Maximizing Children’s Resilience and more in this week’s news roundup!

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Maximizing Children’s Resilience
(Monitor on Psychology)
New psychological research points the way toward boosting resilience in children at risk, particularly the importance of supporting parents and early interventions for children and adolescents.

The Plight of the Independent Scholar
(Inside Higher Ed)
Rebecca Bodenheimer describes the trials and frustrations of attending academic conferences when you’re unaffiliated.

Revoking a Doctorate
(Inside Higher Ed)
U of Arizona professor’s Ph.D. is withdrawn after her findings on violent video games are questioned. Some wonder why her mentor and co-author, a senior scholar, has not shared the blame.

School-based Mental Health Programs Proving Effective
(American Psychiatric Association)
Just as children across the country head back to school, new research shows that the growing number of school-based mental health programs are effective in helping students.

What Happens to the Brains of Children in Poverty and How that Changes the Way They Develop
Poverty is associated with various deficiencies of resources that are necessary for the optimal growth of human body and brain. Not only the physical growth, but mental growth of the individual right from the birth to later stages of life are affected by poverty.

Mental Health in Academia: What’s Happening and What Can We Do to Address It
As a psychologist whose training lies in both clinical and forensic areas, I feel a strong urge to write about mental health in academia, which, like gender equality, is not arguably not novel issue – a fair amount of people have heard of it. Yet, it still remains a critical issue, perhaps more so now than ever before.

Dear Students, You’re Not #1.
(Effortful Educator)
Please read carefully and completely before passing judgement. You’re not the #1 priority in my life.

Even after reforms, few ineffective teachers are identified as ineffective, study finds
(Science Daily)
New research reports that a range of factors within schools can lead principals to limit the number of below-proficient ratings they assign to teachers.

Do You Tell Your Students How to Succeed in Your Class?
(Learning Scientists)
We’ve published several resource digests about syllabi – notably Weekly Digest #41: Preparing a Syllabus and Weekly Digest #64: Preparing a Learning-Focused Syllabus. However, what we haven’t done as much is talk about our own syllabi. Today, I wanted to tell you what I’m putting in the syllabus to help students succeed in my class (and, hopefully, beyond).

There’s an 84% probability your teen is studying the wrong way*
(The Educated Mom)
Wouldn’t it be great if teens could study the same amount as they do now and get better grades? Or, at the very least, get their same grades but spend less time studying and worrying? According to science, they can.

Before You Study, Ask for Help
(Washington Post)
That’s one of several ways students can better prepare themselves for tests in the new school year

How To Counter Back-To-School Anxiety
(NPR Ed)
The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It’s a big shift from summer’s freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety.

So You Want to Work at a Teaching College?
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
During my graduate-student orientation, one professor began her talk with her own Horatio Alger story: She’d worked her way up from a teaching-focused college, where she’d found it agonizing to face a steady stream of students in her office, to a coveted position at a research university, where, she happily noted, faculty members don’t get bogged down in student drama.

The Every Student Succeeds Act Creates Opportunities to Improve Health and Education at Low Performing Schools
(Pew Trust)
A report on how needs assessments can help states and districts identify ways to boost outcomes for children.

What We Wear in the Underfunded University
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
What does it mean to “dress for the job you want” in an industry marked by a paucity of any jobs at all?

The Call-In: Bullying
(NPR The Call-In Podcast – transcript available)
The new school year is upon us. This week on The Call-In, we hear from listeners about their experiences with bullying. Also, psychologist Kortney Peagram talks with host A Martinez.

Top Education Policy People and Organizations on Social Media 2017
(Education Next)
Get to know the top influencer in the education policy world. The list includes top policy people and organizations, but also “other” other Educators worth following.

EdNext Podcast: Should Laptops Be Allowed in College Classrooms?
(Education Next – No transcript)
The laptop debate continues. Susan Payne Carter, assistant professor of economics at West Point discusses her new study.

Neurons involved in learning, memory preservation less stable, more flexible than once thought
(Science Daily)
The human brain has a region of cells responsible for linking sensory cues to actions and behaviors and cataloging the link as a memory. Cells that form these links have been deemed highly stable and fixed. Now, new research conducted in mice challenge that model, revealing that the neurons responsible for such tasks may be less stable, yet more flexible than previously believed.

Improving early childhood learning with better data
Education reformers are committed to educational opportunities that provide upward mobility for the children who need it most. Early learning has been shown to improve long-term student outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable, so it should be a key component of that strategy—but it won’t be if we don’t even know which kids are having which early learning experiences, let alone what long-term effects those experiences are having.

How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character
(KQED – Mind Shift)
When it comes to promoting good behavior, extrinsic rewards are “the worst ineffective character education practice used by educators,” Berkowitz writes. Instead of handing out prizes, teachers tried to reach children by talking about what’s inside them. “We consistently talked to them about what were their motivations from the heart”

Taking a Psychological Approach to Education
( – The Daily Item)
As students prepare to head back to school on Tuesday, Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said one of the top priorities for the district continues to be psychological safety.

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.