Inquiry Magazine

Inquiry alumni magazine explores the latest news and knowledge from the School of Education and Social Policy. Spring and fall issues focus on an important current theme.

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Northwestern Academy Moves Into New Home

Northwestern Academy Moves Into New Home

Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools recently moved into a new state-of-the-art space in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. The design of the space was influenced by the students themselves.

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The Impact of a Strict Criminal Justice Administration

In the wake of a potentially new “law and order” administration, criminal justice reform advocates must “create strong counter-narratives and messaging that stress ineffectiveness of current policies, the human right to dignity, and parsimony,” Northwestern University sociologist Heather Schoenfeld recently wrote in The Hill.

Faculty Recognized in Edu-Scholar Rankings

For the fifth consecutive year, researchers from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy have been named to Education Week’s “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 of the most influential academics in education policy.

Gifted Students Benefit From Ability Grouping, Acceleration

Schools should use both ability grouping and acceleration to help academically talented students, reports a new Northwestern University study that examined a century of research looking at the controversial subject.

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.

SESP Alumnus Named to Chicago Board of Education

Northwestern University alumnus Arnaldo “Arnie” Rivera, a former first-grade teacher and education administrator, was recently appointed to the Chicago Board of Education by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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.

Media Reports on Schanzenbach's Stress and Poverty Research

A new Hamilton Project Report finds that stress levels have increased for all Americans since the 1970s, but especially for the poor.

New York Times Spotlights School Finance Research by Schanzenbach, Jackson

For decades, educators, politicians and unions have battled over a crucial question in education: If you spend more on education, will students do better? Northwestern research suggests 'yes.'

Misinformation Research Featured in National Publications

Even when people know better, they often rely on inaccurate or misleading information to make future decisions. But why are we so easily influenced by false statements?