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SESP Magazine explores the latest news and knowledge from the School of Education and Social Policy. Spring and fall issues focus on an important current theme.

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Spikes Discusses Illinois New Media Literacy Bill

Northwestern University learning sciences doctoral candidate Michael A. Spikes stressed the importance of teaching media literacy in light of a new bill that would require Illinois high schools to incorporate media literacy education into existing curricula that targets understanding and evaluating news and social media.

Graduate Students Honored with Awards, Fellowships

Stephanie Demos, who received her masters of science in higher education administration and policy, was named the graduate winner of the SESP Alumni Leadership Award for bringing the community together during the pandemic.

2021 Undergraduate Honors and Awards

Julia Borland, a third year studying social policy and economics, received a $10,000 award from Projects for Peace to help incorporate environmental and food justice issues into a sustainable farming program. She was one of dozens of outstanding SESP students to win an award this year.

SESP Convocation 2021: Never Stop Learning

Civil rights activist Tarana Burke, who champions the importance of connection and the “far-reaching power of empathy,” urged the Class of 2021 to stay open to change, join a cause they believe in, and remain committed to learning during the School of Education and Social Policy’s annual convocation ceremony celebration at Northwestern University’s Ryan Fieldhouse.

Brayboy Challenges SESP to Reimagine Education for Indigenous Students

Scholars have an important opportunity­ and responsibility to help transform schools into a system that supports Indigenous students, Arizona State University (ASU) professor Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) said during the latest installment of the School of Education and Social Policy Equity Book Club.

Honors Students Present Senior Thesis Projects

Twelve School of Education and Social Policy honors students were recognized for rigorous and thoughtful scholarship by Dean David Figlio and faculty members during an online ceremony and poster presentation session.

Sheridan Fuller Named Presidential Fellow

Sheridan Fuller, a graduate student in the Human Development and Social Policy program at the School of Education and Social Policy, has received the prestigious Presidential Fellowship at Northwestern University for his work investigating the benefits and pitfalls of the social safety net, which is designed to protect Americans from poverty and hardship.

New Research: Why We Should Listen to Preschoolers

Early childhood policies could be vastly improved by listening to the unexpectedly wise voices of those who stand to benefit: children as young as four years old, according to new Northwestern University research published in Translational Issues in Psychological Science.

Leading Education Scholars: There's No Going Back

Schools should not return to the old “normal,” despite concerns about potential learning loss after a year of disruption, leading education scholars argue in a new report by the Spencer Foundation and the Learning Policy Institute.

New Study: Having More Immigrant Peers Can Boost Scores For U.S.-Born Students

A timely new study coauthored by School of Education and Social Policy Dean David Figlio finds that immigrant children and teenagers “could be an unexpected boon for native-born students should they reach American classrooms,” Asher Lehrer-Small wrote in The 74.