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Study: No Difference in Genetic Influence Between Rich, Poor Families

Research by David Figlio has cast doubt on a widely-held belief that connects family income with cognitive development, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nzinga Receives Newcombe Fellowship

Kalonji Nzinga, a doctoral candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, has received a 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support his work exploring the educational power of hip-hop.

Anderson Wins Alumnae Grant

Lisa Blaskowski Anderson (MS15) received a 2017 Alumnae of Northwestern University Research grant to increase technological literacy among low-income and underrepresented high school students, a joint research project with Feinberg School of Medicine.

Social Relationships Take Center Stage

Those weak ties you’ve formed are more important than you might think, sociologist Mario Small of Harvard University said during Northwestern's Social Relationships Across the Life Span conference. Small was one of more than two dozen speakers during the two-day event.

Conference Highlights the Power of Social Relationships

The social connections we create throughout life can impact everything from self-esteem and learning to inequality and teacher performance, researchers said during Northwestern University’s international “Social Relationships Across the Life Span” conference.

How to Get More Black, Hispanic Teachers into the Classroom

A critical first step toward building diversity among teachers involves expanding the national pool of black and Hispanic college graduates, according to research by School of Education and Social Policy alumna Constance Lindsay (PhD10).

SESP Freshman Wins One Book Essay Prize

School of Education and Social Policy freshman Jonathan Sun won the $500 One Book One Northwestern Essay Award for his piece “Disparate and Equal,” which explores a sobering moment during high school when he began to rethink the meaning of “equality."

SESP Hosts Conference on Social Relationships

Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) is hosting an international two-day conference on the role of social relationships in homes, schools, online communities, organizations, inequality and more as part of its Global Initiative Conference series.

The Folly of Achievement Mania

American society is obsessed with high SAT scores and the bachelor’s degree, Northwestern University professor James Rosenbaum wrote in an op-ed published in the Hechinger Report.

Prison Labor: An Economic Boon to Rural Communities

Prisoners have long been used as cheap or free labor for Southern communities, a tradition that helps explain why some people oppose their release, Northwestern University’s Heather Schoenfeld wrote in In Justice Today.