The Country’s Biggest-Ever Free College Plan and more in this week’s news roundup!

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Here’s the Fine Print on the Country’s Biggest-Ever Free College Plan (NPR Ed)
New York State has passed legislation that would create the largest experiment in the country to offer free tuition at two- and four-year colleges.

What Is the Future of College Marketing?
(Atlantic Education)
The “typical” American college student is changing. Is Big Data equipped to keep up?

It Takes a Suburb: A town Struggles to Ease Student Stress
(New York Times)
Students say getting B’s can be deeply dispiriting, dashing college dreams and profoundly disappointing parents.

Panicked Borrowers, and the Education Department’s Unsettling Silence
(New York Times)
Many people who believe that they qualified for student debt forgiveness — and entered graduate school, borrowed piles of money and chose employers accordingly — may not realize that they are not making qualifying payments or that certain loans are not eligible for forgiveness.

Want to help your kid ace the big tests? Make them laugh, not study
(The Daily World)
When it comes to test day, your kids know what they know. The hard part is getting over the anxiety.

Why Making is Essential to Learning
At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators. Instead of just memorizing material for a test, students are encouraged to use what they know to design and build projects.

Teachers, It’s Time we appreciate ourselves
Simple ways to recognize and appreciate the work Teachers do every day

How long is short-term memory? Shorter than you might think.
(The Learning Scientists)

When I (or any cognitive psychologist) refer to “short-term memory”, we’re talking about memory that lasts for 15-30 seconds. Not minutes, not a day, not a few weeks. Just 15-30 seconds. This differs quite drastically from the way people commonly use the term “short-term memory”. Have you heard people referring to how they can never find stuff they’ve left around the house, and following this with “my short-term memory is really bad”? According to cognitive psychology, that would be a completely inappropriate use of that term.

GUEST POST: Supporting Science of Learning in the Language Classroom
(The Learning Scientists)

For a number of years now, I have been working to integrate concepts from the Science of Learning into my adult ESL classes. In this article, I would like to discuss practical steps that I have taken in my classes to help my students put Science of Learning into action in a meaningful way.

Weekly Digest #54: Is There An App For That? Studying 2.0
(The Learning Scientists)

People are constantly on their phones. Especially students are often distracted by incoming messages popping up on their phones or the urge to check emails and social network sites. But, can students use their phones for educational purposes and for supporting their studying? Yes, they can.

What Is the Future of College Marketing?
(Atlantic Education)
The “typical” American college student is changing. Is Big Data equipped to keep up?

Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School
(NPR Ed)

How important is it to have a role model? A new working paper puts some numbers to that question. Having just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income black boys’ probability of dropping out of high school by 39 percent, the study found.

Teacher Prep Slow to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning
(Education Week – 2 week free trial)

As social-emotional learning gains traction in schools, many teachers are coming into their jobs unprepared to develop students’ skills in areas like self-awareness and navigating relationships, advocates say.

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.
Nick Bornstein
Nick is an education and communications intern with the APA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick is a current undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree and a minor in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Nick's interests include travel, studying German, history, politics, and economics.