2017 News Stories

2017 News Stories

  • November 2017 News Stories

    • The Secret Behind Teacher Diversity
      A move to increase minority college attendance and completion could be the key to greater minority representation in the teaching force, writes School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) Dean David Figlio in the Brookings.com series “Evidence Speaks.”
      11/21/17

    • CTD’s Eric Calvert Honored with Distinguished Service Award
      Eric Calvert, associate director for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC).
      11/20/17

    • 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.
      11/13/17

    • 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.
      11/13/17

    • 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.
      11/3/17

    • 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.
      11/2/17

    • 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.
      11/2/17

    • SESP in the Media: November 2017
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      11/22/17

  • October 2017 News Stories

    • 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).
      10/25/17

    • 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."
      10/23/17

    • 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.
      10/3/17

    • 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.
      10/19/17

    • 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.
      10/18/17

    • Record Number of Teaching Graduates Find Jobs
      Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Education (MSEd) and undergraduate teacher education programs achieved a 100 percent job placement rate for the 2016-17 school year, according to a School of Education and Social Policy report.
      10/17/17

    • Zhang: Treat All Stories with Empathy
      As a teacher-in-training, School of Education and Social Policy junior Michelle Zhang knows how important it is to appropriately respond to vulnerable students, both inside and outside the classroom.
      10/17/17

    • Kelly O'Donnell: Exemplifying Journalistic Excellence
      Kelly O’Donnell (BS87), an Emmy Award-winning political reporter, was one of four trailblazing alumni who received a 2017 Northwestern Alumni Medal for exemplifying the ideals of Northwestern through their life, work and service.
      10/10/17

    • Huynh Wins Alumnae Graduate Fellowship
      Stacey Huynh (BS17) was recently awarded a 2017-18 Alumnae of Northwestern University Graduate Fellowship to help support her work and graduate studies in higher education administration and policy.
      10/6/17

    • Rosenbaum Discusses New Book with Pacific Standard
      Northwestern University sociologist James Rosenbaum, who has studied the college-for-all-movement for decades, is a leading voice in the field in part to his careful analysis of what colleges can do to improve completion rates, and his assertion that pushing all students to get a four-year bachelor’s degree is a recipe for failure, Dwyer Gunn wrote in the Pacific Standard.
      10/2/17

    • SESP in the Media: October 2017
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      8/2/17

  • September 2017 News Stories

    • Ofer Malamud Joins IPR
      School of Education and Social Policy economist Ofer Malamud is one of four new fellows to join the Institute for Policy Research for 2017-18.
      9/28/17

    • Northwestern Academy: Finding New Paths
      The Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools increases college opportunities for underrepresented high school students, who learn to find their voices in a community of like-minded learners.
      9/22/17

    • 'Back to School Jam' Celebrates Learning
      Hundreds of youth and families will gather at Jones College Prep High School on Saturday, Sept. 23, for an event that encourages students to explore new interests and find pathways leading toward college and careers.
      9/20/17

    • FUSE Studios Expand to 23 New Schools
      More than two dozen new schools will join Northwestern University’s FUSE Studio program this fall, thanks in part to a recently announced partnership with CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the information technology industry.
      9/19/17

    • Dean Figlio: ‘This is going to be quite the year for you’
      With a nod to the smash hit musical Hamilton, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Dean David Figlio encouraged incoming freshmen and transfer students to take risks, step outside their comfort zone, and “take their shot” during Wildcat Welcome, a weeklong flurry of orientation activities.
      9/13/17

    • SESP Welcomes Two New Faculty Members
      Nichole Pinkard (PhD98) and Ofer Malamud have joined the SESP faculty. Pinkhard, associate professor of learning sciences, returns home to Northwestern after breaking new ground at DePaul University. Malamud was previously at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago,
      9/6/17

    • SESP in the Media: September 2017
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      8/2/17

  • August 2017 News Stories

    • McAdams: Trump’s ‘Primal Appeal’ Helps Explain Rise to Power
      Donald Trump prevailed in the 2016 election because of his uncanny ability to appeal to voters’ deep and primal instincts, Northwestern University Professor Dan P. McAdams wrote in an essay published in the journal Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture.
      8/28/17

    • September Birthday May Mean Edge in School
      Children who start school at an older age do better than their younger classmates, an advantage that extends through college, according to a new working paper co-authored by Northwestern University economist David Figlio, National Public Radio (NPR) reported.
      8/25/17

    • Rapp Discusses Role as Journal Editor
      As editor-in-chief of the journal Discourse Processes, Northwestern University psychologist and learning scientist David Rapp works to offer readers “critically reviewed, contemporary research that pushes the boundaries of our understandings,” according to a recent interview.
      8/23/17

    • SESP in the Media: August 2017
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      8/2/17

    • Hasseler: SESP Experience 'Transformed My Life'
      As president of Muskingum University, Susan Schneider Hasseler routinely draws on some of the life-changing experiences she had while pursuing her doctorate at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP).
      8/22/17

    • Figlio Assumes Role as SESP Dean
      David Figlio, the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), and director and faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, takes the helm today as dean of SESP at Northwestern University. He succeeds Penelope Peterson, who served Northwestern for 20 years in that leadership role.
      9/1/17

    • A Path Out of Poverty and Poor Health
      School of Education and Social Policy faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Terri Sabol are among several Northwestern University psychologists and developmental scientists working to help low-income families beat poverty and improve their health.
      8/25/17

    • SESP Attracts Record Number of Students
      Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) welcomed 451 undergraduates to campus for the 2017-18 school year, the most in school history.
      9/19/17

    • Why We Need Teacher Coaches
      Teacher leaders who have started coaching their peers are poised to transform the educational landscape, Northwestern University’s Tim Dohrer told the Huffington Post.
      8/24/17

    • Coughlin STEM Scholars Honored
      Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) recognized 15 exceptional middle-school students as Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars at a recent luncheon, welcoming the scholars, their families, and supporters of the program.
      8/31/17

    • Adam Receives $1 Million Spencer Award
      Northwestern University developmental psychologist Emma Adam received a $1 million, five-year Lyle Spencer Research Award to study the relationship between race-based stress and achievement gaps.
      9/5/17

    • Sabol Receives Early Career Fellowship
      Terri Sabol, whose research focuses on how schools and families lead to healthy child development, was selected as one of 22 inaugural early career fellows by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD).
      8/23/17

  • July 2017 News Stories

  • June 2017 News Stories

    • Guryan Helps Governments Tackle Policy Challenges
      An initiative designed to help state and local governments create and research the effectiveness of potential solutions to homelessness and other important policy challenges has expanded to three city and county governments
      7/5/17

    • Meet Alumna April Bowman: Entrepreneur, Minister
      April Bowman (MS12), the first in her family to graduate from college, landed her dream job when she was hired as the first director of Alumni Programs at Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in North Texas.
      6/30/17

    • Schanzenbach Testifies on Student Privacy in Education Research
      Researchers should help make parents and the public more aware of the security precautions already used to protect student privacy, Northwestern University professor Diane Schanzenbach told a House education committee, Sarah D. Sparks wrote in Education Week.
      6/30/17

    • How Do Premies Perform in School?
      Parents of prematurely born babies often fear their children may go on to struggle in school, but findings from a new large-scale study from the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine should reassure parents.
      6/27/17

    • Children Play Key Role in Making Early Education Successful
      The way children engage with their teachers, peers, and tasks is vital to the success of early-childhood education but greatly underestimated, according to new Northwestern University research.
      6/27/17

    • Dancing Queen: Dionne Champion
      Champion, a doctoral candidate in learning sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy, is exploring the use of movement as a communication tool and how that reshapes cognition. She was profiled in the recent Northwestern Magazine.
      6/22/17

    • Northwestern Academy Grads Heading to College
      Three years after they were chosen from non-selective enrollment high schools as Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools’ inaugural cohort, 48 CPS students are headed to 23 prestigious institutions, ranging from Northwestern University to Brown University and Colorado College.
      6/21/17

    • Billie Jean King Surprises Graduating Senior
      On the night before her graduation from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, Brooke Rischbieth received the best gift ever: A visit from Billie Jean King.
      6/20/17

    • Forging New Paths: Alexandra Sims
      Every year, Alexandra Sims (BS10) and her family travel to the Buckingham, Va., plantation where, several generations ago, her relatives toiled as slaves.
      6/14/17

    • SESP in the Media: June 2017
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      6/14/17

    • SESP Students Present to Illinois Governor’s Office
      As part of an innovative new class, School of Education and Social Policy undergraduates wrestled with some of Illinois’ most pressing early childhood education issues before formally presenting their recommendations to policy makers at the Illinois Governor’s office in Chicago.
      6/12/17

    • Kang, Luu Advocate for Equity and Social Justice
      What does Dr. Seuss, the popular children’s author, have to do with racism against and oppression of today’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) student population in higher education?
      6/8/17

    • All in the SESP Family
      Education is a family affair for the Meyerhoffs — with dad and daughter both enrolled in degree programs in School of Education and Social Policy.
      6/7/17

    • Senior Honors Students Showcase Research
      Eleven School of Education and Social Policy seniors in the honors program were recognized by the faculty and later presented posters of their research projects at Annenberg Hall.All are students of Dean Penelope Peterson and teaching assistant Sarah White, a Learning Sciences PhD student. Assistant Dean Susan Olson coordinated the event.
      6/5/17

    • 2017 SESP Convocation Speakers: 'We Need You'
      Posse Foundation President Deborah Bial told graduates at the School of Education and Social Policy’s undergraduate convocation ceremony Friday to “stand up” and use their stellar education to keep fighting for positive change during an especially troubling time in history.
      6/16/17

  • May 2017 News Stories

    • SESP Community Honors Dean Peterson
      The student affairs office, long considered the heart of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), will be renamed the Penelope Peterson Office of Student Affairs, Northwestern University Provost Dan Linzer announced during a May 31 celebration of Peterson’s tenure as dean.
      6/1/17

    • McQuillan, Viano Receive Prestigious Dissertation Fellowships
      Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) doctoral candidate Mollie McQuillan and alumna Samantha (Adler) Viano of Vanderbilt University have received highly competitive 2017 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Dissertation Fellowships.
      5/31/17

    • Shapiro To Graduate as First Learning Sciences Major
      Shoshi Shapiro will be the first undergraduate to earn a learning sciences degree when she graduates in June, a remarkable feat given that the major didn’t exist when she was a freshman.
      5/30/17

    • Baxter Symposium Puts Teachers in the Lab
      More than 100 middle and high school teachers will conduct experiments in real-world science labs Thursday during the 6th Annual Baxter Symposium Thursday at The Allen Center on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.
      5/24/17

    • Peterson Reflects on Two Decades as SESP Dean
      When School of Education and Social Policy Dean Penelope Peterson came to Northwestern in 1997, she said she knew she wanted to lead an “innovative school” that would reform the field of education.
      5/23/17

    • SESP in the Media: May 2017
      A monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community
      5/17/17

    • Plunk Takes a Northwestern Direction
      As a standout PhD student in Northwestern’s materials science program, Amelia Plunk always knew science liked her. But after two unfulfilling years working in labs, she was beginning to wonder how much she liked science.
      5/23/17

    • MPES Conference Explores Partnerships
      Researchers who truly want to change lives must understand the people involved in their lines of inquiry, including principals, teachers, students, and parents, Northwestern University Professor David Figlio said during the recent Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) Conference in Annenberg Hall.
      5/22/17

    • Teachx 2017 Features SESP Faculty, Staff
      School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) faculty and staff presented their innovative work on blended learning and informal online spaces during TEACHx 2017, Northwestern University’s premier showcase for experiments in teaching and learning.
      5/21/17

    • Sanchez to Work With Youth Who Stutter
      After his freshman year at Northwestern, Sanchez spent nine months backpacking alone around the U.S.
      5/18/17

    • Cilento Heads to Laos as Luce Scholar
      Shortly after graduating in June, Christina Cilento will travel to Vientiane, Laos, for 13 months to study the impact of climate change on South Asia as a 2017-18 Luce Scholar.
      5/15/17

    • Four Seniors to Join Teach For America
      School of Education and Social Policy seniors Juliana Bond, Stephanie Fox, Caroline Gold, and Kaitlin Shedd are among sixteen members of Northwestern University’s class of 2017 who will join Teach for America after graduation, bringing high-quality education to students most in need around the country.
      5/12/17

    • SESP Seniors Win Fulbright Teaching Fellowships
      School of Education and Social Policy seniors Arielle Ticho and Tamar Eisen have received prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.
      5/11/17

    • Penelope Peterson: A Life Devoted to Learning
      The third floor of Northwestern University’s Annenberg Hall was still an unfinished shell in 1997 when Penelope Peterson was being recruited to be dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP).
      6/9/17

    • Educating Two Generations to Tackle Poverty
      Pairing early childhood education for low-income children with career training for their parents in a single program has the potential to break the cycle of poverty, according to Northwestern University researchers.
      5/10/17

    • Rocca Receives Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
      Northwestern University graduate student Mason Rocca, a former professional basketball player in Italy, has received a five-year teaching fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF).
      5/9/17

    • Carstensen to Speak on Lifespan Development
      Stanford University’s Laura Carstensen, whose research suggests that older people are happier, better at regulating their emotions, and have a more positive outlook on the world, will deliver the Bernice Neugarten Lecture on May 22 at Northwestern University.
      5/9/17

    • Northwestern Community Event to Honor Dean Penelope Peterson
      The School of Education and Social Policy and the Northwestern University community will celebrate Dean Penelope L. Peterson’s 20 years of leadership from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, on the Mid-Campus Green (lawn east of Annenberg Hall).
      5/5/17

    • SESP Changes Degree Requirements
      The School of Education and Social Policy is lowering the number of credits required to earn a degree from 45 to 42, in part to give students more flexibility to complete their degrees.
      5/3/17

  • April 2017 News Stories

    • SESP in the News: April 2017
      A monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by the School of Education and Social Policy community.
      4/28/17

    • Forbes Recommends Rosenbaum’s Book
      James Rosenbaum’s book Beyond College For All has been cited by Forbes as one of "Ten Books to Get You Through the College Admissions Cycle."
      4/28/17

    • High School Students Tour Campus on Kits and Cats Day
      More than 100 Evanston Township High School (ETHS) sophomores and juniors recently explored Northwestern University as part of Kits and Cats Day, a biannual initiative designed to expose high school students to a college campus and help them imagine their own academic and social lives.
      4/27/17

    • Sunlight, Later School Start Times Benefit Students
      Students who received more sunlight before school did better academically – especially in math – than those who were exposed to less sunlight, according to new Northwestern University research.
      4/27/17

    • SESP Students Honor High School Teachers
      Five inspiring high school teachers -- including three who were nominated by School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) graduating seniors -- have received Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Awards (DSTA).
      4/25/17

    • SESP Alumnus Named Professor of the Year
      Northwestern University alumnus Barry Fishman (PhD96), one of the first graduates of the pioneering learning sciences doctoral program, was recently named the Michigan Association of State Universities 2017 Professor of the Year, which recognizes outstanding faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities.
      4/24/17

    • Pigott, Bial to Address SESP Graduates at Convocation
      Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, and Jane Pigott, founder and managing director of R3 Group LLC, will deliver keynote speeches for the 2017 School of Education and Social Policy undergraduate and graduate convocation ceremonies, respectively.
      5/1/17

    • SESP Senior Selected in First Round of WNBA Draft
      Senior Nia Coffey was selected in the first round of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft by the San Antonio Stars, the highest selection of any Northwestern basketball player, male or female, in school history
      4/19/17

    • Schanzenbach: Redshirting Generally 'Not Worth It'
      Redshirting, or delaying a child’s entry into kindergarten, may do more harm than good, Northwestern University’s Diane Schanzenbach wrote in the summer issue of Education Next.
      4/17/17

    • Women’s Conference Highlights ‘Intersectional Feminism’
      An borrowed from Dove’s viral “Choose Beautiful” campaign, kicked off Northwestern’s first Women’s Empowerment Conference, where ETHS students, staff and Northwestern volunteers discussed everything from dress coding and microaggressions to stereotypes and “intersectional feminism,” which describes how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive.
      4/13/17

    • Kits and Cats Day Features Campus Tours
      Evanston Township High School (ETHS) sophomores and juniors will get a sneak peek into the day in the life of a Northwestern University student during Kits and Cats Day on April 20 on the Evanston campus.
      4/19/17

    • How Teachers Lose Connections
      When teachers move to a new grade or lose a leadership position, the change can sever important work relationships, suggests new research from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
      4/13/17

    • Northwestern MSLOC Students Help Motorola Find Solutions
      When Motorola Solutions, Inc. wanted to reinvent the way it trained leaders, the company turned to students in Northwestern University’s Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program for a fresh perspective.
      4/12/17

    • Northwestern Hosts Leadership Conference for ETHS Women
      Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy is hosting the Women’s Empowerment Conference for Evanston Township High School (ETHS) students to discuss women’s leadership and gender equity.
      4/11/17

    • McAdams Featured in National Podcast '1A'
      Presidents should be judged on their character and competence rather than their mental health, Northwestern University psychologist Dan McAdams said on “1A,” a live, daily WAMU radio program distributed nationally by National Public Radio.
      4/7/17

    • Northwestern Hosts Free Screening of ‘Beyond Measure’
      A free public screening of Beyond Measure, a documentary that looks at schools on the cutting edge of education reform, will be held April 19 at Northwestern University.
      3/24/17

    • Figlio: A Leading Voice on Vouchers
      Journalists looking for rigorous studies on vouchers are turning to the work of Northwestern University economist David Figlio, a national expert on school vouchers and their effects.
      4/6/17

    • Four SESP Students Receive Undergraduate Research Grants
      Four budding researchers in the School of Education and Social Policy were awarded summer Undergraduate Research Grants from the Northwestern University Office of the Provost to study everything from marital conflict to paranormal folklore podcasts.
      5/1/17

  • March 2017 News Stories

    • 12 Economic Truths About Climate Change
      Over the next 70 years, every state in the U.S. is projected to experience increasing temperatures, according to a new report on the economic facts of climate change, co-authored by Northwestern University’s Diane Schanzenbach, director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.
      4/3/17

    • Teachers: Register Now for Annual Baxter Symposium
      Registration for Northwestern University’s 6th Annual Baxter Symposium and summer workshops opens Friday, March 31.
      3/30/17

    • Northwestern Academy Named Finalist for Building Award
      The newly renovated, high-tech home for Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools is a finalist for the 2017 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award.
      3/29/17

    • Prenatal Exposure to Superfund Sites May Affect Brain Development
      Children who live near hazardous waste sites can benefit from environmental cleanups, suggests one of the first large-scale studies to examine the short and long-term effects of prenatal exposure to Superfund sites on brain development.
      3/28/17

    • Two SESP Postdocs Honored for Outstanding Dissertations
      Northwestern University postdoctoral fellows Kelly McMahon and Daniella Hall have received 2017 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year awards from the American Educational Research Association.
      3/24/17

    • Schoenfeld Op-Ed: Prosecutors Escape Blame in Criminal Sentencing
      As a sociologist of law who has spent the last decade studying criminal justice policy and incarceration growth in Florida, Northwestern University’s Heather Schoenfeld applauds legislators who support increasing public access to criminal justice data.
      3/24/17

    • MSLOC Project Earns Provost's Fellowship
      An innovative faculty project in the Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program has received a 2017-18 Digital Learning Fellowship from the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. The Funding promotes innovation in learning and teaching via educational technology.
      3/24/17

    • Pacific Standard Cites Figlio’s Voucher Research
      Private school vouchers have shown some modest positive effects, but the difference is not “Earth-shattering,” Northwestern University professor David Figlio said in the recent Pacific Standard article, “What Can Florida Teach Us About School Choice?”
      3/21/17

    • Spillane Finds Teachers Benefit From Proximity
      Teachers have long been portrayed as independent contractors, working alone and behind closed doors. But new Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy research suggests teachers may benefit from the chance encounters that stem from working near one another inside the school building.
      3/20/17

    • Students Showcase Innovative Tech Learning Projects
      Inspired by her love for Pokémon Go, Northwestern University graduate student Amalia Donovan designed and created an educational tool to help middle school gamers level up through the use of statistics.
      3/20/17

    • Schanzenbach Coauthors Op-Ed, New Report On Data
      The modern economy has never been more reliant on data. But discretionary budget cuts could dramatically affect federal data collection, costing the economy more money than it saves, according to Northwestern University Professor Diane Schanzenbach, director of the Hamilton Project and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
      3/15/17

    • Expanding the Evanston-Northwestern Education Partnership
      Evanston’s educational research-practice partnership will expand thanks to $1 million in combined support from the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.
      3/10/17

    • McQuillan Receives Presidential Fellowship
      School of Education and Social Policy doctoral candidate Mollie McQuillan has received a 2017 Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious award available to Northwestern University graduate students.
      3/9/17

    • Worsley Explores the Origin of Ideas
      Inside MakerSpaces and FabLabs, students often try to solve open-ended engineering design challenges using a range of both new and familiar materials. Where do their ideas come from?
      3/8/17

    • Vossoughi Receives Grant to Study Equity and Tinkering
      Northwestern University Professor Shirin Vossoughi received a $218,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue her groundbreaking work looking at culture, equity and learning in after-school tinkering programs.
      3/6/17

    • Alumna Abby Steketee: Combining Tenacity With Compassion
      Abby Meadema Steketee (BS03) never expected Northwestern University to lead her to the Olympic trials in swimming.
      3/6/17

    • Coburn, Spillane’s Published Research Among 'Most Read'
      Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Professors Cynthia Coburn and James Spillane, one of the world’s most prominent education leadership scholars, co-authored two of the most popular journal articles published by the American Educational Research Association in 2016.
      3/6/17

  • February 2017 News Stories

    • Why America Needs Teacher-Designers
      To improve education, Americans should focus on continuously improving teaching by adopting the same techniques used in Japan, Northwestern University Professor Matt Easterday argued in a recent essay in The Hill.
      2/24/17

    • Workshop Trains Educators in Forensic Science
      Teachers from 19 Chicago-area middle and high schools dabbled in forensics-related crime lab activities during a recent professional development workshop hosted by Northwestern University’s Office of Stem Education Partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Science.
      2/21/17

    • Schanzenbach Testifies on Benefits of Food Stamps
      Strengthening the federal food assistance program is a smart public investment that will improve both public health and economic growth, Northwestern Professor Diane Schanzenbach testified Thursday before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.
      2/16/17

    • Guryan's Work Helps Spark Social Policy Revolution
      Northwestern University economist Jonathan Guryan is on the front lines of a social policy revolution in Chicago, according to the latest issue of Chicago Magazine.
      2/16/17

    • Senior to Present Research at Big Ideas Forum
      Subin Hwang will present her research examining the public health response to the refuge crisis in Germany during the next Big Ideas forum on Feb. 8.
      2/6/17

    • Logan Welcomes Colleagues to Class
      Assistant Research Professor Regina Logan will open her Annenberg Hall classroom to fellow educators on Monday, Feb. 13 as part of a University-wide program aimed at promoting best practices and innovation in teaching through a wide-ranging exchange of ideas.
      2/9/17

    • Figlio, Schapiro Elected to the National Academy of Education
      Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Professor David Figlio and Northwestern University President and Professor Morton Schapiro have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Education.
      2/28/17

    • Three Faculty Members Receive Diversity Grants
      School of Education and Social Policy professors Regina Lopata Logan, Marcelo Worsley and Elizabeth Gerber have received Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity grants from the Northwestern University Office of the Provost.
      2/9/17

    • Cilento Wins Prestigious Luce Scholarship
      Associated Student Government President Christina Cilento will spend the year after she graduates learning about impacts of climate change in Asia as a Luce Scholar.
      2/20/17

    • New Improv Class Targets Dual Language Learners
      Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development will launch a two-way immersion (TWI) improvisation course for academically talented students in June of 2017.
      2/23/17

  • January 2017 News Stories

    • Figlio Named Dean of School of Education and Social Policy
      David N. Figlio, the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, and Director and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, has been appointed dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) at Northwestern University, effective Sept. 1.
      2/3/17

    • Guryan Addresses Gun Violence in Sun-Times Essay
      Getting young people to slow down – to think before they act – can be a weapon in an anti-violence program, the School of Education and Social Policy’s Jonathan Guryan argued in the Chicago Sun-Times.
      2/13/17

    • How to Cope With a State Budget Crisis
      Higher Education expert Heather Haberaecker to host webinar that offers tools for handling a state crisis on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
      1/25/17

    • Learning Scientists Partner with Bennett Day School
      What happens when inventive children work side-by-side with university students on a design problem?
      1/24/17

    • Mayor Emanuel, President Schapiro Highlight Academy Space Grand Opening
      Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro Sunday attended the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art center to house the Northwestern Academy--a program to support Chicago Public School students in preparing for success at competitive colleges and universities. They were joined by students enrolled in the Northwestern Academy and their parents. The Academy will graduate its inaugural cohort of seniors this spring.
      1/22/17

    • Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?
      Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Professor David Figlio have published research asking the question that has challenged elite universities and liberal arts colleges alike in recent times: “Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?”
      1/26/17

    • Less Teaching, More Coaching
      To capitalize on teachable moments, ditch the syllabus and start coaching, Northwestern University’s Matt Easterday wrote in The Hechinger Report.
      1/19/17

    • Figlio to Present School Voucher Data
      Northwestern University Professor David Figlio will present his recent research on school voucher programs in Ohio and Florida on Feb. 2 during a forum at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C.
      2/2/17

    • Why Rural Schools Have Become 'Engines of Exodus'
      To address the phenomenon of “rural brain drain,” schools must work with their local communities, rather than considering themselves separate from the cycle of economic decline, researchers wrote in a commentary in Education Week.
      1/18/17

    • The Impact of a Strict Criminal Justice Administration
      In the wake of a potentially new “law and order” administration, criminal justice reform advocates must “create strong counter-narratives and messaging that stress ineffectiveness of current policies, the human right to dignity, and parsimony,” Northwestern University sociologist Heather Schoenfeld recently wrote in The Hill.
      1/12/17

    • Faculty Recognized in Edu-Scholar Rankings
      For the fifth consecutive year, researchers from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy have been named to Education Week’s “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 of the most influential academics in education policy.
      1/11/17

    • Gifted Students Benefit From Ability Grouping, Acceleration
      Schools should use both ability grouping and acceleration to help academically talented students, reports a new Northwestern University study that examined a century of research looking at the controversial subject.
      1/9/17

    • Professor Dan McAdams to Speak at SESP Graduate Event
      Northwestern University Professor Dan P. McAdams, Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, will present a talk titled “Authoring a Life: Narrative, Identity, Redemption, and Donald Trump,” for the inaugural SESP graduate programs gathering from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 in room GO2 at Annenberg Hall. Food from Pita Inn will be served.
      1/3/17

    • SESP Alumnus Named to Chicago Board of Education
      Northwestern University alumnus Arnaldo “Arnie” Rivera, a former first-grade teacher and education administrator, was recently appointed to the Chicago Board of Education by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
      1/3/17

    • Coburn Receives Grant to Study Educational Gap
      Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn has received one-year, $70,000 grant to study how schools are creating stronger and more seamless connections between preschool and elementary school.
      1/2/17