To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions… and more in this week’s news roundup!

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions
(NY Times)
Dr. Immordino-Yang speaks about emotion and how it is essential to learning and where learning begins, or in many cases, where it can end

Money Worries Can Take Toll on Students’ Mental Health
(Psych Central)
College students in financial debt are much more likely to experience mental health problems, including depression and alcohol dependency

3 Investments In Teaching and Learning That Your Institution Can’t Afford Not To Make
(Inside Higher Ed)
Joshua Kim suggests that these 3 investments will enable, in the medium-to-long run, schools to have the resources to compensate all faculty fairly and equitably

Preschool Teachers’ Systemic Unpreparedness
(Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently reviewed one hundred of the nation’s pre-K teacher preparation programs, attempting to answer whether pre-K teacher candidates are being adequately prepared for effectiveness in their future jobs

The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning

Evidence suggests that universal SEL programs for children and adolescents can offer tremendous return on investment in reducing problems, promoting competence, and improving school success

For Freshmen, Campus Life Poses New Risks
(New York Times – Well)
Experts’ advice on how parents can help freshmen safely navigate those risky early weeks

Schools Turn a Corner on Mental-Health Education
(Education Week)
Teachers can play a role in improving mental-health outcomes for students as long as they have the tools to do so, writes Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk

Colleges Partner with Training Boot Camps and Online Course Providers for Federal Experiment
(Washington Post)

Eight colleges will team up with companies that run computer coding boot camps or online courses for an experiment that lets students pay for nontraditional training programs with federal grants and loans, the Education Department said Tuesday

When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.

From preschool Through High School: 24 Great Books that Show Empathy, Kindness
(Washington Post)

An excellent list of books that show empathy and kindness

 How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science
An interview with the co-author of the book: Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children


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.