Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers and more in this week’s news roundup!

Happy 4th of July weekend! We hope you’re able to take some time this long weekend to relax, reflect and enjoy some fireworks. This week’s roundup focuses mainly on resources for teachers, undergrad and graduate students. Please enjoy!

Can Research Prove Ties Between Mindfulness and Achievement?
(KQED – Mind/Shift)
Researchers are in the first year of a three-year-study on how mindfulness programs affect the academic performance of children in 30 high poverty Chicago schools.

What Happens When Your Research Is Featured on ‘Fox & Friends’
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The story of how Dr. Derald Wing Sue’s research on microaggressions has made its way from college campuses to large media outlets.

Balancing excellence and equity: The twenty-first-century struggle of gifted education
If you ask many people, gifted programs exist because “gifted” students have unique needs. But what does this mean? And what is the overall purpose of K–12 gifted education? Even within the gifted education community, the actual outcomes of “gifted” programs are too often unclear, leading to charges of ineffectiveness at best and outright discrimination at worst.

Stress contagion possible amongst students, teachers
(UBC News)

Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study. The study is the first of its kind to examine the connection between teacher burnout and students’ cortisol levels.

The Life-Changing Power of Mentors
(APA Monitor)
Midcareer psychologists talk about the mentors who shaped their careers.

How Trauma-Informed Teaching Builds A Sense of Safety And Care
(KQED – Mind/Shift)
An examination of a program to train teachers about the effects of trauma on the brain and behavior of children to help prevent children from falling behind or being diagnosed with learning disabilities.

Grad Student Health Insurance On the Line
(Inside Higher Ed)

Universities grapple with providing subsidized health insurance to graduate students while complying with the Affordable Care Act.

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers
(NY Times)

Amazon joins other tech industry giants in an enormous push to expand the use of technology in public schools.

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 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 and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.