“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators and more in this week’s news roundup!

“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators
(National Association of School Psychologists)
Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility.

The Heart of Teaching: What it Means to Be a Great Teacher
What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.

Productive PD: Learning by Doing
The EAGALA training brought about a change in my attitude towards students and learning in a powerful and enjoyable way that I will never forget.

Timing of Lunch, Recess May Determine What Kids Eat
(The Inquirer)
Ask kids what their favorite part of the school day is and most will say lunch and recess. But the timing of these events matters when it comes to what children eat and how much physical activity they get, researchers report.

Fending Off Math Anxiety
(The New York Times)
New research shows that math anxiety is by no means an American problem, and is found in countries where students regularly outperform American students in math skills.

When Preschool Happens at Home
(The Atlantic)
A program in Boston helps new parents find solace.

What Do We Really Know About Pre-K?
(Daniel Willingham- Science & Education)
The last decade has seen a huge upsurge in researcher interest in the consequences of pre-k education. That’s due, in part, to the steady increase over the last fifty years in the number of children enrolled in pre-k.

Why You should Attend Convention 2017 (Washington DC)
(gradPSYCH Blog)
Professional conventions are an integral part of the graduate school experience. APA Convention is one of the largest and brings together a diverse group of psychology students, academics, professionals, community organizations, and clinicians from across the US (and the world!).

Purdue’s Purchase of Kaplan Is a Big Bet — and a Sign of the Times
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
With a surprise deal to acquire the for-profit Kaplan University, announced on Thursday, Purdue University has leapfrogged into the thick of the competitive online-education market. Purdue plans to oversee the institution as a new piece of its public-university system — a free-standing arm that will cater to working adults and other nontraditional students.

AERA 2017 Kicks Off In San Antonio
(Education Week – 2 Week Free Trial)

It’s that time of year again: More than 12,000 education researchers are descending on San Antonio for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Teaching Immigrant Students to Look Forward
(Education Week – 2 Week Free Trial)

I teach English at an international academy within the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in the District of Columbia. All of my students are immigrants—many from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Others are from Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Sierra Leone. It’s hard for them, and for me, to ignore debates about immigration outside of the classroom that have the power to deeply affect their lives.

APA Marches for Science

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 APA joined scientists and supporters across the globe to celebrate scientific research and to speak up for evidence-based policy making.

Weekly Digest #56: Helping Students with E-mail Etiquette
(Learning Scientists)
Rude student e-mails are a recurring professor trope: female professors getting e-mails from prospective students that start with “Dear Sir”, as well as last-minute requests for help with assignments with imminent deadlines, and the worst of them all: the grade-change-begging e-mail. Just kidding – even worse is the probably drunk, overly familiar e-mail – see here if you want to laugh (and cringe).

Resources for the systemic implementation of social and emotional learning by school districts
Putting research into action through collaboration with districts, refinement of knowledge, and development of powerful resources for the field. The District Resource Center captures learnings from the Collaborating Districts Initiative launched in 2011. School districts representing nearly a million students are systemically implementing SEL. Here’s how they did it.

What do we really know about the value of prekindergarten?
(Washington Post)
A task force of interdisciplinary scientists reviewed the evidence on the impact of state-funded prekindergarten programs and issued a report on its findings, which is the subject of this post by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.

Forgetting everything we know about memory: why caution is needed when relating cognitive psychology to education
While learning about the brain and considering how we think, learn or remember is certainly a worthwhile pursuit and may have the potential to improve teaching practice, caution is needed.

How Education Research Can Track Intrapersonal Changes
(Psychology Today – APA Div 15 PsychEd)

Have you as a student or research participant ever completed a questionnaire in which you were asked questions like “Do you pay attention in class?” with response options ranging from Strongly Disagree, to Strongly Agree? Did this make you think, “hmm, it’s hard to say: sometime I do, sometimes I don’t?”

Learning by Doing: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology
Eighth graders at the author’s school taught themselves psychology by writing their own primer on the topic.

Brain stimulation during training boosts performance
(Science Daily)
New research shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies could be very valuable for training people faster and more efficiently.

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.

A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids
(KQED – MindShift)

When I feel like I just don’t have time to slow down and do this emotional work, I remind myself that an investment in this work pays off tenfold in my ability to stay grounded, not to get so stressed out, and most importantly, to be a better help to my students who need it most.

6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning
(Scientific American)
One of the most important: it’s good to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone.

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.
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.