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SESP Participants Get Insider's View on Career Trek to Washington, DC
Two SESP students, one SESP recent graduate and one SESP adviser took part in Northwestern University’s first-ever university-wide “career trek.” A group of 15 students and five staff members spent three days in Washington, D.C., visiting a range of employers and alumni in fields of government, policy and law.
Six SESP Faculty, Staff Named to Honor Roll
e School of Education and Social Policy faculty and staff members were named to the 2013-14 Faculty Honor Roll.
MS in Education Program Hosts Summer Convocation
SESP’s convocation for the Master of Science in Education program conferred degrees on 56 MSEd graduates -- elementary and secondary school teachers -- who walked in a Saturday (August 2) morning ceremony in the Ryan Family Auditorium at the Technological Institute.
Wall Street Journal Features Karen Fuson's Finding about Best Language for Math
Chinese uses simpler number words and expresses math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for children to learn arithmetic, according to the Wall Street Journal, which features research and comments by SESP professor emerita Karen Fuson.
Kemi Jona and FUSE Featured at Technology Conference
Professor Kemi Jona addressed the School Superintendent Program at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago on September 10. He spoke on "STEM Best Practices." The FUSE informal learning program was represented at the show as well.
Brian Reiser Keynotes Conference on Next Generation Science Standards
As a keynote speaker at a major conference for Illinois educators, Learning Sciences professor Brian Reiser discussed the research-based recommendations for the Next Generation Science Standards. These national standards, designed to support scientific literacy for the 21st century, aim to improve K-12 science education.
Deseret News Cites Diane Schanzenbach Study on Class Size 'Tradeoffs and Payoffs'
In an article on the tradeoffs and payoffs involved in lowering class size, Deseret News cites a study by SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach, described as a leading proponent of small class size. One of her studies estimates how much it costs, using specific interventions, to nudge an underprivileged child into college.
Northwestern Academy Starts with Summer Activities
How do humans construct knowledge about their place in the universe? Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools started this summer with a three-week summer session for one group of students on this heady theme — pursued through field experiences, readings, and a mini capstone project. The overall goal for Northwestern Academy is to prepare under-resourced Chicago high school students for selective colleges.
MSLOC Breaks New Ground with Jive Social Collaboration Technology
Tapping into social collaboration technology typically used by large companies, the SESP Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program (MSLOC) is pioneering the use of the cutting-edge Jive social networking software for an educational purpose. For MSLOC, Jive provides an online space where students and faculty build a strong and robust learning community.
Memorials Honor Joanna Sojka (MS10)
A memorial service for Joanna Sojka (MS10), a graduate of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy program, will be held on September 3. Alumni, faculty, family and friends are also in the process of discussing a memorial at Northwestern to honor Sojka.
Heather Schoenfeld Wins Awards for Article on Incarceration
Assistant professor Heather Schoenfeldrecently received two awards for a paper she co-wrote on “The Transformation of America's Penal Order: A Historicized Political Sociology of Punishment.” The best paper awards are from the American Sociological Association and the Law and Society Association.
MSLOC Students Help YMCA Unite Employees behind Its Cause
Thanks to a unique partnership between the YMCA and the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program in the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University graduate students are an integral part of the pathway to how YMCA staff and volunteers tell the Y’s story.
EdTech Interviews Kemi Jona about Best Practices for Remote Labs
Leverage existing software. Look for instrumentation. Identify high-needs areas. Set expectations. These are some of the tips professor Kemi Jona offers in an EdTech article about setting up remote labs for high school science and why they're beneficial.
Grant Funds New Network for Public Science Education and Outreach
Northwestern University is part of a new multi-institutional initiative to encourage education and outreach efforts that extend the impact of federal scientific research. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to a five-year initiative called the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration (BIONIC).
Sunshine State News: David Figlio's Report Shows Tax Scholarship Students Keep Up with Peers Nationally
Professor David Figlio's new study shows low-income students participating in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program are performing at the same level as their peers nationally, according to Sunshine State News.
Sun-Times Profiles SESP Junior Tom Hruby, Navy SEAL and Football Player
Tom Hruby is an active Navy SEAL at the same time he's a full-time SESP student and a member of the Northwestern football team. He's 32 years old with a wife and three children and is determined to meet the challenge he's set for himself, according the Chicago Sun-Times.
David Uttal Wins American Psychological Association's Best Article Award
The American Psychological Association awarded professor David Uttal the George A. Miller Award for the most distinguished publication in general psychology. His article "The Malleability of Spatial Skills: A Meta-Analysis of Training Studies" is the first all-encompassing analysis of how and how much training influences spatial thinking.
New York Times: Paul Krugman Cites Diane Schanzenbach's Study on Food Stamps
In a New York Times column about rising inequality, Paul Krugman cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's research on food stamps as he maintains that taxing the rich and helping the poor may well raise, not lower, the economy’s growth rate. Schanzenbach found that food stamps increased health and economic self-sufficiency.
New York Times Quotes Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon as Leading Scholar on Interpretive Discussion
In a story about an initiative for campus discourse called Ask Big Questions, the New York Times quotes professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon as a leading scholar of interpretive discussion. Ask Big Questions was co-founded by one of Haroutunian-Gordon's former students, Rabbi Josh Feigelson.
John Holcomb (MS14) Named Knowles Science Teaching Fellow
John Holcomb, an August 2014 graduate of the Master of Science in Education Program, was named a teaching fellow through the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF).