August 2013 News Stories

August 2013 News Stories

  • Nancy Deutsch (PhD04) Wins Outstanding Professor Award at University of Virginia School of Education
    Nancy Deutsch (PhD04), a graduate of the Human Development and Social Policy program at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy, received the 2013 Outstanding Professor Award at University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is an associate professor.

  • SESP Hosts Summer Graduation for MSEd Program
    Along with students in Northwestern's Master of Science in Communication program, 54 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy's Master of Science in Education program received diplomas on August 3.

  • NPR: David Figlio Says New Standards Will Impact Expectations, Not School Grading Formula, in Florida
    For an NPR report, professor David Figlio discusses the impact of the new Common Core standards in Florida. There’s nothing about Common Core that invalidates the current system of grading schools, he says. The more difficult issue is where to set expectations — and that’s a political discussion.

  • High School STEM Research Program Expands This Fall
    As a way to give high school students authentic science experiences, the STEM Student Research program supports the development of independent student research courses, clubs and curricula. This fall STEM Student Research will ramp up training for high school teachers and add an innovative mentoring system for student projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • Simone Ispa-Landa Blogs about Trayvon Martin Case and Need for Society to Protect Kids
    "Black families are not failing in their efforts to protect their children. Rather, it is the broader society – including the lingering effects of centuries of race-based exclusion, segregation, and cultural devaluation – that are making it so difficult for Black families to keep their kids safe," says assistant professor Simone Ispa-Landa in a blog post tied to the Trayvon Martin case.

  • Medill Video Shows How FUSE Program's Chicago STEAM Studio Adds Art to STEM
    The FUSE program set up a one-week STEAM studio for at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of a larger effort to integrate art and design into the math and science curricula in middle and high schools. FUSE program coordinator Maggie Waldron comments on the initiative.

  • Kirabo Jackson in Chicago Tribune: Single-Gender Public School Options Increasing
    Assistant professor Kirabo Jackson, who studies the impact of single-gender schooling, comments on single-gender schooling options in Chicago. It is now easier and more affordable to send students to single-gender schools, according to Jackson.

  • NPR: David Figlio Says Florida School Grading System Has Right Priorities
    Professor David Figlio, who studies school accountability systems, praises Florida's system for emphasizing improvements made by the students who score lowest on tests. He would like to see refinements plus a new inspectorate system.

  • New Master of Science in Education Fellows Announced
    The School of Education and Social Policy announces 11 new graduate fellows for the 2013-14 academic year — John Anderson-Lynch, Thomas Clark, Sean Guo, Jonathan Holcomb, Zachary Karasek, Amanda King, James Megahan, Christine Meng, Joshua Paschedag, Amy Stuenkel and Lisa Weber, all students in the Master of Science in Education Program.

  • Graduate Student Liz Smith Named Knowles Teaching Fellow
    Elizabeth Mai Smith, a graduate student at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, has been chosen to receive a five-year teaching fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Smith is an incoming student in the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program.

  • SESP Welcomes New Students as School Year Begins
    The School of Education and Social Policy is welcoming 49 new undergraduates and 184 new graduate students with orientation activities this fall. In addition, the entire SESP community is invited to an all-school welcome back social on September 26.

  • Jon Guryan Studies How to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency
    Associate professor Jonathan Guryan is exploring the underlying problems behind youth delinquency and violence. His current study of delinquency has found that training in cognitive behavioral therapy helps to prevent repeat offenses.

  • Kemi Jona Describes STEM Education Partnerships on Panel with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
    Professor Kemi Jona of the School of Education and Social Policy participated in a panel led by U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to discuss effective partnerships for promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, which prepares students for 21st-century careers.

  • Frankfurter Allgemeine: David Figlio Compares US, German Systems to School Competition in Sweden
    With Swedish voucher system, competition among private and public schools is good for schools. In Frankfurter Allgemeine, professor David Figlio explains the US system, which lacks universal vouchers, and comments on the transparency of the German educational system.

  • STEM Student Research Program Expands with Motorola Foundation Grant
    The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation for its STEM Student Research program. The funding will help to increase research opportunities for high school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through teacher professional development programs, student mentoring and research experiences.

  • Marian Catholic Hosts Center for Talent Development Weekend Experience
    Offered at Marian Catholic High School and other sites, the Center for Talent Development's Accelerated Weekend Experience provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration of special topics. Read more at