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SESP Staffs Office to Assist Faculty with Education Outreach

Northwestern researchers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are increasingly conducting educational activities as an extension of their research. To assist with this educational outreach, the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) has opened the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).

For their grants requiring education activities, STEM researchers now have access to the SESP Learning Sciences program with expertise in learning theory and science education reform. They can also take advantage of SESP's relationships with schools and other education partners.

SESP is assisting Northwestern University researchers with their education research activities at schools, such as in the science classroom shown here
SESP is assisting Northwestern University researchers with their education research activities at schools, such as in the science classroom shown here.
(PHOTO BY JIM ZIV)

SESP, with its National Science Foundation-funded Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, its relationships with Chicago and Evanston schools, and its many research and development projects in science education, is in a unique position to assist STEM researchers with planning and implementing education research activities.

Faculty in SESP and the Office of Research Development jointly oversee OSEP. The director is research associate professor Kemi Jona, and the associate director is postdoctoral fellow Dean Grosshandler. SESP associate professor Daniel Edelson and Holly Falk-Krzesinski, director of the Office for Research Development, co-chair the steering committee.

Northwestern's Vice President for Research Brad Moore says, "The coherence that will result from OSEP's coordination of Northwestern's education outreach programs will add greatly to the impact of our work."

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