The return of Ms. Frizzle and more in this week’s news roundup!

(C) Clyde Robinson

When Ms. Frizzle Returns, What Will She Say About Modern-Day Education?
(Education Week – 3 story limit with registration)

Actress and comedian Kate McKinnon will be the voice of the eccentric science teacher Ms. Frizzle in Netflix’s reboot of “The Magic School Bus.” But, McKinnon’s more recent role as newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on “Saturday Night Live” had us wondering: What would the new Ms. Frizzle have to say about DeVos and modern-day education issues?

2 Research-Tested Learning Strategies
(Edutopia – The Learning Scientists’ post)
Spaced practice and retrieval practice can be hard—but they’re super effective learning strategies. Here’s how you can implement them.

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News
(NPR Ed)

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.

The Science of Teaching Reading

(National Council on Teacher Quality)

On the 2015 NAEP, nearly a third of fourth graders (31 percent) scored below Basic, unable to locate information or identify details in a text. Only about a third (36 percent) of fourth graders score high enough that they demonstrate the ability to interpret texts. Clearly, too many fourth graders are not learning how to read well, and studies found that students who are not reading by the fourth grade most likely will grow up to be essentially non-readers.

The Overprotected Kid
(The Atlantic)

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Master’s Degrees, But There’s A Catch
(NPR Ed)

There’s an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master’s degrees out there more affordable.

How Lesson Imaging Brings Math and Science Instruction Into Focus
(Education Week – 3 story limit with registration)
The world is changing rapidly as advances in technology reshape the ways in which humans communicate and reason in the workplace. There is a growing demand for employees who exhibit expert communication and thinking skills.

Working memory as key to preventing misdiagnoses, overrepresentation of minorities in special education
(Science Daily)
Researchers have found a link to growth in working memory and growth in English-language reading among young English-language learning students. The findings suggest better assessment and education that considers second language acquirement, and not just curriculum, could help prevent misdiagnoses of learning disabilities in minority students.

Kindness: A Lesson Plan
Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.

Online Education Costs More, Not Less
(Inside Higher Ed)

Study challenges the myth that digital instruction costs less — both for students and for the colleges producing the courses.

13 Powerful SEL Activities
(Edutopia – video and article)
Build social and emotional skills into any class.

Maybe College Isn’t the Great Equalizer
(Inside Higher Ed)
Study links family income growing up to postgraduation income — even after controlling for many factors. Other researchers disagree.

Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?
(KQED – MindShift)
Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts. When learners can make mistakes, reflect on new strategies, get feedback, and try again they gain a deeper understanding of the topic. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development.

11 Most Popular Psychology Studies of 2016
Foods that psychopaths like, new view of depression, memory tricks, surprising psychological effects of common drugs, and more…

Inspired! The Science of Creativity
(Scientific American)
What makes some people more creative than others?

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the 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, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.