Entries by Jeremy Astesano

Kids are healthier after green school bus makeovers

By Jennifer Rainey, Futurity Relatively inexpensive engine retrofits for school buses can improve not only students’ health but also their academic performance, according to new research.  Every year, car manufacturers roll out new models with sleek styling, improved safety features, and better fuel economy. Yet there’s one vehicle on the road that has remained almost […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Paul Hernandez talks mentoring, measurement, and what we can do to keep people in STEM degrees

We’re pleased to bring you our interview with Dr. Paul Hernandez, an associate professor at Texas A&M University in the department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. His research focuses on the contextual factors, developmental relationships, and motivational processes that support and broaden participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers – particularly for students […]

Research highlights approaches that will be most successful for program leaders looking to build trust with youth

Griffith, A. N., Johnson, H. E. (2018). Building trust: Reflections of adults working with high-school-age youth in project-based programs. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.056 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study aimed to assess how leaders in quality youth programs worked to build trust with high school aged youth. This work was […]

Should an adolescent receive individual or family therapy? It may depend on the level of their parents’ psychological distress

By Karla Rodriguez and Mei Yi Ng, Society for Research on Adolescence Does a parent’s mental health affect how well an adolescent responds to psychological interventions? Parents play an important role in their adolescents’ lives. When parents are suffering from their own mental health issues, their children suffer as well. For example, when parents experience […]

A prevalence of “policy-based evidence-making”

By Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, for EducationNext Does the current drive to incorporate social and emotional learning, or SEL, into the K–12 curriculum represent a positive reform that will lead schools to educate the “whole student” and ultimately boost young people’s academic success? Or is it a distracting fad that comes with high opportunity costs? […]

How political views and religious affiliations connect to peoples’ opinions on supporting youth mentoring

Hagler, M., McQuilin, S., Rhodes, J. (2019). Ideological profiles of US adults and their support for youth mentoring. J Community Psychology, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22247 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study, conducted by members of our very own Center for Evidence Based Mentoring, looked at how political affiliations and religious beliefs in adults […]

The Urban Institute releases “Skilling Up: The Scope of Modern Apprenticeship”

The Urban Institute, an organization seeking to improve the “well-being of people and places in the United States,” has recently published an assessment of the state of apprenticeship. Find below a description of the report from its abstract, and a link to the full document: The apprenticeship movement is reshaping skills, policies, and programs in […]

APA releases new guidelines on race and ethnicity for psychologists

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently published a set of guidelines entitled “APA Guidelines on Race and Ethnicity: Promoting Responsiveness and Equity,” which seek to inform psychologists in a demographically ever-changing United States to help their constituents understand and optimize their treatment and practice, emphasizing awareness and sensitivity to the racial and ethnic background […]