to 4-year-olds. It looked at how the students in the program were faring years later.

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All
(NPR Ed)

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake…Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That’s on par with nurses and physicians. And, roughly half of teachers agree with this statement: “The stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.”

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders
(Harvard Business Review)

Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t. But what are those organizations doing to nurture their talent?

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time
(Edutopia)

Studies show that homework is ineffective beyond a certain amount per night.

For Indiana special-education students, choice comes at a cost
(Washington Post)

The state requires little oversight for services provided to such students using private school vouchers.

Let your kids lose: Success inhibits preschoolers’ ability to establish selective trust
(Science Daily)
When children are falsely successful at games and other challenges, it can lead them to ignore important information in and about the world around them, according to a new study.

Discrimination of Women in STEM
(Inside Higher Ed – Podcast w/ transcript)
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today’s Academic Minute, Indiana University’s Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out. Murphy is an assistant professor in Indiana’s Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active?
(MindShift – KQED News)

Imagination is often associated with childhood, but that doesn’t mean the process is simple. Conjuring images that one has never seen before is more complex than it seems, requiring the brain to reconfigure images it can readily identify in new ways. TED-Ed video from Andrey Vyshedskiy on the neuroscience of imagination.

Where the ‘Bad Kids’ Go to School
(The Atlantic)

A 2016 documentary magnifies an often ignored part of the education world.

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.