SESP Senior Swim Captain Van Donkersgoed's New Life in the Sport
An article for SwimSwan tells why SESP senior swim captain Van Donkersgoed traded in his role as senior captain for student assistant coach.
SESP Co-Sponsors Talk by Dale Russakoff, Author of The Prize
In the highly acclaimed book The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff tells the eye-opening story of what happened when the schools of Newark, New Jersey, received a $100 million gift. Russakoff will give a special lecture at Northwestern on December 1, co-sponsored by SESP.
Diane Schanzenbach on WBEZ: 'School Lunch Policy Needs Improvement'
National public radio station WBEZ interviews SESP professor Diane Schanzenbach on the federal school lunch policy that subsidizes lunch but not just milk. “The incentives here are certainly for kids to take what’s free and then wastefully dispose of it,” she continued, “so it seems like there’s room for a policy improvement.”
Crain's Chicago Business: How to Create the Next Generation of Coders
A profile in Crain's Chicago Business tells how SESP assistant professor Mike Horn is working to get kids interested in coding. His research aims to inspire computer literacy in places other than school, "to get kids as young as kindergartners—particularly girls and minority groups—into coding as much as video and games."
Center for Talent Development Receives $1.2M Javits Grant for Gifted Education for Disadvantaged Kids
Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development has been awarded a prestigious $1.2 million Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will help the School of Education and Social Policy's center identify gifted and academically advanced students from economically disadvantaged families.
Why Are Boys Falling Behind?
Boys, especially African-American boys, are falling behind -- both behaviorally and educationally -- according to new research by SESP professor David Figlio. Young males, it appears, are extra sensitive to disadvantage, perhaps because poor families are more likely to be led by single mothers, and young boys lack male role models.
New Report on Chicago Principal Retention Lauds Northwestern’s Fellowship Program
A new report on principal retention by the Chicago Public Education Fund addresses the challenge of retaining Chicago’s top principals. The report, based on a survey of 423 principals, cites Northwestern’s Chicago Principals Fellowship as the kind of opportunity that principals want for learning and support.
Unpacking the Narrative of Poverty in Education Reporting
At an October 22 Education Writers Association seminar on the influence of poverty on education, professors Emma Adam, David Figlio, Kirabo Jackson, Jon Guryan and Jim Spillane discussed their research findings for the panel “Covering Poverty's Influence on Education.”
SESP Fulbright Fellows in Vietnam, France, South Africa, Germany
See the map of Northwestern Fulbright Fellows, including Izora Baltys in South Africa, Brenna Ledvora in German, Rabeya Mallick in France and Karen Wilber in Vietnam. All are teaching and pursuing other projects as they represent the U.S.
Brian Reiser Gives Keynote at National Climate Education Forum
Professor Brian Reiser is a keynote speaker at the Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning: Climate Education on November 9. Reiser will give a keynote presentation on “Climate Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.”
Football Co-Captain Christian Jones Plans to Give Back to High School
Football co-captain and learning and organizational change graduate Christian Jones is planning a program for his Texas high school similar to NU for Life. This unique program is designed to equip athletes with the resources to excel professionally upon completion of their athletic careers.
New York Times: David Figlio Finds Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls
New York Times reports findings by SESP professor David Figlio and his colleagues that a disadvantaged start hurts boys more than girls. Boys from poor neighborhoods start kindergarten start school less prepared than girls, and the gap keeps widening: They are more likely to be suspended, skip school, perform poorly on standardized tests, drop out, commit crimes and have behavioral or learning disabilities.
Field Hockey Standout Dominique Masters 'Coaches for College' in Vietnam
Northwestern field hockey standout and SESP junior Dominique Masters went to Vietnam to participate in Coach for College, a service learning program to teach academics, sports and life skills at summer camps for children in rural Vietnam.
La Presse Features Emma Adam's Research on Discrimination Stress
The Canadian newspaper La Presse features professor Emma Adam's study of the stress hormone cortisol, showing the connection between discrimination, stress and health, showing discrimination stress has a cumulative effect over time. The discrimination has a greater long-term physiological impact when it occurs during adolescence.
Brian Reiser Keynotes Illinois Science Education Conference
Professor Brian Reiser will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Illinois Science Education Conference on October 23, along with two Illinois teachers who collaborate with him on research. Their presentation to science educators will support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Fox News Features Jon Guryan's Research Showing Benefits of Intensive Tutoring
Fox News quotes associate professor Jonathan Guryan on the benefits of a high-intensity tutoring program in Chicago Public Schools. His research shows tutoring enabled 9th and 10th graders to learn two to three years’ worth of math in one year and even helped students who were 10 years behind grade level. These students face the greatest risk of dropout and incarceration.
Alumni Meet with Undergraduates for Annual Career Event
For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 12 accomplished SESP alumni are meeting with undergraduates to share ideas about career paths. Alumni participants in the special career event are Joanna Cohen (BS06), Leah Templeton Engelhardt (BS65), Barry Goldberg (BS05), Andrew Green (BS15), Jan Hall (BS75), Keith Lewis (BS85), Carolyn Ludwig (BS60), Julianne Piotrowski Nery (BS95), Sarah Rosenbaum (BS10), Joe Ruklick (BS59), Marilyn Ruschhaupt (BS65) and Melanie Taylor Williams (BS75).
Miriam Sherin and Co-Authors Receive Publication Award
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics awarded professor Miriam Sherin and her co-authors the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award for their article “Connecting Research to Teaching: Lenses for Examining Students’ Mathematical Thinking.” Sherin’s co-authors and fellow awardees are Katherine Linsenmeier (MS05), Janet Walkoe (PhD13) and Martha Mulligan.
SESP Information Technology Staff Share Advances at National TechForum
SESP Information Technology staff members Alyssa Dyar, Ryan Nix and Matthew Rich are making presentations at a national professional development conference about innovative technology initiatives at SESP. Dyar, Nix and Rich will present at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) CIO TechForum2015 on October 13 and 14 called "The New World of Higher Ed IT."
SESP Receives $1M Spencer Award to Expand Computational Literacy in Schools
The School of Education and Social Policy received a prestigious Lyle Spencer Research Award of nearly $1 million to expand computational literacy in schools. Northwestern is the only school in the country to receive two Lyle Spencer awards this year. The three-year project seeks to incorporate computational literacy into required high school science and mathematics courses.