Diane Schanzenbach Tells VOXXI Why Small Class Size Matters for Student Outcomes
“What people are forgetting is the tried and true, high-quality teachers in small classes really does work,” associate professor Diane Schanzenbach told VOXXI. Her analysis of studies, done for the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, shows the importance of small class size for student learning and long-term outcomes.
Cynthia Coburn Addresses Digital Media and Learning Conference
Professor Cynthia Coburn, who is interested in spreading innovative practices and programs for youth, will address hundreds of specialists in learning and digital media at the Digital Media and Learning conference in Boston on March 7.
On 'Chicago Tonight' Jon Guryan Discusses Effectiveness of High School Mentoring
On WTTW's Chicago Tonight, associate professor Jon Guryan comments on the combination of mentoring and tutoring that can have a significant impact on reversing declining grades and absenteeism -- factors eventually leading to dropping out of school. The intervention by the Urban Education Laboratory increased graduation rates by 14 percent, according to Guryan.
Evanston Now: Northwestern Expansion of Evanston School Partnership Model Discussed in Springfield
The partnership started last year by Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School is serving as a model for partnering with other schools, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro and OSEP associate director Amy Pratt explained during an event at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield reported by Evanston Now. The university has an office at the high school staffed full-time by Kristen Perkins of SESP, who fosters meaningful exchanges between the two institutions, especially in the area of STEM.
Penn Professor Credits Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon's Teaching Strategy of Interpretive Discussion
University of Pennsylvania education professor Stanton Wortham credits SESP professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, author of Interpretive Discussion, with providing an effective strategy for teaching with questions.
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Launches Pilot for Evanston Two-Generation Program
Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is launching a pilot two-generation program in Evanston. The Evanston Two-Generation Initiative will educate young children and their parents simultaneously.
Washington Post: Diane Schanzenbach's Study Shows Class Size Matters a Lot
A blog by Washington Post education reporter states that a new review by SESP associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of the major research conducted on class size "makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot." Schanzenbach's report was recently published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Huffington Post Applauds SESP's Museum Partnership for Science Education
Huffington Post cites SESP's Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP) as an example of an effective museum education partnership. "There is little doubt that these partnerships enable students to see, hear, feel what they are learning -- to connect the dots -- and enrich their learning experience in ways that the schools themselves cannot do," according to John Eger's blog post.
Horizon Report Video: Kemi Jona Describes Remote Labs as Emerging Technology for Education
As part of a video series on the CoSN Horizon Report, professor Kemi Jona is one of the expert interviewees describing remote laboratories as an emerging technology for education. Remote labs connect students with real laboratory equipment through the Internet.
Mesmin Destin's Research Shows One-Hour Program Can Help First-Generation College Students Succeed
SESP assistant professor Mesmin Destin and his colleagues found that a novel one-hour program could have a big impact for narrowing the achievement gap between first-generation and continuing-generation college students. Their intervention closed that gap by 63 percent by building savvy about how to deal with issues that face college students.
SESP Opportunities Fund Supports Socioeconomic Diversity Dialogues, February 17-20
Socioeconomic diversity will be the focus for the Northwestern community during a weeklong discussion of class, identity and the college experience from February 17 to 20. Money Matters was organized by SESP seniors Erin Turner and Emily Rivest with support from the SESP Opportunities Fund.
Miriam Sherin Gives Keynote Talk at Education Symposium in Israel
Professor Miriam Sherin shared her expertise at a mathematics education conference in Israel recently. As a keynote speaker, she spoke on studying professional development for mathematics teachers through the use of video.
North Denver News: Diane Schanzenbach's Research Shows Class Size Matters
“Class size matters,” says SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach, an economist who wrote a policy brief forfor the National Education Policy Center. North Denver News quotes Schanzenbach as saying “Research supports the common-sense notion that children learn more and teachers are more effective in smaller classes,"
Atlantic Features SESP's Marriage 101 Course
Atlantic features the SESP Marriage 101 class taught by Alexandra Solomon that teaches students what makes a healthy relationship. "Its reputation as a meaningful, relevant, and enlightening course has grown steadily over the 14 years it’s been offered," according to Atlantic.
Professional Development for Remote Labs Offered through New Online Training Academy
The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) is now offering online workshops for science teachers through a new online academy for educators. Teachers can learn to use OSEP’s remote laboratories through the new NMC Academy led by the New Media Consortium.
Chicago Health Describes Michael Wolf's Health Literacy Research
Chicago Health features research by SESP faculty member Michael Wolf (MA07), which shows that simplifying patient communication can lead to better health outcomes.
New York Times Reports Study Jon Guryan Co-Authored Showing Gains from Intensive Tutoring Plus Mentoring for Struggling Students
Associate professor Jonathan Guryan is the co-author of an important new study that shows intensive tutoring and mentoring can improve the achievement of struggling students. Guryan is the co-director of the Urban Education Lab, which studied the tutoring-mentoring program at Harper High School in Chicago.
TES Magazine Features David Figlio's Research on Student Names and Teacher Expectations
TES magazine features professor David Figlio's research on the impact of students' names on teacher expectations. According to his research, a student with a high-status name was more likely to score highly in end-of-year tests than his sibling, and this gap increased year by year.
Philanthropy Course Allows Students to Give Nonprofits $50,000
Students taking Learning Philanthropy this spring will examine the history and practice of philanthropic giving and will actually give away $50,000 to nonprofit organizations. Undergraduates across the University may apply for Learning Philanthropy by completing the online application by February 10.
Four PhD Grads Tell of Professional Support and Personal Joy as SESP Alumnae
Four PhD alumnae have found great joy and professional support in mixing Learning Sciences with Human Development and Social Policy. Aki Murata (PhD02), R. Michelle Green (PhD05), Lisa Bouillion Diaz (PhD01) and Lisa Dorner (PhD06) continue to meet and support each other personally and professionally.