A Plan for Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science and more in this week’s news roundup!

A Plan for Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science
(NPR Ed)
Hirsh-Pasek, a professor at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is a distinguished developmental psychologist with decades of experience, as is her co-author and longtime collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff at the University of Delaware. And with this book, the two are putting forward a new framework, based on the science of learning and development, to help parents think about cultivating the skills people really need to succeed.

Chan-Zuckerberg to Push Ambitious New Vision for Personalized Learning
(Education Week – Subscription Required)
Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education.

Finding what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments
(Science Daily)
More attention should be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs and interventions to fit them.

Scaffolding Grit
It starts with integrating passion-based learning into your classroom.

‘Fear of Looking Stupid’
(Inside Higher Ed)

Anthropologist offers explanation for why faculty members hesitate to adopt innovative teaching methods.

(Inside Higher Ed – Podcast)

There are multiple ways to experience empathy. In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo’s Michael Poulin discusses which route is best for your own health.

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Learn From A Cameroonian Farmer
(KQED – MindShift)
Now for the first time, there’s a study reporting on what happens when psychologists give the marshmallow test to kids outside Western culture, specifically 4-year-old children from the ethnic group Nso in Cameroon.

Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?
(KQED – MindShift)
Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember. Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they review the current research into the neurobiology of forgetting and hypothesize that our brains purposefully work to forget information in order to help us live our lives.

College Degrees With the Highest (And Lowest) Starting Salaries In 2017
Psychology doesn’t fare well.

Health Bill Could reduce Medicaid Services for Kids with Disabilities in Kansas Schools
(Hays Post)
As Republicans in Congress work on an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill that would impose caps on Medicaid funding and give states more authority to decide who and what to cover, education advocates in Kansas are scrambling to determine how those changes would affect schools.

Mental Health Problems Rising Among College Students
(NBC News)
More than 75 percent of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 24, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is why college is such a critical time.

The Most Detailed Scan of the Wiring of the Human Brain
Engineers from Siemens used the latest computer tools to create these cinematographic 3D images.

Not Just for Students. Digital Literacy is for Professors Too
(Inside Higher ED)
Inappropriate social media posts from current and soon-to-be college students have made news headlines lately. Students, however, aren’t the only ones who need to hone their digital literacy skills. Many professors also need to think twice about their digital discourse.

10 Current Psychology Studies Every Parent Should Know
One of the many reasons parenting is an impossible job is that everyone is giving you advice, and much of it is rubbish.

Forgot Where You Parked? Good
(New York Times)

School’s out for the summer — and so begins a long few months of parents’ and teachers’ worrying about all the things their children will forget before the fall. The fractions they won’t be able to multiply. The state capitals they won’t be able to identify. “Learning loss” is the name for it.

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.

APA Summit on High School Psychology Education
(Teaching High School Psychology)
The American Psychological Association and Weber State University, with generous support from many contributing sponsors, are pleased to host the first-ever APA Summit on High School Psychology Education in Ogden, Utah, July 9-14, 2017. The mission of the summit is to create the best future for high school psychology education. Please visit the Summit website to read about the goals, objectives, and plans for this landmark event.

Why psychologists have got it wrong on 13 Reasons Why
(Yahoo News UK)
We have heard many exaggerated claims about research that supposedly proves that there is a link between fictional drama and suicide rates. Speaking to the Washington Post, Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, argued that young people are “not that great at separating fiction from reality” and “we see them actually replaying what they’ve seen”. In fact, research shows that young people are adept at differentiating between reality and fantasy from infancy.

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.