June 2012 News Stories

June 2012 News Stories

  • Chicago Tribune Quotes David Figlio on Reasons for Catholic School Enrollment Decline
    SESP professor David Figlio commented that Catholic schools had a "century of strength" coming from the initial explosion of construction starting in the late 1800s, but demographics began to shift, spreading out the Catholic population.

  • Irene Romulo Wins National Hunger Fellowship
    Irene Romulo, a social policy major, was awarded a 2012 Congressional Hunger Fund Fellowship, which provides both grassroots and public policy experience. She is the first Northwestern winner in four years.

  • Talk by Jim Spillane Kicks Off New Teacher Leader Program
    To launch a new teacher leader curriculum, the Master of Science in Education program hosted an alumni event on May 29 featuring a talk by professor James Spillane on “Teachers Who Lead and Leaders Who Teach.”

  • National Review References David Figlio's Findings on School Choice
    Responding to a New York Times piece criticizing school voucher programs, the National Review cites professor David Figlio's finding that the competitive pressure placed on public schools as a result of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (which provides vouchers to low-income children and a tax credit to contributing corporations) was “associated with greater improvements in students’ test scores.”

  • Zackary Ruelas (MS10) Wins Golden Apple Award
    Zackary Ruelas (MS10), a third-grade teacher at St. Malachy School in Chicago, is one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Student Affairs Office Becomes a High-Tech Model Space
    Centered on students and infused with technology, the renovated SESP Students Affairs Office will be a model for other schools across the country.

  • Center for Talent Development Energizes Campus This Summer
    The summer program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) is bustling with exciting new classes, programs at six sites and an enrollment increased by 250 over last year.

  • Mike Horn: Designing Interactive Games for Museums
    Assistant professor Michael Horn is known for the interactive exhibits he designs for museums. In his quest to determine what makes a museum exhibit engaging and educational, he and his colleagues designed and tested a tabletop touchscreen game to help museum visitors understand evolution and the diversity of life.

  • SESP Offers New Master’s Program in Teacher Leadership
    The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program is now offering a curriculum that aligns with Illinois’s new teacher leader endorsement. The new curriculum is designed for teachers with interest in school leadership positions such as curriculum director or department chair.

  • Hannah Nielsen (BS09) Named Assistant Coach at Colorado
    Lacrosse great Hannah Nielsen (BS09) was named assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of Colorado. At Northwestern, she won the Tewaaraton Trophy and the Honda Sports Award as the best player in the country both her junior and senior seasons, and she was the Big Ten Athlete of the Year as a junior in 2008.

  • New York Times Cites David Figlio's Research in Article about Romney's Stance on Vouchers
    As president, Mitt Romney may seek to overhaul the federal government’s largest education programs into a voucher-like system, which he said would introduce marketplace dynamics to drive academic gains. SESP professor David Figlio co-authored a recent study of Florida's voucher program, which found that test scores at public schools, faced with competition, went up.

  • Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects
    Students completing SESP's Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2012 presented posters for their capstone projects at a reception on June 1.

  • Seven SESP Graduates Named NUPIP Fellows
    Seven 2012 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows of the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Jane Merrill, Nadia Ahmed, Steven Chau, Brittany Fawcett, Leah Martinez, Emily Roskey and April Stewart will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations as members of the new NUPIP cohort of fellows.

  • Senior Honors Students Present Research
    Thirteen School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 1.

  • SESP Convocation Inspires Graduates to Improve People’s Lives
    “You leave here well prepared to be leaders and innovators,” Dean Penelope Peterson told the graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy at Convocation on June 15.

  • Learning Sciences Alums Iris Tabak, Josh Radinsky Named Journal Editors
    Learning Sciences alumni Iris Tabak (PhD99) of Ben Gurion University and Joshua Radinsky (PhD00) of the University of Illinois at Chicago were named the new editors of the widely respected Journal of the Learning Sciences.

  • Symposium, Hands-On Workshops Promote Biotechnology Teaching
    A series of workshops to promote the teaching of biotechnology in Chicago Public Schools kicked off with a June 19 symposium featuring pioneering Northwestern University cancer researcher Teresa K. Woodruff. The event also connected educators to the partners sponsoring the workshops — Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Baxter International, and Lindblom Math and Science Academy.

  • Health Literacy Initiative Aims to Improve Patient Care
    The Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP) leads national studies responding to communication gaps between medical providers and patients, including drug labels. The Feinberg Medical School project relies on learning sciences research with SESP associate professor David Rapp.

  • Wall Street Journal Cites David Figlio's Research on School Vouchers
    An opinion piece on the education policies of the presidential candidates cites professor David Figlio's study of Florida's tax credit scholarship program. His research found that "greater degrees of competition are associated with greater improvements in students' test scores following the program's introduction."