March 2013 News Stories

March 2013 News Stories

  • Northwestern Magazine Quotes Lois Trautvetter on Value of 'Gap Year'
    A Northwestern magazine feature about students who spend a "gap year" working or volunteering before college quotes Lois Trautvetter, director of the Higher Education Administration and Policy program. She says colleges should be amenable to the gap year as a way for students to ready themselves for taking advantage of what a college has to offer.
    3/5/13

  • Daily Press Cites David Figlio's Study on Impact of School Voucher System
    A Daily Press editorial argues for alternative schools funded through private donations and tax credits to provide a competitive incentive for existing schools to improve. Professor David Figlio's study of Florida's tax credit program found that schools with greater threats of losing students to private schools improved their test scores more than schools with fewer threats.
    3/5/13

  • Chicago Tribune Highlights Center for Talent Development Weekend Experiences
    "The Center for Talent Development offers exceptional weekend courses for academically gifted children in cities across the country," Chicago Tribune reports. On March 16-17, gifted students will explore Earth Science (grades 5 and 6) or The World Wide Web (grades 7 and 8) with experts in the field at Northwestern.
    3/5/13

  • USA Today Cites Kirabo Jackson's Study of Cash Incentives for Students
    A report on Indiana's new program to give students and teachers cash incentives for passing AP scores cites assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's research. In a Texas study, Jackson found that students in the incentive program had better grades and were more likely to succeed in college.
    3/5/13

  • Singapore Educators Visit SESP to Learn about Interdisciplinary Innovation
    Six representatives from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore visited SESP on a “learning journey” to U.S. educational and corporate institutions that are innovative and interdisciplinary. Teddy Zmrhal (LS97), a director with IDEO international design and innovation consulting firm, arranged the visit as part of the Singapore school’s strategic planning.
    3/7/13

  • Huffington Post Cites David Figlio's Study about Impact of Voucher System on Public Schools
    A Huffington Post blog refutes the argument that public schools are negatively impacted by private school choice programs by citing professor David Figlio's research. Figlio found the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program in 2001 led to test score gains in the public schools most likely to lose students to private schools.
    3/12/13

  • Opening Life Opportunities with Two-Generation Education
    Two-generation programs have taken the spotlight recently as an innovative way to meet the educational needs of low-income parents and their children. These twin-focus programs simultaneously provide children with high-quality early education and parents with job training. The overall goal is to help families build greater stability in their economic circumstances and family life. Professor P. Lindsay Chase- Lansdale is leading the charge.
    10/1/13

  • Indianapolis Star Cites Kirabo Jackson's Study of Cash Incentives for AP Exams
    In a story about Indianapolis students receiving cash incentives for passing AP tests, the Indianapolis Star cites assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's study that found students in a cash incentive program had better grades and were more likely to succeed in college.
    3/12/13

  • Liz Gerber's Forbes Blog Stresses Four Habits of Social Innovators
    According to assistant professor Liz Gerber, the founder of Design for America, social innovators practice these four habits daily: read, reflect, reframe, reach out. "If we truly want to change the world in which we live, we must change our daily habits," she says in a Forbes blog.
    3/12/13

  • Mayor Checks Out Fuse After-School Program at Humboldt Library
    Touring the Humboldt Park Library last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a firsthand introduction to the Fuse out-of-school program designed to pique teenagers’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts/design and math. The program was developed by SESP professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens.
    3/12/13

  • Brian Reiser Co-Heads Innovative Project for Next-Generation Science Teaching Models
    Professor Brian Reiser, a leader in the effort to improve science teaching in schools, is helping to develop an innovative research-based teacher learning resource for K-12 science education called the Next Generation Science Exemplar.
    3/13/13

  • Diane Schanzenbach's Christian Science Monitor Op-Ed Pans Sugary Drink Bans for Food Stamp Users
    In a Christian Science Monitor commentary, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach says that the same flaws that caused a New York judge to overturn Mayor Bloomberg's ban on big sugary drinks are inherent in proposals to ban the purchase of sugary drinks using food stamps. Such bans are unlikely to help fight obesity and can do substantial damage to the safety net.
    3/13/13

  • PhD Student Eric Brown and Penny Bender Sebring (PhD85) Present 'Connected Learning' Model for Evanston
    Evanston Roundtable reports on a presentation by PhD student Eric Brown and Penny Bender Sebring (PhD85), who studied the YouSTEM program of "connected learning" at the Chicago Public Library. This drop-in program serving 350 to 500 high school students each week offers a model of "connected learning" incorporating students’ interests, peer culture and academic content, as does the SESP drop-in program, Fuse.
    3/19/13

  • Education Week Quotes Brian Reiser about Survey Suggesting Hurdles for Math, Science Teachers
    Education Week reports a new survey of teachers that shows a mismatch between classroom practices and new standards in mathematics and science. Professor Brian Reiser comments on how "dramatically different" explaining science ideas to the whole class is from requiring students to supply evidence in support of their claims, as the new science standards will emphasize.
    3/19/13

  • Fuse Joins City of Chicago’s Summer of Learning Initiative
    The Fuse drop-in program that draws young people into science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with “cool” hands-on activities is part of the City’s new Summer of Learning initiative. The largest summer learning effort in the nation, Summer of Learning is intended to infuse learning into summer programs that young people across the city attend when school is out.
    3/19/13

  • SESP Sophomores Win Dance Marathon Fundraising Awards
    Three SESP students took home top fundraising awards for this year’s Northwestern University Dance Marathon, which raised a record-breaking $1.2 million for two charities. Dance Marathon awarded individual fundraising trophies to sophomores Emily Glaser, Laynie Held and Zari Barzilai.
    3/19/13

  • Scott Galson (MS06) a Finalist for Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
    Scott Galson (MS06), a graduate of both the Master of Science in Education program and the NU-TEACH alternative certification program, is one of 32 finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches algebra and statistics at Walter Payton College Prep High School.
    3/19/13

  • Senior Melissa Brown Wins Campus Life Award
    The Division of Student Affairs honored senior Melissa Brown, the president of National Pan-Hellenic Council, with a Campus Life Award for winter quarter 2013. The award recognizes students who have significantly contributed to quality of student life.
    3/21/13

  • Sandra Waxman's Research Sheds Light on Early Language Development
    A recent study by Sandra Waxman is bringing researchers closer to discovering the impact of different languages on language and cognitive development in infants.
    3/28/13

  • Metropolis: Elizabeth Gerber Says Top 10 Lists Opposite of Innovation
    The issue of Metropolis magazine on innovation features an article by learning sciences professor Elizabeth Gerber on why top to ignore top 10 lists. For many reasons, they are the opposite of innovation, she says.
    3/28/13

  • Evanston Now Features SESP Philanthropy Class
    The SESP class Learning Philanthropy and Engaging in the Study and Practice of Giving will engage students in the history and practice of giving and allow them to donate $100,000 to charitable organizations.
    3/28/13

  • Douglas Medin Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
    Northwestern University psychologist Douglas Medin will be honored with the William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research from the Association for Psychological Science. The award is the psychology association’s most prestigious honor.
    3/28/13

  • David Figlio Leads National Network for Harnessing Large Data Sets
    SESP professor David Figlio, director of the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research, is leading a project to launch a major national network of scholars, policymakers and administrators to build and use large data sets for education research. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation.
    3/28/13

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Recognized by American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, is being featured on the AAAS website as part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the organization’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. Chase-Lansdale was a fellow in 1981. Her profile is featured at http://www.aaaspolicyfellowships.org/40-directory-0.
    3/28/13

  • Miriam Sherin’s New Book on Teacher Noticing Wins Award
    The American Education Research Association selected Mathematics Teacher Noticing, edited by SESP professor Miriam Sherin, Victoria Jacobs and Randolph Philipp, for the Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award.
    3/29/13

  • Jim Spillane Visits China and Malaysia to Discuss Leadership for School Improvement
    Professor James Spillane visited China and Malaysia in March to deliver talks and confer with professors, policymakers and scholars about school improvement. He is a visiting professor at the University of Malaya as part of the university’s Academic Icon program.
    3/29/13

  • Do Single-Sex Schools Improve Learning?
    Since little solid evidence exists on how single-sex schooling affects achievement, assistant professor Kirabo Jackson set out to study the question. He used unique data from Trinidad and Tobago, , where in contrast to the United States almost all single-sex schools are public.
    10/16/13