Studying with Distractions, March for Science and more in this week’s News Roundup.

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Studying with Distractions
(The Learning Scientists)
What Halin et al. were looking at was how that distraction changes based on the difficulty of the material you are trying to learn and working memory capacity.

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student
(NPR – Education)
In a case involving a Colorado school district, the high court finds that schools must ensure students make more than minimal progress.

Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans
(Washington Post)
The administration revoked federal guidance that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans.

Running start… to a great career: What’s next with the EPPP Step 2?
Learn about upcoming changes to EPPP, the exam state and provincial psychology boards use to make licensing decisions.

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out
This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don’t really help people learn.

“They Actually Liked My Quizzes!” Getting buy-in for evidence-based learning methods
Each semester I attempt to overhaul a single course based on my assessment of the previous semester. In fall 2014, that class was Learning and Memory. As a memory researcher, I know that frequent testing is a powerful memory enhancer, so I incorporated daily quizzes.

Critical thinking instruction in humanities reduces belief in pseudoscience
(Science Daily)
A recent study finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in ‘pseudoscience’ that is unsupported by facts.

10 Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class
(Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’.

Model for Success
(Inside Higher Ed)
New paper proposes framework for supporting the needs of pretenure faculty members, namely making sure they’re poised to find intrinsic motivation.

APA Teams With Microsoft to Bring Mental Health Education Into the Classroom
(Health Canal)
APA has relaunched a collaboration with Microsoft to hold a series of lessons that will bring psychologists into elementary and secondary school classrooms via Skype. APA’s “Let’s Talk about Mental Health” initiative is part of the Skype in the Classroom program, a platform used by educators to learn from each other through the online world.

How To Understand Any Subject More Deeply
Study suggests way to achieve a more sophisticated understanding of any subject.

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough
To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.

In the Age of Trump, Scientists See Reproducibility as Risky Business
(The Chronicle of Higher Education -subscription required)
Attempts to replicate high-profile scientific studies can be a valuable way to hold scholars’ feet to the fire. But some scientists worry that those efforts could be exploited by skeptical lawmakers.

How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance
How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance.

How Many U.S. Students Are Taught by Qualified Teachers?
(Education Week –  3 free articles on sign up)
It turns out, most U.S. public school students are taught by certified and experienced teachers, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Still, the numbers vary as you look across states, school districts, and by different school and student characteristics.

Five psychology departments receive APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience grants to support undergraduate research experiences
(Psychological Science Agenda)
APA summer grants enable students to work in labs and receive mentoring.

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About the Author

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.
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.