Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2013

Penelope Peterson

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Dear Friends,

The Northwestern University Strategic Plan states, “We will broaden our students’ global perspectives and prepare them for global leadership in ways that are meaningful and integrated with the curriculum and research priorities.” The Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Strategic Plan 2013–2017 specifies further that we will “develop a global perspective” and “engage internationally with others to inform our work and extend the best of our resources and expertise to address critical human development, learning and education issues worldwide.” View the plan at www.sesp.northwestern.edu/plan.

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    Rapid technological advances are revolutionizing how science, mathematics and complex theories are taught around the world, according to Uri Wilensky, professor of learning sciences and computer science in the School of Education and Social Policy, McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern’s Institute on Complex Systems.