Diane Schanzenbach Tells CBS Food Insecurity Continues to Climb
Associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach tells CBS MoneyWatch that food insecurity rates will likely continue to climb, given the benefits cuts. Schanzenbach is the author of a new report for The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution that states food insecurity has actually increased since 2008, the start of the recession.
Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences
Professor James Spillane received a grant from the American Education Research Association (AERA) to plan two conferences on “Policy and Politics of the Common Core.” Conferences will be planned for February and November of 2014.
Neal Sales-Griffin (BS09), Co-Founder of Starter League, Named to Crain's 40 under 40 List
Neal Sales-Griffin (BS09) was named to the 40 under 40 List at Crain's Chicago Business. Sales-Griffin co-founded Starter League, which has taught more than 700 people computer coding since 2011 and trains students at high schools, community colleges and universities.
New York Times Quotes David Figlio on Impact of Adjunct Instructors
The New York Times reports on a study by professors David Figlio and Morton Schapiro finding that freshmen at Northwestern University who took their first courses in a discipline from nontenured faculty learned more than those who took the introductory courses from tenured professors. Since at Northwestern adjuncts usually work full-time, Figlio says the study provides evidence that what matters for students is full-time teaching status, not tenure.
Chicago Tribune Reports Northwestern Academy Will Prepare Chicago Public Schools Students for Northwestern
The Chicago Tribune reports that Northwestern Academy will provide year-round tutoring, college counseling, test preparation, family workshops and other services during high school to 200 Chicago Public Schools students. Northwestern wants the program to pave the way for more CPS students at the University.
ABC7 News Announces Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools Students
ABC7 News announces a new agreement between the City of Chicago and Northwestern University that "is expected to provide a big academic boost for low-income students." The new Northwestern Academy program will help Chicago Public School (CPS) students prepare for and gain admittance to selective colleges and universities.
Michael Wolf Highlights Ways to Improve Health Literacy at Sydney Conference
As the keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney, professor Michael Wolf (MA07) said the basic goal is "to confuse patients less," according to the Croakey health blog.
Susan Lloyd (MA92, PhD96) Improves Milwaukee through Neighborhoods
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Susan Lloyd, a graduate of the Human Development and Social Policy program. As executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation, Lloyd leads the 10-year, $50 million Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, aimed at revitalizing some of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods. Previously she had been a director at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.
Northwestern Academy to Expand Access for Chicago Public Schools Students to Top Colleges
Northwestern University and the City of Chicago announced a new program to help Chicago Public School (CPS) students prepare for and gain admittance to selective colleges and universities. The Northwestern Academy is designed to help CPS high school students who are academically talented and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program with supplemental educational opportunities and support services to prepare them for highly selective colleges and universities.
PBS Reports Jon Guryan's Research on Effectiveness of Prize-Linked Savings
PBS reports on prize-linked savings, meant to remedy America’s dismal savings rate by offering savers a chance to win prizes. Associate professor Jon Guryan's research finds more deposits, and more savings, if a lottery or prize is linked to savings. A Congressional bill could make prize-linked savings accounts more widely available.
In Scotland and Spain Mike Horn Shares Research on Interactive Learning Technologies
Assistant professor Michael Horn's innovations in using emerging technologies for interactive learning took him to Europe recently as he contributed to sharing research in the field. Horn co-organized a conference in Scotland and presented at a conference in Spain.
In Radio Interview David Figlio Explains How Names Affect Outcomes for Children
Michigan Radio, an NPR station, interviewed professor David Figlio about his research on the impact of children's names. His study found that teachers treated kids differently depending on their name, as do juvenile court judges.
Huffington Post Interviews Dan McAdams about Importance of Life Stories
“The stories we tell ourselves about our lives don’t just shape our personalities –- they are our personalities," SESP professor Dan McAdams, author of "The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By," tells the Huffington Post.
ABC News Cites Claudia Haase's Study Showing Wives Are Key to Calming Marital Conflict
In a report on marital conflict, ABC News features a study by Claudia Haase showing that wives play an important role in managing conflict in a marriage and its impact on the relationship.
Kits ‘n’ Cats Day Shows Evanston High School Students College Opportunities
Nearly 100 Evanston Township High School (ETHS) sophomores and juniors got a close-up look at college during Kits ‘n’ Cats@NU on November 5. A talk by Northwestern President Morton Schapiro kicked off the daylong college awareness event featuring activities, tours and presentations.
Jim Spillane Delivers Talks in Norway to Education Scholars, Leaders
Professor James Spillane shared his expertise in education policy and school leadership when he delivered talks in Norway recently. At the University of Oslo, Spillane led a two-day seminar for doctoral students and faculty members on November 7 and 8 and gave a keynote address to Norwegian school principals.
In New York Times, David Figlio Clarifies Interpretation of Tenure-Track and Adjunct Teaching Research
In the New York Times, professor David Figlio responds to interpretations of his study with Morton Schapiro and Kevin Soter comparing the teaching of adjunct and tenure-track faculty. "What some of these interpretations have failed to note is that in the milieu where our study takes place (Northwestern University), most non-tenure-track faculty members are long-term, full-time instructors with benefits, career ladders and job security," says Figlio.
Fulbright Teaching Fellow Aria Fiat (BS13) Blogs from France
Recent graduate Aria Fiat (BS13), a Fulbright fellow teaching in France, blogs about her experiences with French schooling and French culture. Her blog, written from Perpignan, is "From One Windy City to Another."
Boise Weekly Cites Diane Schanzenbach's Study in Debate over Universal Pre-K Education
An article about an Idaho effort to enact pre-K legislation cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's study showing that while free access to preschool increased enrollment among the children of non-college-educated parents, the children of college degree-holding parents tended to shift their children from free programs to private preschools. According to the Boise Weekly, the study casts "a shadow over claims that such education benefits all children in the same ways."
Kim Hufferd-Ackles (PhD99) Starts School for Complex Learners, Rooted in Work at SESP
After completing her doctoral program at SESP, Kim Hufferd-Ackles (PhD99) knew she understood deep and meaningful learning. A few years later, when her fourth child was diagnosed with autism, she put her education expertise to the test by founding a school for complex learners in Kenosha, Wisconsin, called Open Wings Learning Community.