Where can you go with a psychology degree…and more in this week’s news roundup!

Carleton College Career Paths
(Carleton College Career Center)

Click on paths to see more details about alumni in that particular path; click on start and end points to explore a particular major or career area.

Trump signs bills overturning Obama-era education regulations
(Washington Post)
President Trump signed bills Monday overturning two Obama-era education regulations, continuing the Republican majority’s effort to undo key pieces of the previous administration’s legacy.

A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science
(NPR Education)
It has to do with language learning, according to a new study from Duke University. 

Teaching Text Structure Improves Reading Comprehension
(Psychology Today)
APA Division 15 writes about how text structure should be taught starting in the primary grades.

Conquering Graduate Application Dread: Advice From Graduate Faculty
(Psi Chi)

The National Survey of Applicant Expectations in Psychology (NSAEP; funded in part by a Mamie Phipps Clark grant from Psi Chi) surveyed graduate faculty from across the United States on topics related to the graduate application process. One question asked the respondents for the top piece of advice they would share with applicants. The question received 581 responses from faculty members across the nation.

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development
(User Generated Education)

Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students

What skills do employers value most in graduates?
(World Economic Forum)

Ernst and Young was the first prominent graduate employer to decide that its own entry criteria were a more accurate judge of job applicants than the degree classifications on their CVs. But similar moves away from a reliance on degree grades are now taking root at other big accountancy firms PwC and Deloitte, too. The latest Global Employability University Survey, published in November 2015, reinforces the message that employers are placing a lower value on degree grades.

Investment in STEM Invites Growth
(Washington Square News)

As pointed out by a New York Times article last week, NYU is one of many colleges currently investing heavily in science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM — fields.

Mentoring Opportunities at APA
(APAPsycIQ)

This article lists several mentoring opportunities for career development and research experience offered by APA.

A Day In The Life Of An Academic Mom
(NPR Cosmos and Culture)

Blogger Tania Lombrozo is an academic — and a mom. Here, she gives a window into what that’s like day-to-day.

How Kids Learn Resilience
(The Atlantic)

In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

Study: A Teacher’s Encouragement Gives Students a Lasting Boost
(Education Week – subscription based, 2-week free trial)

Students whose teachers offer encouragement are more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who don’t get the same support, according to a new study out of the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

How To Improve Your Metacognition and Why It Matters
(The Learning Scientists)

A crucial aspect of learning is to know when you can stop studying a specific topic and move to the next or when to wrap-up studying altogether. A straightforward strategy would be to stop when you think you have mastered the topic. For this strategy to be successful, you need to have a good idea about what you know and what you don’t know (yet). Our metacognition is in charge of exactly that: It is the knowledge of our knowledge.

Why Even Great Teaching Strategies Can Backfire And What To Do About It
(KQED News)

Educators often look for classroom inspiration from instructional strategies that “work,” focusing on how many students improved based on a given strategy. While that’s important and helpful, focusing only on how a strategy works, without examining why it didn’t work for some learners, is a missed opportunity.

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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.
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.