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At most of the nation’s high schools, lunch “hour” is more like 20 minutes. But at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, lunch is over an hour and includes
opportunities to get extra help in calculus, play ball or do homework.
Known as SMART (Students Maximizing Achievement, Relationships and
Time) Lunch, the program has earned
the school APA’s Golden Psi Award, a
$1,000 prize the association’s Board of
Educational Affairs presents each year
to schools that use evidence-based strategies to improve students’ academic and
Kennedy students’ 65-minute lunch
period is split into two 30-minute
periods with a five-minute transition.
Students choose how to structure that
time: They can eat lunch then head to the
library or computer lab to tackle homework, or they can bring their lunch to
one of more than a dozen teachers offering tutoring. If students don’t need extra
academic help, they may play basketball
or soccer or participate in school clubs.
Students say they enjoy having control
over their time. Teachers say they love
having time to help struggling students
and to get to know their students better
in an informal setting, says Kennedy
Principal Jason Kline.
“When I came to Kennedy, the top
concern I heard from teachers is that
they just didn’t have time to work with
kids the way they wanted to,” says Kline.
Administrators have noticed an
increase in the number of students
taking Advanced Placement courses,
which could be because of the additional
academic support, says Kline.
“Kids have told us that they are
willing to take more challenging courses
because they know they have time during
the day to get the work done, and to get
help,” he says.
Read more about the Golden Psi
Awards at www.apa.org. Go to You Tube
and search for Kennedy’s SMART lunch
to see a video about the program.
NEW TOOLS WILL
WHAT THEY SHOULD
In 2013, APA issued revised guidelines for what undergraduate psychology majors should know by the time they
graduate. Now, an effort is underway
to help psychology professors and programs determine whether students have
actually learned the material and related
“Faculty and departments are facing
increasing demands for accountability,”
APA is developing tools to
help faculty on the frontlines
of psychology education.