Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds and more in this week’s news roundup!

Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

Teachers can help students strengthen their brain’s executive function with “workouts” in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.

What are regional psychological associations?
(Psychology Teacher Network)

Regional psychological associations are organizations representative of the scientific and professional interests of the psychologists within a given region of the country. As stated in Article XII of the American Psychological Association bylaws, regional psychological associations are affiliated with APA.

Revisiting A Disturbing Study Of Human Psychology Reveals Our Willingness To Obey And To Inflict Pain
A new study confirms what psychologist Stanley Milgram showed more than 50 years ago: the disturbing extent to which people will obey orders even when those orders cause pain in others.

A faculty position at a college or university is not the only career option for psychologists.
(APA Careers)

The following articles illustrate the various skill-sets and expertise that psychologists possess which are also highly valued by employers outside of academe. The nontraditional career paths represented by these personal success stories illustrate the different types of unique contributions made by psychologists in many different employment settings.

National Survey Shows High Rates Of Hungry And Homeless Community College Students
(NPR Higher Ed)

New survey results out today show that the rates of hungry and homeless students at community colleges across the country are higher than previously thought.

How Schools Can Face The ‘Bad Habits’ That Inhibit Meaningful Changes
(KQED News)

Making lasting change in schools is difficult not only because schools are communities made up of individuals with their own opinions about what’s best for kids, but also because, like most institutions, they are full of “bad habits” that can be tough to break.

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists
(The Guardian)

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Champions

Boosting your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brain

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education
(NPR Ed)

Yesterday morning President Trump released a proposed 2018 budget that calls for a $9 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut for the U.S. Department of Education.

Let’s not forget the essential link between psychology and education
(Education Plus Development – Brookings Institution)
According to the Education Commission, automation will replace half of all current jobs by 2050. This massive shift in the job market creates a daunting challenge for the education community, leading us to ask, “How can we teach students the necessary skills to thrive in such a rapidly changing world?”

Born to lead? The effect of birth order on non-cognitive abilities
(Flypaper – Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Research into non-cognitive aspects of human development is all the rage, and this study marries it with our fascination with birth order. It examines how birth order impacts non-cognitive skills, personality traits, and career paths. Analysts use a trove of longitudinal data to address these questions in Sweden, starting with population registry data that include every person born in that country since 1932, specifically data on their birth year, biological or adoptive parents, and biological or adoptive siblings.

The Very Best Learning Method Is Not Taught To Students Or Teachers
The one learning technique which works best is the one that students use the least.

Measuring Teacher Performance More Meaningfully

For most of public education’s history, teacher evaluation was an after-thought. Despite the centrality of teachers to the education enterprise and the fact that taxpayers spend a fortune on public school teacher compensation and benefits (today, upwards of half a trillion dollars), the standard evaluation model was a quick classroom check-in once a year by a principal looking for clean classrooms and quiet kids—things that didn’t directly capture the quality of teaching, much less student learning.

Dissent in Science Is Essential–up to a Point
(Scientific American)

When discredited “outsider” theories inform government policy, we all pay a price

What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
President Trump’s “skinny budget,” which is just an opening offer in the budget-writing process, proposes cuts in several agencies and programs.

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.
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.