Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2012

Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

September signals “back to school” for most of us. We recall the excitement we felt as children when we sharpened our new pencils and crayons, readied our new notebook, assembled our ruler, protractor and other tools, and put everything together in our backpack for that first day of school. Then clad in our brand new first-day-of-school outfit, we shuffled through freshly fallen leaves as we walked the few blocks to school to be greeted warmly by our new teacher and classmates.

For those of us at the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), however, we are not going back to school this fall because we never left!

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  • Outreach to Schools

    In this issue: Outreach to Schools

    Students from Chicago’s Nettelhorst School view a 3-D imaging wall and science labs during a visit to Silverman Hall at Northwestern University hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships.

  • leading northwestern’s partnerships with schools
    Leading Northwestern’s Partnerships With Schools

    The Office of STEM Education Partnerships served approximately 22,500 students and 280 teachers at 84 schools last year, linking K-12 schools with Northwestern’s cutting-edge science along with educational tools and expertise.

  • serving schools through preparing talented teachers
    Serving Schools Through Preparing Talented Teachers

    Master of Science in Education (MSEd) graduate Zackary Ruelas (MS10) won a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching this year, selected from thousands of teachers. NU-TEACH alternative certification graduate Ronald Hale won the prestigious award last year. The SESP undergraduate teaching program was rated highest in the state by the National Council of Teacher Quality.

  • doing research to help solve school problems
    Doing Research to Help Solve School Problems

    If disengaged elementary and middle school students had long-term links to adult mentors, would they be more likely to engage in school and their academic futures - to progress and ultimately graduate? Associate professor Jonathan Guryan and a team of investigators are providing hundreds of students with adult mentors, with the goal of increasing attendance and student engagement at school. The idea is to transform low graduation rates into new commitments to learning.