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Education Week Quotes Cynthia Coburn on Importance of Research in Schools
Education Week says professor Cynthia Coburn, "a veteran of long term field-testing in schools, warned that data simulations should never take the place of full-scale experimental trials in schools." She noted, "The history of education research is littered with really wonderful lab experiments and interventions created outside the classroom that, for whatever reason, didn't work in the classroom."
Huffington Post Interviews Alissa Chung about Parental Responses to 'Mean Girl' Behavior
On Huffington Post, Alissa Chung, a clinical child psychologist and SESP lecturer on child development, discusses how to approach a child’s “mean girl” behavior. She advises reflecting on the meaning of the behavior. Girls could be trying to navigate socially, using the behavior to gain power or status, or indicating a lack of empathy.
New York Times Quotes David Figlio on Fundraising for Wealthy Public Schools
A New York Times article that points out the inequities in philanthropic school fundraising also notes that fundraising is what keeps many wealthier parents committed to public schools. The article quotes SESP professor David Figlio: “If all of a sudden these super-rich people no longer can achieve what they want through the public sector, they’ll just send their kids to private schools and take their ball and go home.”
SESP Student Board Seeks Alumni Career Advice
As a way of helping undergraduates to gain career advice, the SESP Leadership and Programming Board is spearheading an initiative for undergraduates to develop relationships with alumni. The Board is composed of student volunteers who advise the SESP Office of Student Affairs on programming and events.
Larry Hedges Receives Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement
Professor Larry Hedges recently received the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. The Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research recognizes “distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology.”
Miriam Sherin Chosen as Academic Leadership Fellow
Learning Sciences professor Miriam Sherin is one of five faculty leaders selected to be fellows in the Academic Leadership Program, an intensive yearlong program offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The program addresses challenges for administrators in major research universities.
Brian Reiser to Discuss New Science Standards at Public Presentations
To give the public the facts and clarify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), professor Brian Reiser is participating in two public panel presentations. The Chicago Council on Science and Technology is presenting programs on November 12 and 20 entitled “Decoding the New Science and Math Standards” to discuss the NGSS for science and the Common Core standards for mathematics.
Office of STEM Education Partnerships Hosts Statewide STEM Summit
Educators, business leaders and university administrators will attend the upcoming sixth annual statewide STEM Summit, this year hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University on November 5. The summit will focus on innovation and collaboration in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Parents Benefit from Head Start Program
Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers Terri Sabol and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. The study is one of the first to examine whether a child’s participation in the federal program benefits mothers and fathers – in particular parents’ educational attainment and employment.
Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication
Professor Douglas Medin's new study explores the cultural side of science communication and how to present science information to diverse groups without polarization. Medin suggests communicating science in a culturally neutral way.
Alumni Share Career Stories with SESP Undergraduates at Special Event
For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 13 accomplished alumni are leading small-group sessions with SESP undergraduates to give students ideas about potential career paths.
Guardian Cites Diane Schanzenbach's Finding That Class Size Impacts Marginalized Most
An article in The Guardian about the controversy over class size cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's research showing "smaller class sizes have helped marginalized students, the students struggling the most."
New York Times: David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School
The New York Times features a study by professors David Figlio and Jon Guryan showing that babies who were heavier at birth scored higher on math and reading tests from third to eighth grades. The study calls into question medical interventions that time births earlier for the convenience of the parents.
Lois Trautvetter Introduces SESP, US Higher Education to Students in China
Associate professor Lois Trautvetter got an in-depth look at the global interest in American higher education when she participated in a tour of China with representatives from seven top U.S. university programs, including the School of Education and Social Policy. The 2014 U.S. Leading Graduate and Professional Schools Tour was hosted by the Council for International Culture and Education.
Senior Blake McHugh Wins Kabiller Award, Takes Lacrosse to Kids in Jamaica
Senior Blake McHugh was one of five winners of the inaugural Irving Kabiller Award for Excellence in Character, Commitment and Community. This award is given through the Northwestern University Athletic Department and NU for Life.
Mike Horn Designs Frog Pond Exhibit for Computer History Museum
Using new interactive technologies, SESP assistant professor Michael Horn designs innovative museum exhibits to engage visitors in learning. His newest exhibit — on computer programming — will be on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Saturday Seminars Guide Parents of Gifted Children
Parents can take advantage of workshops designed to help them develop special strategies to nurture the development of their gifted children during a series of Saturday seminars hosted this fall by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD), a program of the School of Education and Social Policy.
Increasing Teacher Effort: Kirabo Jackson's Study Compares Managerial Control with Performance Pay
Paying teachers according to student test-score improvements is gaining traction, but is there a better way to boost teacher effort? In a new working paper SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson and Henry Schneider of Cornell University tackle the issue by being among the first to evaluate the role of managerial control in improving employee performance and comparing it with performance pay.
Biotechnology Day Shows High School Students Biotech Opportunities
Hands-on science activities, lab tours and a panel discussion with Northwestern science students introduce opportunities in biotechnology to 100 Chicago and Evanston high school students who visit Northwestern for Biotechnology Day. The October 6 event is organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).
Tim Dohrer Conveys Ideas about Teaching in Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership, the magazine of the ASCD, recently published two pieces of writing about teaching by Tim Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program. An autobiographical piece describes the teacher who inspired him to become a teacher, and another piece explains a practice that worked for Dohrer's students.