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Education Week Highlights Northwestern's Professional Development for Top Principals
Education Week reports on Northwestern's new professional development program to bolster top Chicago principals. The School of Education and Social Policy and Kellogg School of Management offer classes and mentoring to principal fellows.
Emma Adam's Op-Ed: 'Why Black Americans Can't Sleep at Night'
Professor Emma Adam finds that among young adults perceived racial discrimination is linked to changes in stress hormone levels and to shorter sleep. Both can affect health. "These health consequences are potentially harmful realities for many black people who face discrimination on a daily basis," says Adam.
Bulletin Quotes David Figlio: 'People More Supportive of Public Services for Recipients of Same Race'
The Bulletin reports that research has shown that in general, people are more willing to support public services when the recipients are of the same race, according to professor David Figlio. Support for public services is lower when there is a greater diversity in the racial composition of the community, Figlio says.
Education Week Features Jim Rosenbaum's Research on Community College Success
Education Week reports professor James Rosenbaum's recent research on community colleges. It shows access is no longer a major problem, but helping students complete is the challenge. Many students are dropping out before getting any credential.
Junior Arianna Farmer Named to Clinton Global Initiative
Junior Arianna Farmer was selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Her proposal on HIV education in Chile earned her a spot at the global conference launched by President Bill Clinton, which brings together students from more than 300 universities to develop solutions to critical global issues.
Washington Post on Kirabo Jackson's Study: 'When Schools Get More Money, Students Do Better'
Washington Post discusses professor Kirabo Jackson's new study showing that when schools have more money, they can give their students a better education. Students also earn more as adults, and the benefits are greatest for low-income students.
Jamaica Gleaner Relates Diane Schanzenbach's Class Size Research to Jamaica's Development
Stating that Jamaica is at a critical juncture and must equip all students with the skills to become productive, Jamaica Gleaner discusses SESP professor Diane Schanzenbach's research linking small classes to higher achievement.
Herald Times Highlights Emma Adam's Research on Sleep to Help Stressed Teens
Lack of sleep is associated with surges in stress hormones, which for teens may predict later mental health problems, according to research by professor Emma Adam. Herald Times reports Adam's research along with smartphone apps to foster healthy sleep for stressed teens.
Sarah Watson Wins Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest
SESP senior Sarah Carthen Watson won the oratorical contest on January 19, after a recitation by three finalists selected for their outstanding essays. This was the first time the event was held in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Education Week Quotes Brian Reiser on Climate Change Controversy in Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards’ climate-change language has fueled controversy in certain states. Education Week quotes professor Brian Reiser, who co-authored the National Research Council document that led to the standards, said “there really isn’t debate” among scientists about whether global warming is occurring.
Junior Jonathon McBride Wins Around-the-World Research Grant
Jonathan McBride, a junior majoring in social policy, received the 2015 Circumnavigators Travel-Study grant to examine the response of universities around the world to sexual assault.
International Business Times Features Kirabo Jackson's Study Showing School Spending Helps Poor Kids
International Business Times reports associate professor Kirabo Jackson's study that found school spending can make or break a low-income student's chances of finishing school and earning good wages later on.
David Figlio, Jim Spillane, Carol Lee Ranked among Most Influential Education Policy Scholars
Professors David Figlio, James Spillane and Carol Lee were named to the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings for 2015, developed by American Enterprise Institute director Frederick Hess. These rankings recognize the 200 university-based scholars who shape public discussions of education.
Dan McAdams in Financial Times: Reframing Losses as Opportunities with Redemption Narratives
In Financial Times, SESP professor Dan McAdams discusses how well-adapted adults reframe losses as opportunities by crafting “redemption narratives.”
Flashback: Diana Rauner, Illinois’s New First Lady, Addressed SESP Convocation
In 2012, Illinois's new firstlady Diana Rauner the keynote speaker at the Convocation for the School of Education and Social Policy. Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for young children and families in poverty.
Hearing Human Speech Promotes Babies' Learning in Many Ways
A new study by Northwestern professor Sandra Waxman reveals that listening to human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words.
'A Girl Named Jimmy': USA Today Reports David Figlio's Studies on Consequences of Kids' Names
USA Today reports SESP professor David Figlio's research finding that girls with masculine names were more likely to pursue advanced studies in science and math, and boys with names commonly given to girls were more likely to be suspended from school.
Does Summer Reading Build Skills?
SESP associate professor Jonathan Guryan found that reading books over the summer provided a needed boost for kids' reading skills when the reading was careful and deep.
SESP Offers New Certificate of Advanced Studies for Teachers
Northwestern’s top-ranked School of Education and Social Policy will offer a new Certificate of Advanced Study to provide teachers with those skills. Through a sequence of four courses, teachers will focus on advanced teaching topics such as instructional coaching, computational thinking and differentiation.
Why Do Schools Need New Science Standards?
Learning sciences professor Brian Reiser explains the new and improved approach to teaching science. Reiser is a contributing author of the framework used to develop the new standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards. He explains why they are so critical for children –- and for a functioning democracy.