High School Summit, emotional intelligence, and more in this week’s news roundup!

Mountains with yard sign for APA high school psychology summitPhoto credit Daria Schaffeld

The 2017 APA Summit on High School Education – A Historic Milestone in Psychology Education
(Psychology Today – Head of the Class, Dana Dunn)
Why should people care about this historic Summit?

Programs that teach emotional intelligence in schools have lasting impact
(Science Daily)
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.

Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid
“Parents and teachers are realizing that what students read and learn affects how they see the world.” said Deborah Menkart, Executive Director for Teaching for Change, an organization that puts together social justice reading lists to inspire children throughout the summer.

How to Talk to Famous Professors
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Anxious graduate students are sometimes so busy thinking about how a distinguished scholar might jump-start their careers that they neglect to consider how their approach might just send the senior scholar scurrying away.

Is Social-Emotional Learning Another ‘Self-Esteem Hoax”?
(Education Week – subscription required; 3 free articles/month)
In Education Week, June, 2017 Chester E. Finn, Jr. writes that social-emotional learning (SEL) is the same “hoax” as the earlier flawed California self-esteem movement and is grounded in equivalent “faux psychology.” As a senior fellow and president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Dr. Finn is surprisingly short-sighted in his view about this important concept.

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child
(The New York Times)
True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond.

Five Myths About Transgender Students Educators Need to Unlearn
(Education Week – subscription required; 3 free articles/month)
Transgender and gender-nonconforming youths have become the focus of conversations across the country. Despite the media attention, most schools have no formal rules around gender inclusion and do not address gender identity in curricula. Because of this, many K-12 educators have difficulty knowing how to begin talking with students about gender identity.

Schools Look to Ease Stigma of Counseling
(The Wall Street Journal)
To lure students, satellite clinics offering mental-health services aim to make visits more discreet

I want to be “popular”: Psychologist Examines Our Lingering Teenage Selves
Most of us remember our status in high school. You were either in the, like, theater nerd, yearbook editor, band camp, or you were more in the world of cheerleaders and prom queens and quarterbacks. And we like to think that none of that matters after we grow up. But it turns out it kind of does. That is what psychology professor Mitch Prinstein says in his new book “Popular.”

The Key to Interleaving: Jumble It Up!
(The Learning Scientists)
Interleaving can be a tricky concept and is often confused with spaced practice. In laboratory studies, we can disentangle the effects of interleaving and spacing to show that they are both helpful on their own to produce learning. However, in classroom practice, it can be difficult to implement interleaving on its own, without spacing.

Social-Emotional Learning Has Long-Lasting Positive Effects on Students, Study Says
(Education Week – subscription required; 3 free articles/month)
Programs that teach students how to recognize their emotions, solve problems, and form healthy relationships may continue to show positive benefits for students months, or even years, after they complete them, a new meta-analysis finds.

Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts

Bullying can come with a hefty hidden cost for U.S. schools, a new study finds. California loses about $276 million each year in attendance-based public school funding because bullied children are too afraid to go to school, researchers report.

Is teacher burnout contagious?
(Science Daily)
Burnout among young teachers appears to be contagious, indicates a new study. It found a significant link between burnout among early-career teachers and exposure to both a school-wide culture of burnout and burnout among the young teachers’ closest circle of colleagues.

Depression and Video Games
(Inside Higher Ed – Academic Minute Podcast)
The American College Health Association estimates almost a third of college students report feeling depressed across the United States but only 14% of them seek medical help. Current research shows that certain types of video games can be an effective way of handling depression symptoms.

APA Psychology Summit Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
(Teaching High School Psychology)
Check out the four days of in-depth coverage of the first ever summit dedicated to create the best future for high school psychology education.

4 Tools to Boost Communication Skills in the STEM Classroom
(KQED – MindShift)
Healthy communication is vital to thriving workplace communities, and it’s essential for effective collaborative classrooms as well. Knowing when and how to express yourself, recognizing nonverbal cues, and being able to discern what’s important when someone speaks can be key factors in building interpersonal relationships.

Mental Illness Is Common, but Long-lasting Mental Illness is Rare
(Scientific American)

New research suggests that nearly everyone will develop a psychological disorder at some point in their lives—but for most, it’s temporary

Career Planning in College ‘Should Not Feel Like Going to the DMV’
(The Chronicle of Higher Education – Video)
Roadtrip Nation is known for its bright-green RVs that take students on career journeys. Mike Marriner, a founder of the organization, describes how it continues to expand its scope, its plans for “College Confidential,” and ways to enliven how people prepare for their post-school lives.

GUEST POST: WOOP Your Way Forward – A Self-Regulation Strategy That Could Help You Get Ahead and Stay Ahead
(Learning Scientists)
You’ve got a big project due at the end of the term. You’ve got a cumulative exam in two weeks. You’ve got an oral presentation in three days. You know you should space your study/work sessions (because you’ve been reading posts such as this one on this blog), but you can’t seem to get yourself motivated. You need to get to it and to stick with it.

Education Leaders Write Collaboratively
(Education Week – subscription required; 3 free articles/month)
As educators, we have a responsibility to not only work with students we teach, but also with colleagues to raise awareness about challenges our young people are facing. These kinds of collaborations foster growth as a community and develop professional relationships that make our profession stronger.

 Author Interview: ‘Making Evaluation Meaningful’
(Education Week – subscription required; 3 free articles/month)
PJ Caposey agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools.

The Most Important Communication Skill You Will Ever Need
(Psychology Today)

Everyone’s experienced those awkward social moments when there’s an overly long pause in the conversation or you’ve inadvertently interrupted the other person. These social gaffes can occur in face-to-face interactions, but are far more likely to happen when you’re on the phone with your conversation partner because you can’t read nonverbal signals of facial expression or body language. Even video chats can be punctuated with uncomfortable silences and the feeling that you’ve spoken too soon, again because you’re not able to take advantage of the cues you would get by being in the room with the other person.

7 Books That Teach Kids About Social Justice and Activism
(KQED News)

Social activist Innosanto Nagara wanted to find a fun book to read to his 2-year-old son that also talked about the importance of social justice. He wasn’t looking for the typical fiction written for children, instead, he was looking for unique narratives — by writers of color and/or authors who can speak about social issues through their own experiences. Nagara couldn’t find any. So he wrote one.

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.
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.