2018 News Stories

2018 News Stories

  • May 2018 News Stories

    • TGS Helps McQuillan 'Hype' Her Research
      Mollie McQuillan’s new undergraduate course on gender identity and minority stress in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) was featured as part of The Graduate School’s (TGS) inaugural “Hype Your Research” program.

    • SESP Hires Five New Faculty Members
      Five leading scholars will join the faculty of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) beginning in September 2018, Dean David Figlio announced.

    • Vakil, Krist Receive NAEd/Spencer Fellowships
      Sepehr Vakil of the University of Texas at Austin and alumna Christina Krist (PhD16) have received prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral fellowships to further their work in education research.

    • Undergrads Win 2018 Summer Research Grants
      Five up-and-coming School of Education and Social Policy researchers have received 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Grants from Northwestern University's  Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to study everything from pediatric palliative care to the rape culture in the Greek system.

    • Alumnus Named Knowles Fellow
      Rohan Prakash (BS17), a high school math teacher in Cupertino, Calif., has received a five-year fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

    • Carol Lee: ‘A Core Pillar of Our Family’
      Through poetry, humor, and heartfelt tributes, the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) community recently celebrated Northwestern University Professor Carol Lee’s fifty-year career and her wide-ranging efforts to transform the way educators view the role of culture in learning.

    • Microsoft’s Friedman On ‘Rebooting Windows’
      Curiosity, empathy, and diversity were key elements in the successful redesign of Windows 8, Microsoft’s Chuck Friedman (BS88) said during the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Leadership series lecture.

    • SESP in the Media: May 2018
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

  • April 2018 News Stories

    • Budding Researchers Win AYURG Grants
      Eight School of Education and Social Policy students received 2017-18  Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (AYURG) to study everything from sound bathing, a mind-body practice that utilizes gongs and meditation, to the development of depression among urban preschoolers.

    • Fair Features Free Summer Learning Programs
      Hundreds of youth and families from across the city recently attended Chicago City of Learning’s (CCOL) Spring Into Summer Fair at Jones College Prep, where they had the chance to explore, try out, and sign up for a diverse set of summer programs offered citywide.

    • SESP in the Media: April 2018
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

    • SESP Alumna To Join the Pratt Institute
      Assistant provost for diversity and inclusion Nsombi Ricketts (BS99) will be leaving Northwestern University in July to join the Pratt Institute as their vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, the Daily Northwestern reported.

    • Uttal Wins Funding for Touchscreen Research
      David Uttal’s research examining whether children can learn from touchscreen apps on tablets and smartphones has received initial funding from Northwestern University’s Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci).

    • Improving Policy for Gifted Students
      Acceleration is a vastly underutilized strategy that can benefit gifted students, who are often left sitting through material they already know.

    • SESP Welcomes 2018 Convocation Speakers
      Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Subra Suresh, president of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, will deliver keynote speeches during the 2018 School of Education and Social Policy Convocation ceremonies.

    • Moses Lee Lands Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic
      SESP sophomore Moses Lee will sharpen his Arabic and learn the Moroccan dialect Darija in Tangier, Morocco this summer through a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), an intense overseas language and cultural immersion program.

    • Simone Ispa-Landa Named William T. Grant Scholar
      Northwestern University’s Simone Ispa-Landa, an education sociologist, has been named a 2018 William T. Grant Scholar for her work examining racial inequities in school discipline practices.  

    • Muñiz Receives Soros Fellowship for Children of Immigrants
      SESP doctoral student Julissa Muñiz was one of two Northwestern University students awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.  

    • Hope in Those Places of Struggle
      Natalie Davis’ research examining how school environments inform visions of hope and action for children despite deeply entrenched inequities will be honored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) during its annual conference in New York City.

    • SESP Heads to AERA 2018
      More than three dozen Northwestern University faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students from the School of Education and Social Policy are scheduled to participate in the 2018 annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in New York City.

    • Program Prepares Area Students for College
      Gifts to the Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools provide students the tools they need to excel beyond high school.

    • Spillane Addresses Principals in Hong Kong and Hangzhou
      James Spillane, an expert on school leadership and educational policy at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, conducted a workshop on educational infrastructure design and delivered two keynote speeches for hundreds of principals and administrators during a recent spring trip to Hong Kong and Hangzhou.

  • March 2018 News Stories

    • Seelig’s Rural Schools Research Wins Two AERA Awards
      Jennifer Seelig’s research examining the intricate relationship between schools and their communities in rural Wisconsin will be honored by two American Educational Research Association divisions during its annual conference in New York City.

    • Apple's Tim Cook: 'Education is Lifelong’
      Apple is working with Northwestern University and Chicago Public Schools to help teachers learn how to code and integrate coding into the classroom, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during ‘Revolution,’ a televised Recode and MSNBC event.

    • Faulkner Honored with Golden Apple Award
      Alumna Gwen Faulkner (MS11), a second-grade teacher at McKenzie Elementary School in Wilmette, was surprised with a 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching while reading The Velveteen Rabbit to a rapt group of youngsters and their stuffed animals.

    • U.S. Children Now Draw Female Scientists More Than Ever
      When drawing scientists, U.S. children now depict female scientists more often than ever, according to new Northwestern University research, which analyzed five decades of “Draw-A-Scientist” studies conducted since the 1960s.

    • NU-ETHS Partnerships Benefit Both Sides
      More than 100 collaborations have been formed between Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School in the six years since a formal partnership was established, according to a report presented at the District 202 School Board meeting, Kelley Elwood wrote in the Evanston RoundTable.

    • Israeli Economist to Discuss Challenges in Higher Ed
      Manuel Trajtenberg, one of Israel’s leading economists and a Northwestern University Visiting Scholar, will discuss academia’s role in promoting innovation and related issues during a joint event between the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.

    • Ispa-Landa Recognized For Gender Equity Work
      School of Education and Social Policy sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa was honored for her commitment to gender equity and inclusion in social science research by the Northwestern University Women’s Center during its 30th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration.

    • Do Disaster-Fleeing Refugees Burden U.S. Schools?
      The influx of Haitian refugees in Florida following a devastating 2010 earthquake didn’t hurt the academic performance of incumbent students, School of Education and Social Policy Dean David Figlio wrote in Brookings.

    • Northwestern Teams Up with Apple, Chicago Public Schools on Teacher Learning
      Northwestern University, Apple, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have joined forces to provide professional learning opportunities in coding to Chicago teachers.

    • How to Help School Leaders Make Better Decisions
      School district leaders want to use the best information available to make good decisions, but they are often dealing with complex issues and conflicting priorities in unstable settings, School of Education and Social Policy researcher Cynthia Coburn said during her keynote speech at the annual conference of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education.  

    • Alumna to Clerk for Chief Justice of the United States
      Julie Karaba Siegal (BS10, JD14) will begin clerking for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on the United States Supreme Court in July of 2018, fulfilling a longtime dream that first took root in Cindy Conlon’s Annenberg Hall classroom.

    • Haase Wins Young Investigator Grant
      Northwestern University’s Claudia Haase received a 2017 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to study how emotional interactions between high-risk youth and their loved ones predict caregiver health.

    • Teaming Up to Combat Isolation
      Kourtney Cockrell (MS17) and SESP Professor Mesmin Destin have become allies on a mission to uplift and empower all students. 

    • SESP in the Media: March 2018
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

  • February 2018 News Stories

    • SESP Alumna Named Finalist for Golden Apple Award
      Gwen Faulkner (MS11), a second-grade teacher at McKenzie Elementary School in Wilmette, is one of 30 finalists for the 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching award.

    • MSLOC Alumna Cited as Top Mentor
      School of Education and Social Policy alumna Renetta McCann (MS12), the chief talent officer at Leo Burnett, is “a C-level executive and a legend in advertising, and will mentor anyone who musters up the courage to ask,” Lisa Bertagnoli wrote in a Crain’s special report, “Which Chicagoans are best at mentoring women?”

    • Rapp Co-Edits Handbook for Discourse Scholars, Students
      A newly updated academic handbook helps researchers explore new ways to think about and study reading, listening, talking, and writing during a time of rapid change in modes of communication.

    • How to Help Anxious Students Cope With Stress
      Talking with students about their goals for a successful future can help manage challenges and stress, according to a Northwestern University-led study published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.

    • Uttal Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
      Northwestern University professor David Uttal and his collaborators have received a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant to implement and study new ways to teach vocational education to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students.

    • Vossoughi, Pinkard Win Diversity Grants
      School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) learning scientists Shirin Vossoughi and Nichole Pinkard have received 2017-18 Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity from the Northwestern University Office of the Provost

    • SESP in the Media: February 2018
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

    • Fuse Grant Recipient Launches Program in Peoria
      Failure is an opportunity in Greg Gilson’s first-hour class, the FUSE studio at Manual Academy, said Pam Adams in the Peoria Journal Star. “There are no assignments, no classroom lectures, no traditional grades.”

    • Six Things We Learned From Alumnus Chris Powell
      Chris Powell (BS90) has spent much of his career figuring out the best ways to balance the needs of people with those of an organization.

    • Reiser Receives $2.5 Million McDonnell Foundation Grant
      Brian Reiser, professor of learning sciences, has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study how to best support science teachers as they integrate new practices into the classroom.

    • FUSE Challenges Evanston Sixth Graders
      Sixth graders in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are participating in Northwestern University’s FUSE program, a buffet of nearly 30 hands-on, computer-based challenges in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

  • January 2018 News Stories

    • Governor’s Chief Economist Delivers Loeschner Lecture
      Data can help tackle a host of intractable problems, ranging from healthcare and crime to unemployment, economist Mischa Fischer said during the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Leadership series lecture at Northwestern University.

    • Whitehouse Wins Around-the-World Research Grant
      Music started Northwestern University junior Hannah Whitehouse on a path that will take her across the globe to England, Kenya, India, the Philippines and New Zealand on a research mission this summer.

    • SESP Undergraduates Win Research Grants
      Ten School of Education and Social Policy students received grants from the Northwestern University Office of Undergraduate Research to launch or expand their own research projects, partner with faculty, or help pay for conference travel expenses.

    • Teatro Collective Blends 'Reflection, Art and Leadership'
      The Teatro Collective, a group of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social (SESP) policy graduate students, recently performed for -- and with -- Chicago–area educators who work with teens at the Chicago Public Library's Teen Services Conference.

    • Two SESP Faculty Projects Earn Provost's Digital Learning Fellowship
      Two innovative online projects by School of Education and Social Policy faculty members will receive funding for the 2017-18 school year through the Provost’s Digital Learning Fellowship program at Northwestern University.

    • Figlio, Spillane, Jackson, Lee Among Most Influential Scholars
      Four Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) faculty members are listed in Education Week’s 2018 “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 of the most influential academics in education policy.

    • Bearing the Cross: Pioneering Broadcaster Pens Memoir
      In his new memoir, Bearing the Cross, My Inspiring Journey from Poverty to the NFL and Sport Television,” Irv Cross (BS61) details his remarkable rise from hardscrabble beginnings in Hammond, Indiana to Northwestern University, the National Football League, and a pioneering career in sports broadcasting, where he became the first African American to work as a full-time sports analyst on television.

    • SESP, Science in Society Train Teachers
      SESP's Brian Reiser and Science in Society's Jennifer Lewin are working with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 teachers bring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K–12 Education into their classrooms.

    • The Schoolhouse Network: Location Matters
      When a teacher has a problem, she might go to a mentor or an instructional coach—but often, she goes to whoever is closest at hand, Sarah D. Sparks wrote in Education Week.

    • Redshirting Essay Most-Read of the Year
      Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach’s article “Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten? Redshirting may do more harm than good,” was the most popular story of 2017 in Education Next, a journal of opinion and research.

    • In Memoriam: Cynthia (CC) DuBois, 1985-2018
      Cynthia (CC) DuBois (PhD ’17), an emerging, award-winning scholar in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), died as a result of brain cancer on Jan. 2 in Chicago. She was 32.

    • Sexting Research Featured in New York Times, CBS News
      Schools and parents commonly tell teenagers not to send sexualized selfies. “But why don’t we tell adolescents to stop asking for nude photos from one another?” psychologist Lisa Damour asked in the New York Times.

    • SESP in the Media: January 2018
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.