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MPES Conference Explores Partnerships

Researchers who truly want to change lives must understand the people involved in their lines of inquiry, including principals, teachers, students, and parents, Northwestern University Professor David Figlio said during the recent Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) Conference in Annenberg Hall.

SESP Alumnus Named Professor of the Year

Northwestern University alumnus Barry Fishman (PhD96), one of the first graduates of the pioneering learning sciences doctoral program, was recently named the Michigan Association of State Universities 2017 Professor of the Year, which recognizes outstanding faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities.

Northwestern Hosts Free Screening of ‘Beyond Measure’

A free public screening of Beyond Measure, a documentary that looks at schools on the cutting edge of education reform, will be held April 19 at Northwestern University.

Students Showcase Innovative Tech Learning Projects

Inspired by her love for Pokémon Go, Northwestern University graduate student Amalia Donovan designed and created an educational tool to help middle school gamers level up through the use of statistics.

Worsley Explores the Origin of Ideas

Inside MakerSpaces and FabLabs, students often try to solve open-ended engineering design challenges using a range of both new and familiar materials. Where do their ideas come from?

Vossoughi Receives Grant to Study Equity and Tinkering

Northwestern University Professor Shirin Vossoughi received a $218,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue her groundbreaking work looking at culture, equity and learning in after-school tinkering programs.

Why America Needs Teacher-Designers

To improve education, Americans should focus on continuously improving teaching by adopting the same techniques used in Japan, Northwestern University Professor Matt Easterday argued in a recent essay in The Hill.

Learning Scientists Partner with Bennett Day School

What happens when inventive children work side-by-side with university students on a design problem?

Professor Dan McAdams to Speak at SESP Graduate Event

Northwestern University Professor Dan P. McAdams, Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, will present a talk titled “Authoring a Life: Narrative, Identity, Redemption, and Donald Trump,” for the inaugural SESP graduate programs gathering from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 in room GO2 at Annenberg Hall. Food from Pita Inn will be served.

Coburn Receives Grant to Study Educational Gap

Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn has received one-year, $70,000 grant to study how schools are creating stronger and more seamless connections between preschool and elementary school.

MPES Conference Explores Partnerships

Researchers who truly want to change lives must understand the people involved in their lines of inquiry, including principals, teachers, students, and parents, Northwestern University Professor David Figlio said during the recent Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) Conference in Annenberg Hall.

SESP Alumnus Named Professor of the Year

Northwestern University alumnus Barry Fishman (PhD96), one of the first graduates of the pioneering learning sciences doctoral program, was recently named the Michigan Association of State Universities 2017 Professor of the Year, which recognizes outstanding faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities.

Northwestern Hosts Free Screening of ‘Beyond Measure’

A free public screening of Beyond Measure, a documentary that looks at schools on the cutting edge of education reform, will be held April 19 at Northwestern University.

Students Showcase Innovative Tech Learning Projects

Inspired by her love for Pokémon Go, Northwestern University graduate student Amalia Donovan designed and created an educational tool to help middle school gamers level up through the use of statistics.

Worsley Explores the Origin of Ideas

Inside MakerSpaces and FabLabs, students often try to solve open-ended engineering design challenges using a range of both new and familiar materials. Where do their ideas come from?

Vossoughi Receives Grant to Study Equity and Tinkering

Northwestern University Professor Shirin Vossoughi received a $218,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue her groundbreaking work looking at culture, equity and learning in after-school tinkering programs.

Why America Needs Teacher-Designers

To improve education, Americans should focus on continuously improving teaching by adopting the same techniques used in Japan, Northwestern University Professor Matt Easterday argued in a recent essay in The Hill.

Learning Scientists Partner with Bennett Day School

What happens when inventive children work side-by-side with university students on a design problem?

Professor Dan McAdams to Speak at SESP Graduate Event

Northwestern University Professor Dan P. McAdams, Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, will present a talk titled “Authoring a Life: Narrative, Identity, Redemption, and Donald Trump,” for the inaugural SESP graduate programs gathering from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 in room GO2 at Annenberg Hall. Food from Pita Inn will be served.

Coburn Receives Grant to Study Educational Gap

Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn has received one-year, $70,000 grant to study how schools are creating stronger and more seamless connections between preschool and elementary school.

Learning Scientists Bring Computer Coding Basics to Museums

An interactive tabletop experience that teaches the basics of computer coding is under development in collaboration with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as part of a national effort to bring computing out of the classroom and into informal learning spaces.

When Fiction Becomes Fact

David Rapp's research on misinformation offers important insights into why we tend to rely on misinformation, according to an article in Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science, an APS blog aimed at integrating cutting edge research into the classroom.

David Uttal: Pokemon Go Might Not Slow Summer Slide But Has Other Powers

The 74 reports that SESP professor David Uttal is skeptical that Pokemon Go can counter the summer slide in academics, but he says it does provide opportunities for learning.

Hedges Reappointed to Educational Advisory Team

President Barack Obama has reappointed Northwestern University faculty member Larry Hedges to the National Board for Education Sciences to continue serving as a key member of the educational advisory team.

Mike Horn Guides Innovators to Develop Coding App for Kids

Northwestern University's Michael Horn helped inspire "Strawbies," a coding game that uses physical blocks and an iPad to make coding more collaborative and creative. Horn, a professor of computer science and learning sciences, previously conducted research at the Boston Museum of Science that provided the basis for the game.

Why We Fall Prey to Misinformation

Even when we know better, our brains often rely on inaccurate or misleading information to make future decisions, according to new research by Northwestern University psychology professor David Rapp.

Next Generation Storylines Advance Science Teaching

The Next Generation Storyline Project, led by SESP professor Brian Reiser, is developing innovative units to provide teachers with curriculum materials as they adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

Hechinger Report: Uri Wilensky Espouses Poetry for Academic Scientists

"There is an everyday pragmatic value for scientists in reading poetry," SESP professor Uri Wilensky and Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy write in a Hechinger Report opinion piece, contending that poetry helps to make writing precise.

Jeannette Colyvas to Collaborate on ‘Big Ideas’ Biomedicine Research

A “Big Ideas” grant from Northwestern’s Buffett Institute will enable SESP associate professor Jeannette Colyvas and her colleagues to create a research group in Global Medical Cultures and Law that will research “Biomedicine and Traditional Medicine across Cultures.”

Advanced Teaching Certificate Courses Attract Teachers This Summer

One-week courses this summer immerse teachers in leading-edge strategies for instructional coaching and next generation science teaching. Completing four courses in either sequence earns teachers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education.

Study Finds School Leaders Widely Use Research

The largest survey yet of educational research use among school and district leaders finds positive attitudes toward the value of research and frequent use of research for decision-making. Focusing at the local level, this study is by the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice.

Mike Horn, Northwestern Alum Collaborate on Newly Released Game

When Felix Hu was a student at Northwestern, he worked with SESP assistant professor Michael Horn on an educational game to teach young children computer programming. The game, called Coding, was just released as a commercial product.

New York Times Quotes Liz Gerber on Crowdsourcing

Research shows the best ideas come from outside a company, associate professor Liz Gerber told the New York Times, but crowdsourcing gives companies a toolbox for testing new products and developing customer loyalty.

KQED Features Shirin Vossoughi's Work on Equity in Makerspaces

“We feel there’s not enough of a focus on pedagogy,” said SESP assistant professor Shirin Vossoughi, who says just because kids don’t learn from overly didactic experiences doesn’t mean adults should be completely hands off.

Jim Spillane Comments on Common Core Controversies

Professor James Spillane is the co-author of the book Challenging Standards, which helps education leaders navigate controversy as they implement testing standards in schools.

Sandra Waxman in Scientific American: Cultural Differences in Autism Diagnoses

Behaviors that are considered red flags in the U.S. and Western Europe are considered normal, even desirable, in other parts of the world, according to professor Sandra Waxman and her blog co-authors.

Jim Spillane Appointed to Advisory Board for National Science Foundation

SESP professor James Spillane was appointed to the advisory board for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

Carol Lee Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

SESP professor Carol Lee was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

Grant Foundation Features Cynthia Coburn's Findings on 'Conceptual Use of Research'

Conceptual use of research, such as district leaders reading and discussing a book based on research about school improvement, influences policy actions and problem solving decisions across the school system, according to professor Cynthia Coburn and Caitlin Farrell.

Shanker Institute Highlights Jim Spillane's Work on Leveraging Education's 'Social Dimension'

In a new collection called "The Social Side of Education," the Shanker Institute features professor James Spillane's writing on "Broadening the Educational Capability Conversation: Leveraging the Social Dimension."

Uri Wilensky: 'Most Hated People in U.S. May Not Be Who You Think'

Professor Uri Wilensky writes in Huffington Post that Jewish people are three times more likely to be the victim of a hate crime than any other group. "We can change the climate so that anti-Semitic vandalism, slurs and attacks are no longer acceptable," he says.

Liz Gerber in Huffington Post: How Does Language Influence Who Innovates?

"Learn early, learn often" and "Experiment every day" are two phrases that associate professor Elizabeth Gerber advocates in a Huffington Post blog about language to inspire diverse innovators.

How Early Is Infants' Attention Affected by Culture?

By age two, infants’ attention to objects and events may be shaped by their culture, according to new cross-cultural research by professor Sandra Waxman, comparing infants in the U.S and China.

Uri Wilensky in Conversation: 'Add Computing to Every School Subject'

To meet students' needs for computational skills, professor Uri Wilensky urges incorporating computing into every school subject in K-12 education.

Carol Lee Named to National Academy of Education Board of Directors

School of Education and Social Policy professor Carol Lee was recently named to the board of directors of the National Academy of Education, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members.

Melissa Luna (PhD13) Receives CAREER Award for Science Learning Research

Learning Sciences alumna Melissa Luna (PhD13) received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study teachers’ noticing of students’ thinking about science. Luna is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University.

Carol Lee Named to National Academy of Education Board of Directors

School of Education and Social Policy professor Carol Lee was recently named to the board of directors of the National Academy of Education, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members.

On NPR Brian Reiser Tells about Developing Science Standards

"What we know is the facts need to be built on a strong foundation, and you build this foundation of explanatory ideas, not by just learning them, but by learning them in the context of trying to make sense or solve problems in the world around us," SESP professor Brian Reiser, one of the developers of the Next Generation Science Standards, told PBS station WCAI.

Education Week Recognizes New Education Research Center Co-Led by Cynthia Coburn, Jim Spillane

Education Week notes that the Institute of Education Sciences has launched the five-year, $5 million National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, co-led by SESP professors Cynthia Coburn and Jim Spillane, "to study how research works its way into instructional decisions and education policies."

Jolie Matthews Explores History Learning in Online Fan Forums

Digital learning expert and SESP assistant professor Jolie Matthews examines how people talk about history in online fan communities.

Jim Spillane, David Figlio, Carol Lee, Kirabo Jackson Named to Edu-Scholar Top 200

School of Education and Social Policy professors James Spillane, David Figlio, Carol Lee and Kirabo Jackson were named to the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings for 2016.

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