October 2013 News Stories

October 2013 News Stories

  • New Undergraduate Leadership Board to Advise on Student Programs
    The School of Education and Social Policy has a new way to provide undergraduates with meaningful programs and events. A new SESP Leadership and Programming Board, a group of 10 undergraduate volunteers, is now advising the School on planning student events and increasing student engagement.

  • Learning Sciences PhD Program Prepares Graduates for Leadership in Learning Designs
    The Learning Sciences program at Northwestern University was the first of its kind in the nation, and faculty and alumni continue to be leaders in this expanding field. The program prepares graduates to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning. Research and course work emphasize instructional and technological innovations as well as the design of effective learning and teaching environments.

  • Good News about Reducing the Achievement Gap
    Working paper by associate professor Jonathan Guryan and his colleagues describes the success of an intensive dual-pronged intervention The report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) challenges the conventional wisdom that it is too late to improve the academic outcomes of at-risk students once they have reached adolescence.

  • Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon Inspires Art Institute Docents with Interpretive Approach
    When SESP professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon delivered the Nordenberg Invited Lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, museum docents learned how to use the interpretive discussion techniques emphasized in her three books. An expert on interpretation and discussion in education, Haroutunian-Gordon spoke to 150 docents and 50 staff members about how to encourage children to interpret works of art.

  • FUSE Launches Partnership with Schaumburg Schools
    With hands-on challenges designed to engage students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), the FUSE informal learning program is launching in Schaumburg K-8 schools. An event on October 4, attended by U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth celebrated the new partnership.

  • Michael Wolf's New Study: Overhauling Confusing Prescription Drug Instructions
    Associate professor Michael Wolf is collaborating with Walgreens, Alliance of Chicago community health centers and Merck on a study to provide standard, clear instructions on prescription medicine labels so patients don’t make mistakes taking their daily medications. His earlier research shows patients are confused by medication instructions.

  • Jim Spillane's Ed Week Blog: Leading and Managing Instructional Improvement
    In Education Week professor James Spillane blogs about four ways to improve instruction in schools -- by changing everyday work practice in classrooms and schools, embracing work practice as a social activity, strengthening infrastructures and having a diagnostic and design mindset.

  • Alumni Share Their Career Paths with Undergraduates at Career Event
    SESP undergraduates gathered to hear alumni tell about their career paths at a career event over Reunion Weekend. The event gave students ideas about potential careers and forged connections with alumni.

  • David Figlio Presents Child Development Research in Colombia
    The School of Education and Social Policy will reach out to a new country when professor David Figlio addresses the International Research Seminar on Educational Quality in Colombia next month. Figlio will discuss his new child development research in a talk in Bogota entitled “The Effects of Poor Neonatal Health on Children's Cognitive Development.”

  • Tim Dohrer Named to Advisory Boards for Education Organizations
    Timothy Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program, was appointed by Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch to the Midwest Comprehensive Center advisory board. He was also invited to join the board of Family Action Network, a community education organization. This month, he will address Illinois principals at a state convention.

  • Claudia Haase’s New Study Links DNA to Marital Happiness
    A new study by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase and her fellow researchers found a genetic link to marital happiness. A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin can predict how much our emotions affect our relationships, according to this study.

  • Center for Talent Development Offers Weekend Experience in Lake Forest October 26-27
    The Center for Talent Development's Accelerated Weekend Experience program will again be offered on the Lake Forest Country Day School campus the weekend of October 26 and 27.

  • Deborah Gold (PhD86) Receives Distinguished Mentorship Award
    Deborah Gold (PhD86), an associate professor at Duke University, is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America. Gold is a graduate of the SESP Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program.

  • CBS News and Many Other Media Outlets Feature Claudia Haase's Marital Happiness Research
    A new study by assistant professor Claudia Haase and her colleagues found that genes play a role in marital happiness. The study found that people who have a certain gene variant, known as the HTTLPR allele, were more likely to be strongly affected by emotions in their marriage.

  • Diane Schanzenbach in Crain's: Food Stamps Consistent with Milton Friedman
    In an opinion piece in Crain's, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach argues that famed economist Milton Friedman advocated providing anti-poverty benefits in the most efficient, flexible way possible. "We come pretty close to his ideal system through the combination of the earned income tax credit and the food stamp program," Schanzenbach says.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale’s Newest Two-Generation Project Focuses on Head Start
    Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale’s research has shown that two-generation education — an approach targeting parents and children simultaneously — is a promising anti-poverty strategy for families. With a new federal grant, Chase-Lansdale will investigate the impact of a dual-generation education program that involves Head Start.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Wins Vernon Prize for Excellent Research
    Associate professor Diane Schanzenbach is a winner of the 2013 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award, presented by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management to recognize excellent research. An article she co-authored about the impact of small class size on postsecondary attainment won the award for the best paper published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management last year.

  • In Memoriam: Shinae Chun (MA71)
    Shinae Chun (MA71), who served as director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2001 to 2009, died on October 15. In 2005, the School of Education and Social Policy honored Chun with its Alumni Merit Award,

  • Biotechnology Day Introduces High School Students to Biotech Field
    Hands-on activities, lab tours and panel discussions introduced the field of biotechnology to 125 Chicago high school students who visited Northwestern's campus for Biotechnology Day. The event was organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).

  • Huffington Post Interviews Dan McAdams about Personality and Happiness
    Personality traits are remarkably stable over time, according to professor Dan McAdams, but change can come from adapting values, motives and goals to improve happiness. "We see really interesting, and sometimes dramatic change, at the level of people’s goals and their motives and their values and that’s just as important a part of personality," says McAdams, author of The Person and The Redemptive Self.

  • Atlantic Reports Simone Ispa-Landa's Finding That Black Girls Face Bias at Suburban Schools
    An Atlantic article highlights research by assistant professor Simone Ispa-Landa that shows minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."

  • MSLOC Students Selected for Prestigious National Case Competition
    Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) students Andrea (Bea) La O’ and Kelsey Schalkle have already scored an impressive win by being selected for one of the nation’s most prestigious case competitions. They will compete as members of a Northwestern team at the National MBA Human Capital Case Competition in Nashville from October 24 to 26.

  • Brian Reiser Keynotes Illinois Science Education Conference
    Professor Brian Reiser’s keynote talk at the Illinois Science Education Conference on October 25 will highlight the importance of new standards adopted by Illinois for improving K-12 science teaching. Addressing hundreds of educators, Reiser will discuss “What Do the 2011 NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards Mean for K-12 Science?”

  • Washington Post Cites Kirabo Jackson's Study of Teachers and Non-Cognitive Skills
    A blog in the Washington Post refers to associate professor Kirabo Jackson's study of the impact of teachers on both test scores and non-cognitive skills. He found that “many teachers who are among the best at improving test scores may be among the worst at improving non-cognitive skills.” In addition, teacher effects on the non-cognitive factor explain significant variability in longer-run outcomes.

  • Chicago Tribune: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Helps Launch FUSE in Schaumburg
    Schaumburg welcomed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth on October 25 as District 54 formally launched its FUSE programs in partnership with Northwestern University's Office of STEM Education Partnerships. FUSE engages students through hands-on, inquiry-based challenges in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Diane Schanzenbach Advises Japan on Trade-Offs in Early Childhood Education Policy
    “It’s important to keep in mind that early childhood education is both childcare for mother’s employment, and it’s human capital investment,” SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach told Japanese policy makers recently. Schanzenbach was invited to Japan as a guest of the Japanese government for a discussion of early childhood education.

  • SESP Faculty Address Urban Challenges at Global Conference
    Several School of Education and Social Policy faculty members will take part in a high-profile international conference on how university research can meet the challenges of urban growth around the world. “Global Urban Challenges: The Role of Universities” brings together leaders from more than 30 of the world’s top research universities, including SESP professors Jim Spillane, David Figlio, Cynthia Coburn, Fay Lomax Cook and James Rosenbaum.

  • Corey Winchester (BS10) Wins State Teaching Award
    Corey Winchester (BS10), who graduated from SESP as a secondary teaching major, received a Those Who Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education. Winchester teaches history and social studies at Evanston Township High School.

  • David Figlio Visits Munich to Promote Research Network, Share Education Expertise
    Munich was a destination for David Figlio twice this fall as he furthered his work to strengthen education research and improve education. He participated in a meeting of the CESifo global network on the economics of education, and he delivered a talk about online education at a conference on information and communication technologies.

  • Jim Spillane Keynotes International Learning Leadership Conference in Barcelona
    Professor James Spillane will give a keynote address at the international conference of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Barcelona. The Barcelona International Conference on Learning Leadership brings together education experts, leaders, scholars, foundation representatives and policy makers from around the world.

  • Claudia Haase’s Studies Find Keys to Marital Happiness
    Recent studies by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase and her fellow researchers found that two keys to marital happiness were in the genes and in the wife’s response to conflict.