February 2013 News Stories

February 2013 News Stories

  • Evanston Review: Northwestern Experts Discuss Education Achievement
    A panel discussion with David Figlio, Kemi Jona, Jennifer Richeson and Anthony Chen at Evanston Township High School revolved around the challenge of providing students of all ethnicities and socio-economic levels as even a playing field as possible. “Academic Achievement in a Global Society” outlined findings in psychology, cultural and economic statistics, sociological history, and science and technology education.

  • Women's Science Organization Names Michelle Paulsen Scientist of the Month
    The Association for Women in Science in Chicago features Michelle Paulsen of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships as its scientist of the month for February 2013. Paulsen coordinates the Reach for the Stars program at Northwestern, a National Science Foundation initiative that provides fellowships for PhD students to become “resident researchers” in K-12 classrooms.

  • SESP Opportunities Fund Supports Nonprofit Leadership Conference
    The School of Education and Social Policy is co-sponsoring a leadership conference with the student organization Supplies for Dreams on February 16. The purpose of this conference is to educate and inspire students by providing knowledge and skills related to leadership in the non-profit arena.

  • eHow Reports David Figlio's Research on Impact of Baby Names
    An article in eHow about baby naming describes the lifelong impact of a child's name. Professor David Figlio's 2006 study showed the school impacts of masculine versus feminine names.

  • Civic Engagement Panel Features David Figlio, Cynthia Coburn, Matt Easterday
    In a panel discussion for Civically Engaged Graduate Students, a new Northwestern student organization, SESP professors Cynthia Coburn, David Figlio and Matt Easterday presented their views on how to be most effective at civic engagement. “Models of Engagement” on February 6 offered an audience of approximately 30 graduate students a range of views about connecting research to practice.

  • Daily Northwestern: Office of STEM Education Partnerships Launches Program in Chicago
    The Office of STEM Education Partnerships opened its first Chicago location for a drop-in program known as Fuse, which engages students in science, technology and arts fields. On February 9, Fuse launched at the Humboldt Park Library in Chicago.

  • Memorial Service for Nancy Remley February 24
    Nancy Remley (MA74), a PhD psychologist who was an adjunct instructor for School of Education and Social Policy for more than a decade, died on February 1. Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on February 24 at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston.

  • Higher Education Program Builds College-Focused Careers
    SESP’s Higher Education Administration and Policy master’s program prepares career starters and career advancers to be leaders in higher education administration.

  • James Rosenbaum’s Research Helps Steer Colleges
    Research by professor James Rosenbaum is having impact well beyond the confines of academia. His work is evident in a new community college in New York, as well as a nationwide movement to increase college completion rates.

  • Student Affairs Office Invites Student Photos, Tweets for Video Wall
    The video wall in the Student Affairs Office now gives SESP students a new way to interact and build community through social media. T the video wall highlight student photos, a student Twitter feed and campus event listings that students submit — all student-focused and student-driven.

  • David Rapp’s Research Finds Readers Rely on Inaccurate Information
    Research by associate professor David Rapp shows that people also routinely rely on texts that contain inaccuracies, both intentional and unintentional, or offer information from wholly unreliable sources. What makes this a particularly perplexing problem is that people use incorrect information not only when they are unaware it is wrong but also when they should already know it is inaccurate.

  • Simone Ispa-Landa’s Study Shows Urban Teens Affirming Their Parents’ Rules
    In a study of parental monitoring, assistant professor Simone Ispa-Landa interviewed urban African American teenagers to learn how they make sense of their parents’ rules. In contrast to earlier studies of adolescents, the teenagers in her study affirmed their parents’ rules as reasonable.

  • Lindsay Till Hoyt Selected as Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar
    Lindsay Till Hoyt, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy program, was selected as a Health and Society Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This highly competitive program is designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change related to the health of the U.S. population. Only 12 scholars are selected nationwide.

  • On Public Radio Jim Rosenbaum Describes Positive Impact of Housing Mobility Programs
    A public radio story on housing mobility programs quotes professor James Rosenbaum, who has followed families involved in a 1990s program known as Gautreaux that moved people from Chicago housing projects to remote middle class suburbs. He found “down the line, really big improvements,” for the outcomes of the children who moved compared to their counterparts who stayed in poor urban neighborhoods.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Discusses Gains from Pre-K on MSNBC TV Show; View at 'Up' Video Tab
    On the February 16 Up with Chris Hayes show, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach discusses the lifelong gains linked to quality pre-K. From the http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/15/feb-16-the-minimum-wage-universal-pre-k/ VIDEO tab, scroll "Up with Chris Hayes" videos to "Students in pre-K show greater life gains."

  • Evanston Now: David Figlio Advises Use of Rigorous Data to Evaluate Mixed-Level Classes
    Professor David Figlio, who has been working with Evanston Township High School administrators to evaluate mixed-level humanities classes, warns against using subjective data such as grades. A School Board candidate used grades to conclude that putting regular and honors students in the same classes has failed to improve the performance of African American and Latino students.

  • Tim Dohrer to Become Director of Teacher Education
    Timothy Dohrer, the current principal of New Trier Township High School’s Winnetka campus and an instructor for the School of Education and Social Policy, will become the director of teacher education for SESP starting in the 2013-14 academic year. He will succeed Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, who is retiring after leading the teacher education program for 22 years.

  • Jim Spillane Gives Keynote at National Science Foundation Partnership Conference
    Professor James Spillane gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership Program in Washington, D.C. The title of the keynote talk on February 11 was "Policy, School Administration and Teaching: Implementation and Infrastructure."

  • Evanston Now: David Figlio Evaluates Mixed-Level Classes for Evanston High School
    SESP professor David Figlio is heading a team to evaluate the effects of mixing levels in freshman classes at Evanston Township High School. Figlio says he needs about five years to do a meaningful evaluation. The initiative was launched as an experiment to help students, primarily minorities, who failed to qualify for a spot in an honors class based on test scores while still in middle school, according to Evanston Now.

  • Center for Talent Development Launches Summer Program Site in Lake Forest
    SESP's Center for Talent Development will open a summer program site at Lake Forest Country Day School for 4- through 8-year-olds. CTD serves gifted children and their families at locations throughout the Chicago area, as well as on the Northwestern campus.

  • LiveScience Interviews David Rapp about Historical Inaccuracies in Films
    Associate professor David Rapp's research has found that when people are told stories that include facts they know are wrong, they later repeat the misinformation as true. This can be problematic with historical films that are not necessarily accurate. People draw upon all the knowledge they have, fact and fiction, but are bad at remembering their sources.

  • David Figlio Discusses School Accountability and Choice on C-SPAN
    C-SPAN features SESP professor and Institute for Policy Research director David Figlio addressing an audience at the University of Florida Law School, evaluating school choice and accountability.

  • New HP Grant Supports Teacher Workshops for Online Remote Science Labs
    The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) has received a new grant from HP to develop online workshops for science teachers. SESP professor Kemi Jona, the director of OSEP, is spearheading the project. Three learning experiences will prepare teachers to use online remote laboratories for their science classes.

  • Oklahoman: David Figlio Lauds Oklahoma's School Report Cards
    An editorial in the Oklahoman cites professor David Figlio's approval of the Oklahoma's A-F school report card system as a model of a clear and balanced system. Figlio studies school accountability and choice.

  • SESP Fund Supports Global Engagement Summit Co-Chaired by Senior Joan DeGennaro
    SESP senior Joan DeGennaro received a $1,000 grant from the SESP Opportunities Fund to support the 2013 Global Engagement Summit (GES). DeGennaro is co-chair of GES, a Northwestern initiative to develop leadership for solving global problems.

  • iLab Project Wins Innovations in Networking Award
    The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) awarded the iLab Network of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) the 2013 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications. The iLab Network is a remote science laboratory program that allows high school students to access world-class laboratory equipment online.