SESP Holds International Education Conference with Sciences Po

SESP Holds International Education Conference with Sciences Po

Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy is hosting an international education conference, sponsored by its Office of Global Initiatives and featuring a collaboration with Sciences Po, the highly regarded Paris center for research and higher education. “Education and Society: Access, Opportunity and Equity” will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research on critical issues facing education around the globe.

The conference on April 13 and 14 at Northwestern brings together scholars of education from several countries. It kicks off with a keynote speech by Louis-André Vallet, a researcher at Sciences Po whose work focuses on social stratification in French society. His talk will focus on the democratization of education — and the paradoxes associated with it.

Scholars presenting research at the “working conference” are from Northwestern University as well as institutions in France, Finland, Canada and Belgium. Over two days, sessions on important education topics will feature research presentations that set the stage for discussions by participants.

Sessions focus on the following four topics:

  • Education Systems, Segregation, Student Learning and Performance
  • Race, Class, Gender and Immigrant Status in Schooling and Education
  • School Policy and Practice in a Changing Education Sector: The New Accountability at Work
  • Neighborhoods, Schools and Educational Opportunity

Northwestern faculty presenters include SESP professors Cynthia Coburn, Mesmin Destin, David Figlio, Simone Ispa-Landa, Kirabo Jackson, James Spillane and Uri Wilensky and sociology professor Mary Pattillo. Northwestern doctoral student presenters are Kelly Becker, Jordan Conwell, Debbie Kim, Jiffy Lansing, Samantha Meyer, Claudia Persico, Andrea Prado-Tuma, Christine Yang and Claudia Zapata along with staff member Caitlin Ahearn.

International presenters include Annabelle Allouch, Matthieu Ichou, Marco Oberti, Alice Oliver and Agnès van Zanten of Sciences Po; Christian Maroy of the University of Montreal; Geert Kelchtermans and Virginie Marz of the University of Leuven; and Sonja Kosunen of the University of Helsinki.

As director of the Office of Global Initiatives at SESP, professor James Spillane is leading the efforts of the School of Education and Social Policy to develop a more global perspective. Global initiatives are a priority for the School to extend its resources and address critical issues worldwide. 

The SESP Office of Global Initiatives was established in 2013 to facilitate global connections for faculty and students, encouraging international efforts in education and collaboration across countries. In addition, the office functions to communicate international news and research as well as to promote cross-cultural projects.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16