July 2012 News Stories

July 2012 News Stories

  • Jim Spillane Describes SESP Doctoral Programs for EducationDegree.com
    Professor James Spillane discusses the doctoral programs at the School of Education and Social Policy -- Learning Sciences and Human Development and Social Policy. Both were the first of their kind and remain distinctive degree programs.

  • Time Magazine Quotes David Figlio on Online Teacher Training
    In a Time magazine article about online teacher training, professor David Figlio expresses skepticism about the effectiveness of online course work. Figlio's research has compared online and in-person courses.

  • National Science Teachers Association Promotes Remote Labs
    The National Science Teachers Association recommends that teachers seeking to provide their students with real-world lab experience and access to scientific equipment consider remote laboratories accessible online (iLabs), developed by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships. “Remote labs are an important new tool," comments SESP professor Kemi Jona.

  • Research by David Uttal Underscores Impact of Training in Spatial Thinking
    Training is effective for improving spatial skills, Northwestern researchers found through the first comprehensive analysis of studies on such interventions. Improving spatial skills is important because children who do well at spatial tasks are likely to achieve highly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • Brian Reiser on National Panel to Recommend Overhaul of K-12 Science Assessments
    Professor Brian Reiser, a member of the National Research Council (NRC) expert panel that recommended a new framework for science education in the United States, now is participating on an NRC panel to recommend more effective assessment of science learning.

  • WGN-TV: Hailey Danisewicz Leads as Counselor and Role Model at Camp for Kids with Cancer
    Senior Hailey Danisewicz is a counselor at Camp One Step at a Time, run by an organization that provides recreational and educational programs for children with cancer. At 14, Daniesewicz decided to have her lower leg amputated, which she said was the best decision she ever made, and kids at the camp see how much she can do with her prosthetic leg.

  • Danielle Keifert Wins Award at International Learning Sciences Conference
    Learning sciences doctoral student Danielle Keifert won an award for best student paper at a recent international conference in learning sciences. The paper documents the naturally occurring ways in which very young children encounter opportunities for scientific inquiry in their everyday lives.

  • Claire Lew (BS11) Heads Chicago Events to Ignite Inspiration
    Claire Lew (BS11) is leading an event series called IgniteChicago to bring together people for sharing and inspiring others. IgniteChicago evenings feature five-minute presentations by people with ideas, and the next event is scheduled for August 13.

  • MSEd Student Sugandhi Chugani Wins Education Pioneers Fellowship
    Sugandhi Chugani, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program, was awarded an Education Pioneers Fellowship to work with Chicago Public Schools on a project to improve the transition to community college.