2013 News Stories

2013 News Stories

  • January 2013 News Stories

    • Wall Street Journal Features Michael Wolf's Study on Readable Medicine Labels
      The Wall Street Journal features assistant professor Michael Wolf's study of medicine labels in an article about new designs for drug packages that are easier to understand. Wolf's study found labels with larger-font writing and more explicit instructions help people stick to their drug regimens.

    • David Figlio, Carol Lee Named to Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings
      School of Education and Social Policy professors David Figlio and Carol Lee were named to Frederick Hess’s third annual Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. Hess, the American Enterprise Institute director of education and an Education Week blogger, spotlights scholars who work to move ideas about education into the national conversation.

    • Boston Globe: Kirabo Jackson's Study Highlights What Testing Doesn't Show about Why Teachers Matter
      The Boston Globe features assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's new research showing that scores on cognitive tests capture only part of the value added by teachers. This research for the National Bureau of Economic Research shows noncognitive abilities mean more down the line for college attendance and wages earned.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named to Health Scholars National Committee
      The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale for the National Advisory Committee of its Health & Society Scholars program. The national committee oversees this initiative to improve Americans’ health by building capacity for research, leadership and policy change.

    • NPR Marketplace: Elizabeth Gerber Discusses Crowdfunding Websites
      During a segment on National Public Radio's Marketplace, assistant professor Elizabeth Gerber explains the five main reasons why people give on crowdfunding websites.

    • Montreal Gazette Reports David Figlio's Research on Children's Names
      Research by professor David Figlio found that children's names had an effect on their educational experience. For example, boys with feminine names are more disruptive in school than boys with masculine names, and girls with masculine names are more likely to pursue math and science than girls with feminine names.

    • SESP Professors to Speak on Future of Education
      A panel discussion on the future of education will feature SESP professors David Figlio, Mesmin Destin, Kirabo Jackson and Kemi Jona, along with two other Northwestern University researchers. “Academic Achievement in a Global Society” will be held at 7 p.m. on January 23 at Evanston Township High School and is open to the public.

    • OSEP Offers Fuse Drop-In Science Program at Evanston Library
      Evanston Public Library is one of two Evanston sites for the Fuse drop-in program, which engages youth in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through hands-on exploratory challenges. The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) offers the program to build students' skills through highly motivating activities.

    • Huffington Post Features Dan McAdams's Study of Human Need for Narrative Identity
      Narrative Identity is the focus of an emerging field in psychology, led by SESP professor Dan McAdams and other psychologists who examine people's stories convey who they are. McAdams focuses on redemption as a recurring theme in the way people tell their life stories.

    • PBS Features Diane Schanzenbach's Case for a 'Child Policy Czar'
      In a PBS opinion piece, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach maintains that the President should appoint a Child Policy Czar. "The administration would be well served to appoint an expert who can elevate and coordinate policy across different agencies," she says.

    • With Alumnae Grant, ABCD Institute Creates Community ‘Toolbox’
      A grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern University allowed the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) to create a “tool kit” for community groups. The web-based resource contains 17 tools that facilitate asset-based community development in neighborhoods around the United States and the world.

    • Cynthia Coburn Backs Research-Practice Partnerships as ‘Game-Changers’ for Schools
      “Research-practice partnerships are a promising strategy for improving schools and districts,” SESP professor Cynthia Coburn says. In a new policy paper she and her co-authors describe these new types of relationships between researchers and school districts that can strengthen schools.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Elected to National Academy of Education
      School of Education and Social Policy professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education because of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, is dedicated to advancing high-quality education research and its use in policy formulation.

  • 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.

  • March 2013 News Stories

    • Northwestern Magazine Quotes Lois Trautvetter on Value of 'Gap Year'
      A Northwestern magazine feature about students who spend a "gap year" working or volunteering before college quotes Lois Trautvetter, director of the Higher Education Administration and Policy program. She says colleges should be amenable to the gap year as a way for students to ready themselves for taking advantage of what a college has to offer.

    • Daily Press Cites David Figlio's Study on Impact of School Voucher System
      A Daily Press editorial argues for alternative schools funded through private donations and tax credits to provide a competitive incentive for existing schools to improve. Professor David Figlio's study of Florida's tax credit program found that schools with greater threats of losing students to private schools improved their test scores more than schools with fewer threats.

    • Chicago Tribune Highlights Center for Talent Development Weekend Experiences
      "The Center for Talent Development offers exceptional weekend courses for academically gifted children in cities across the country," Chicago Tribune reports. On March 16-17, gifted students will explore Earth Science (grades 5 and 6) or The World Wide Web (grades 7 and 8) with experts in the field at Northwestern.

    • USA Today Cites Kirabo Jackson's Study of Cash Incentives for Students
      A report on Indiana's new program to give students and teachers cash incentives for passing AP scores cites assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's research. In a Texas study, Jackson found that students in the incentive program had better grades and were more likely to succeed in college.

    • Singapore Educators Visit SESP to Learn about Interdisciplinary Innovation
      Six representatives from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore visited SESP on a “learning journey” to U.S. educational and corporate institutions that are innovative and interdisciplinary. Teddy Zmrhal (LS97), a director with IDEO international design and innovation consulting firm, arranged the visit as part of the Singapore school’s strategic planning.

    • Huffington Post Cites David Figlio's Study about Impact of Voucher System on Public Schools
      A Huffington Post blog refutes the argument that public schools are negatively impacted by private school choice programs by citing professor David Figlio's research. Figlio found the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program in 2001 led to test score gains in the public schools most likely to lose students to private schools.

    • Opening Life Opportunities with Two-Generation Education
      Two-generation programs have taken the spotlight recently as an innovative way to meet the educational needs of low-income parents and their children. These twin-focus programs simultaneously provide children with high-quality early education and parents with job training. The overall goal is to help families build greater stability in their economic circumstances and family life. Professor P. Lindsay Chase- Lansdale is leading the charge.

    • Indianapolis Star Cites Kirabo Jackson's Study of Cash Incentives for AP Exams
      In a story about Indianapolis students receiving cash incentives for passing AP tests, the Indianapolis Star cites assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's study that found students in a cash incentive program had better grades and were more likely to succeed in college.

    • Liz Gerber's Forbes Blog Stresses Four Habits of Social Innovators
      According to assistant professor Liz Gerber, the founder of Design for America, social innovators practice these four habits daily: read, reflect, reframe, reach out. "If we truly want to change the world in which we live, we must change our daily habits," she says in a Forbes blog.

    • Mayor Checks Out Fuse After-School Program at Humboldt Library
      Touring the Humboldt Park Library last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a firsthand introduction to the Fuse out-of-school program designed to pique teenagers’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts/design and math. The program was developed by SESP professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens.

    • Brian Reiser Co-Heads Innovative Project for Next-Generation Science Teaching Models
      Professor Brian Reiser, a leader in the effort to improve science teaching in schools, is helping to develop an innovative research-based teacher learning resource for K-12 science education called the Next Generation Science Exemplar.

    • Diane Schanzenbach's Christian Science Monitor Op-Ed Pans Sugary Drink Bans for Food Stamp Users
      In a Christian Science Monitor commentary, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach says that the same flaws that caused a New York judge to overturn Mayor Bloomberg's ban on big sugary drinks are inherent in proposals to ban the purchase of sugary drinks using food stamps. Such bans are unlikely to help fight obesity and can do substantial damage to the safety net.

    • PhD Student Eric Brown and Penny Bender Sebring (PhD85) Present 'Connected Learning' Model for Evanston
      Evanston Roundtable reports on a presentation by PhD student Eric Brown and Penny Bender Sebring (PhD85), who studied the YouSTEM program of "connected learning" at the Chicago Public Library. This drop-in program serving 350 to 500 high school students each week offers a model of "connected learning" incorporating students’ interests, peer culture and academic content, as does the SESP drop-in program, Fuse.

    • Education Week Quotes Brian Reiser about Survey Suggesting Hurdles for Math, Science Teachers
      Education Week reports a new survey of teachers that shows a mismatch between classroom practices and new standards in mathematics and science. Professor Brian Reiser comments on how "dramatically different" explaining science ideas to the whole class is from requiring students to supply evidence in support of their claims, as the new science standards will emphasize.

    • Fuse Joins City of Chicago’s Summer of Learning Initiative
      The Fuse drop-in program that draws young people into science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with “cool” hands-on activities is part of the City’s new Summer of Learning initiative. The largest summer learning effort in the nation, Summer of Learning is intended to infuse learning into summer programs that young people across the city attend when school is out.

    • SESP Sophomores Win Dance Marathon Fundraising Awards
      Three SESP students took home top fundraising awards for this year’s Northwestern University Dance Marathon, which raised a record-breaking $1.2 million for two charities. Dance Marathon awarded individual fundraising trophies to sophomores Emily Glaser, Laynie Held and Zari Barzilai.

    • Scott Galson (MS06) a Finalist for Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
      Scott Galson (MS06), a graduate of both the Master of Science in Education program and the NU-TEACH alternative certification program, is one of 32 finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches algebra and statistics at Walter Payton College Prep High School.

    • Senior Melissa Brown Wins Campus Life Award
      The Division of Student Affairs honored senior Melissa Brown, the president of National Pan-Hellenic Council, with a Campus Life Award for winter quarter 2013. The award recognizes students who have significantly contributed to quality of student life.

    • Sandra Waxman's Research Sheds Light on Early Language Development
      A recent study by Sandra Waxman is bringing researchers closer to discovering the impact of different languages on language and cognitive development in infants.

    • Metropolis: Elizabeth Gerber Says Top 10 Lists Opposite of Innovation
      The issue of Metropolis magazine on innovation features an article by learning sciences professor Elizabeth Gerber on why top to ignore top 10 lists. For many reasons, they are the opposite of innovation, she says.

    • Evanston Now Features SESP Philanthropy Class
      The SESP class Learning Philanthropy and Engaging in the Study and Practice of Giving will engage students in the history and practice of giving and allow them to donate $100,000 to charitable organizations.

    • Douglas Medin Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
      Northwestern University psychologist Douglas Medin will be honored with the William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research from the Association for Psychological Science. The award is the psychology association’s most prestigious honor.

    • David Figlio Leads National Network for Harnessing Large Data Sets
      SESP professor David Figlio, director of the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research, is leading a project to launch a major national network of scholars, policymakers and administrators to build and use large data sets for education research. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Recognized by American Association for the Advancement of Science
      Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, is being featured on the AAAS website as part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the organization’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. Chase-Lansdale was a fellow in 1981. Her profile is featured at http://www.aaaspolicyfellowships.org/40-directory-0.

    • Miriam Sherin’s New Book on Teacher Noticing Wins Award
      The American Education Research Association selected Mathematics Teacher Noticing, edited by SESP professor Miriam Sherin, Victoria Jacobs and Randolph Philipp, for the Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award.

    • Jim Spillane Visits China and Malaysia to Discuss Leadership for School Improvement
      Professor James Spillane visited China and Malaysia in March to deliver talks and confer with professors, policymakers and scholars about school improvement. He is a visiting professor at the University of Malaya as part of the university’s Academic Icon program.

    • Do Single-Sex Schools Improve Learning?
      Since little solid evidence exists on how single-sex schooling affects achievement, assistant professor Kirabo Jackson set out to study the question. He used unique data from Trinidad and Tobago, , where in contrast to the United States almost all single-sex schools are public.

  • April 2013 News Stories

    • SESP Students Benison Choi, David Harris, Jo Lee Run for Associated Student Government Leadership
      Learning and organizational change students Benison Choi, David Harris and Jo Lee are running for top leadership positions in Northwestern University's Associated Student Government.

    • Summer Workshops Inspire Teaching of Biotechnology
      Pioneering research scientists inspired Chicago teachers at a spring symposium to kick off a summer series of workshops in biotechnology teaching. This summer teacher workshops continue to prepare teachers for biotechnology teaching that can give students an edge in cutting-edge science.

    • Chicago Tribune Highlights Center for Talent Development Program at Lake Forest Country Day
      The Center for Talent Development Accelerated Weekend Experience program will be offered on the Lake Forest Country Day School campus on April 27 and 28. Java Computer Programming and Marine Biology are the two courses that comprise the weekend experience.

    • Kemi Jona Presents on New STEM Education Initiatives at Illinois Innovation Day
      Professor Kemi Jona gave a presentation on new STEM education initiatives in Illinois at the Illinois Innovation Day event on April 11 in Springfield. Preparing Illinois students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the goal of a new state plan for “learning exchanges” linking educational opportunities and business resources, and Jona has been involved in the state effort to establish these education-business partnerships.

    • Loeschner Lecture on Leadership Launches with Teach for America Founder
      The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership series kicks off with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp discussing her efforts to improve educational equality. Presented by the School of Education and Social Policy, the lecture series has the goal of inspiring students to become leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.

    • PBS Story on Indiana Supreme Court Case Cites David Figlio's School Voucher Study
      A PBS story on the Indiana Supreme Court case challenging the use of private school vouchers cites professor David Figlio's study of the Florida system, where test scores of students who didn't use vouchers improved. Private school competition from vouchers may cause public schools to improve.

    • Three SESP Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants
      SESP students Aria Fiat, Mallory Mattimore-Malan and Morgan Purrier were awarded Undergraduate Research and Conference Travel Grants by the Northwestern University Office of the Provost recently.

    • Jim Spillane Awarded Ver Steeg Research Fellowship
      Professor James Spillane has been awarded the 2013 Ver Steeg Research Fellowship. The $36,000 annual award supports research and scholarship by a tenured Northwestern professor that enhances the national and international reputation of the University.

    • Enid Rosario-Ramos (PhD11) Honored with Two Awards for Scholarship
      Enid Rosario-Ramos (MS06, PhD11) will be honored with two top writing awards at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) that runs from April 27 through May 1 in San Francisco. A graduate of the Learning Sciences program, she is an assistant professor at the School of Education of the University of Michigan.

    • Victor Lee (PhD09) Wins Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Achievement
      Victor Lee (PhD09) won the Jan Hawkins Award for early career achievement presented by the American Education Research Association (AERA) in 2013. He is an assistant professor at Utah State University, where he is a learning scientist and instructional technologist.

    • Senior Aria Fiat Wins Fulbright for Teaching in France
      Senior Aria Fiat recently won a Fulbright fellowship to teach in France for the 2013-14 academic year. She applied for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program because it allows her to combine two of her passions: teaching and France.

    • Huffington Post Highlights SESP Philanthropy Course
      A Huffington Post blog comments on courses in philanthropy taught at Northwestern and other colleges. Elizabeth Marquardt expresses the opinion that "today's students, taught the principles of giving and serving humanity, and even given a chance to take those principles out for a spin thanks to the generosity of a Texas-based foundation, will find new ways to improve our nation."

    • Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp Stresses Leadership at Inaugural Loeschner Lecture
      “I have come to believe that leadership is at the heart of every problem we face,” declared Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America. She delivered the inaugural Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership on April 17.

    • Kemi Jona Named HP Catalyst Academy Fellow for STEM Education
      SESP professor Kemi Jona, the director of Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP), has been named one of 15 inaugural HP Catalyst Academy Fellows. Academy fellows will provide free, high-quality, online learning experiences to educators around the globe.

    • Carol Lee Lectures on Learning Sciences at Barcelona University
      Professor Carol Lee was one of eight prominent learning scientists who lectured at the First International Scientific Seminar in Learning Sciences in Barcelona on April 6. The seminar convened at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC

    • SESP Faculty, Students Give Presentations at AERA Conference
      At the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco from April 27 to May 1, 60 Northwestern University faculty members and graduate students will give presentations about their education research. Professor Miriam Sherin, Victor Lee (PhD09) and Enid Rosario-Ramos (PhD11) will receive awards.

    • Al Jazeera: Miriam Sherin Comments on the Lessons from Boston, What Video Can and Cannot Do
      In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, professor Miriam Sherin comments on the images that played a key role in identifying, capturing and ultimately charging the Boston bombing suspect. "Yet video itself is simply a record, an image. It is what investigators and the public did with those images that made the difference. They took notice."

    • Wall Street Journal: David Figlio Comments on Online Courses
      In an article on online courses for entrepreneurs, Wall Street Journal notes that David Figlio, who has conducted research on online learning, says that much of the time, students can miss out on the physical cues and communication that happen in a real-world class."

  • May 2013 News Stories

    • Izabel Duarte Olson Wins Best Student Paper Award at AERA
      Learning Sciences doctoral student Izabel Duarte Olson won an award for best student paper at the American Education Research Association annual meeting. Olson’s paper explores how people’s social experiences affect their thinking about complex phenomena.

    • Senior Hailey Daniesewicz Brings Inspiration to Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing
      Senior Hailey Daniesewicz blogs about her trip to Boston to talk with victims who sustained amputations as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing. Danisewicz, an athlete and amputee, writes, "I longingly wished that I could meet some of these people and tell them that they could still run marathons and do triathlons and live big beautiful lives. I wanted to be there for them, just like the rest of this country."

    • Scott Galson (MS06) Wins Golden Apple Award
      Scott Galson (MS06), a mathematics teacher at Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago, won a Golden Apple Award for Teacher Excellence this year. Only 10 teachers in the Chicago area are honored with Golden Apple Awards annually.

    • Chicago Tonight Interviews Jeanne Olson (MS96) about Her Work Helping Parents to Understand School Closing Data
      Adjunct faculty member Jeanne Olson (MS96) was interviewed on Chicago Tonight about her work analyzing data related to Chicago school closings. Olson launched a project called Apples 2 Apples to help parents understand Chicago Public Schools data.

    • Senior Jessica Holden's Nominee Wins Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award
      SESP senior Jessica Holden was one of 100 Northwestern students who nominated a high school teacher for the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. Holden will join Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher when she and four other teachers receive the award at Commencement.

    • Symposium, Hands-On Workshops Promote Biotechnology Teaching
      Bringing today’s science into Chicago classrooms is the driving goal of a summer series of professional development workshops in biotechnology teaching that kicks off May 14 with a symposium on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The event — “Bringing Biotech from the Bench to the K-12 Classroom — will allow educators to learn from world-class scientists.

    • Learning Sciences Student Peter Leonard Wins Education Pioneers Fellowship
      Peter Leonard, a Learning Sciences student, was awarded an Education Pioneers Fellowship to work with the Chicago New Teacher Center. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners.

    • Cindy Conlon’s Students Hear Oral Argument at Supreme Court
      Nine students in Cindy Conlon’s Supreme Court Workshop had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to hear oral argument at the Supreme Court. Their unique trip also included special tours and discussions with legal experts.

    • Winner of Secondary Teacher Award Will Be SESP Convocation Speaker
      The featured speaker at the SESP Convocation on June 21 is Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher, an English teacher at Rufus King International School in Milwaukee. She is a 2013 winner of the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award, nominated by SESP senior Jessica Holden.

    • Master’s Student Allison Parker Wins Education Pioneers Fellowship
      Allison Parker, an elementary teaching student in the Master of Science in Education program, won an Education Pioneers Fellowship for this summer. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners.

    • Medill Reports: Teachers Become Students at Biotechnology Symposium
      A biotechnology conference and summer development series are designed to give teachers the training and lab equipment necessary to inspire students in STEM careers.

    • Supplies for Dreams Hosts Elementary School Students for College Field Trip
      Senior Aria Fiat tells Medill Reports about the Award-a-Field-Trip program for the student-run nonprofit she co-founded, Supplies for Dreams. Students from Moos Elementary School visited Northwestern on May 18 as part of the Supplies for Dreams effort to provide enrichment and school supplies for Chicago students.

    • Video: Diane Schanzenbach, Jeanne Olson (MS96) Discuss Chicago School Closings on WTTW
      After the Chicago School Board voted to close 50 schools, SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach and adjunct lecturer Jeanne Olson (MS96) analyze the decision and its repercussions on Chicago Tonight.

    • David Uttal Presents Research on Early Childhood Interest in STEM at Congressional Reception
      The Society for Research in Child Development featured an exhibit by SESP professor David Uttal at a congressional reception on May 7. Uttal presented his research on "Developing Early Interest and Skill in STEM: Hands-On Activities and Parent-Child Conversations" with Catherine Haden at the 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception.

    • SESP Hosts High School Science Project Showcase
      Nearly 70 high school students presented their science projects at the Northwestern University High School Project Showcase on May 20. The annual showcase helps to encourage high school students’ excitement about science as well as their aspirations for a selective college such as Northwestern.

    • SESP Students Shine at Undergraduate Research Expo
      Alyssa Lloyd, Victoria Romba and Alex Straley were chosen to give oral presentations at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition on May 20. Aria Fiat, Mallory Mattimore-Malan, Erica McLin, Levi Mele, Morgan Purrier, Rose Sloan and Adriana Stanovici were selected for poster presentations.

    • Diane Schanzenbach in Chicago Tribune: 'Moving Forward in the Wake of School Closings'
      Associate professor Diane Schanzenbach maintains in an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune that the best research suggests that the Chicago school closings "are unlikely to cause long-term harm to students." Her research finds a temporary decrease in test scores and then a return to the original trajectory.

    • SESP-Museum Education Partnership Wins National Award
      The Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP), a program co-led by SESP, won the 2013 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) education award for excellence in programming. This multi-year reform effort for high-needs Chicago schools targeted teachers of grades K to 3 with a range of resources to improve science teaching and science leadership development.

    • Mike Horn’s Life on Earth Exhibit Now on Display at Field Museum
      The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is now displaying an innovative exhibit developed by SESP assistant professor Michael Horn and his colleagues. The Life on Earth installation invites discovery about evolution and the history of life on Earth.

    • Chicago Tribune Quotes Jon Guryan on Promising Program for Truancy Prevention
      Preliminary data from a study of the Check and Connect mentoring program indicate that the weekly, hourlong visits or calls from mentors reduced school absences by 10 to 25 percent among the fifth- through eighth-grade participants, associate professor Jonathan Guryan, one of the program researchers, told the Chicago Tribune.

    • Evanston Students Sample Northwestern Campus at Kits 'n' Cats Day
      More than 100 Evanston Township High School (ETHS) sophomores and juniors got a close look at college life during Kits 'n' Cats@NU, a daylong college awareness program held at Northwestern and supported by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships.

  • June 2013 News Stories

    • Medill Reports: Kemi Jona Comments on Initiative to Link Arts to STEM Education
      SESP professor Kemi Jona comments on the push to add art to the national STEM agenda, making a new acronym, STEAM. The STEM initiative promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    • Center for Talent Development Tours Introduce Young Low-Income Students to College
      The Center for Talent Development is leading an effort to introduce low-income minority students to college by hosting school groups for campus visits. Student groups from Indianapolis and Chicago elementary schools had memorable experiences at Northwestern recently.

    • Wired Quotes Diane Schanzenbach on Impact of Cuts to U.S. Food Stamp Program
      SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach comments that although nobody’s yet quantified what cuts to the nation's food stamp program may cost in long-term hospitalizations, remedial education, incarceration, welfare and lost opportunities, they’ll likely outweigh the short-term savings. Wired notes that food insecurity changes lifelong odds, making it likely that children will grow up less healthy and less successful.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Receives Grant for Evanston Two-Generation Project
      A $100,000 grant from Ascend at the Aspen Institute will jump-start an innovative two-generation education initiative for low-income parents and their young children. It draws upon award-winning research by Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and from the EvanstonComm

    • Education Pioneers Fellows Peter Leonard, Allison Parker Serve Schools
      Graduate students Peter Leonard and Allison Parker won Education Pioneers Fellowships to pursue projects serving education this summer. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners and build a national leadership network.

    • Jacob Wertz (BS09) Wins Fellowship to Create LA Charter School
      As a recipient of the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Jacob Wertz (BS09) will create a charter school in an underserved area of Los Angeles. He will receive a $100,000 stipend and support for 150 days of intensive training.

    • Center for Talent Development Hosts Family Conference June 29
      Gifted students and their families will learn more about planning for the future at the family conference presented by the Center for Talent Development on June 29. During a thought-provoking afternoon of activities, adults will attend talks and seminars while students participate in workshops about careers and interests.

    • Paula Olszewski-Kubilius Comments on Trend toward Talent Development Approach in Schools
      A growing number of school districts nationally are exploring a talent development approach, says Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of the Center for Talent Development and president of the National Association for Gifted Children. This model keeps educators on the lookout for potential in various subjects through the grades.

    • Philanthropy Class Gives $100,000 to Worthy Nonprofits
      To “learn by doing,” students in SESP’s new Learning Philanthropy course had the unique opportunity to donate a sum of money to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. Students in the class learned about the history and practice of philanthropic giving and then actually gave away $100,000 to nonprofit organizations.

    • Sophomore Karen Wilber Wins Gilman International Scholarship
      Karen Wilber, a sophomore majoring in human development and psychological services, won a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in Bolivia this summer. She will work with a nonprofit on empowering families in order to prevent child abandonment.

    • Senior Daniel Nissani Selected for Leadership Alliance Research Program
      Based on his interest and ability, senior Daniel Nissani was selected for a special summer research opportunity through the Leadership Alliance. The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program will give him training in academic research.

    • Northwestern Magazine Profiles Becca Portman as Standout Senior
      Senior Becca Portman is one of 10 "remarkable seniors" profiled by Northwestern Magazine. Portman set into motion NU Votes, which registers students to vote on campuses across the nation.

    • Senior Alexa deLyra Honored with High School Alumni Award
      Senior Alexa deLyra recently received an alumni award from her high school recognizing her accomplishments in sports and academics. Each year the Gene Schmidt Alumni Award is given to one alumnus of Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York.

    • Doctoral Student Matthew Shirrell Wins Prestigious National Academy of Education Fellowship
      Matthew Shirrell, a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program, is one of only 25 scholars in the nation to receive a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. This highly competitive program identifies the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named Northwestern’s Associate Provost for Faculty
      P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, professor of human development and social policy, was named Northwestern University’s associate provost for faculty, effective September 1. In addition, in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and teaching, she was appointed as the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy.

    • Lydia Hsu's (BS11) Work at Northwestern Took Her on Incredible African Journey
      A class on Rwanda history that Lydia Hsu took her junior year at Northwestern turned out to be the first leg of an incredible African journey that has dramatically transformed the 2011 graduate's life. Hsu earned her teaching certification through SESP and is now heading for a graduate degree at Harvard University.

    • Wall Street Journal Quotes Dan McAdams on Growing Up as a Millennial
      Taking time to explore options often helps Millennials fashion a sense of identity, SESP professor Dan McAdams tells the Wall Street Journal. "People face a dizzying array of choices regarding the kinds of lives they might lead, and no clear consensus on exactly what a good life should be," he says.

    • MSEd Anniversary Celebrates 30 Years with June 26 Event
      All SESP alumni are invited to a 30th anniversary party for the Master of Science in Education program at 5 p.m. on June 26 in 303 Annenberg Hall. The event will feature a panel of alumni with remarkable accomplishments in education, along with food, drink and stories of the program from the past three decades.

    • Christian Science Monitor Cites David Figlio's Research on Baby Names
      Christian Science Monitor reported professor David Figlio's finding that having a name meeting the criteria for low socioeconomic status increased the probability of being discriminated against throughout life. In reference to the Kardashian baby name, the article explored the science of how names shape us.

    • Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects
      Students completing SESP's Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2013 presented posters for their capstone projects at a reception on June 7. These projects, designed as culminating experiences for second-year students in this two-year program, involve at least 100 hours of community service and a reflective analysis.

    • Wall Street Journal: Jon Guryan's Study Finds Prizes Put People in Mood to Save
      New research by associate professor Jon Guryan suggests that the lure of gambling can be used to help people save. Wall Street Journal reports on his recent economics working paper exploring the impact of prize-linked savings, or PLS, accounts, in which holders have the chance of winning cash or other kinds of prizes for saving money.

    • Promote 360 Hosts Young Students on Campus Visits for College Inspiration
      To encourage minority students to attend college, Promote 360 hosted three May events: with freshmen from Chicago Hope Academy, 5th- and 6th-grade pen pals from Jane Addams Elementary School and elementary students from UNO Sandra Cisneros Charter School in Chicago.

    • Senior Honors Students Present Research
      Ten School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 7. They are Bonnie Alexander, Aria Fiat, Sari Hernandez, Mallory Mattimore Malan, Levi Mele, Erica McLin, Morgan Purrier, Victoria Romba, Rose Sloan and Alexander Straley.

    • SESP Convocation Inspires Graduates to Make a Difference for Others
      “You leave here well prepared to make a difference in the lives and learning of others,” Dean Penelope Peterson told SESP graduates at SESP Convocation on June 21. The guest speaker was Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher, a winner of the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. The student speaker was Monique Brown.

    • Madeline Aden (BS13) Named Urban Prep Fellow
      Madeline Aden, who graduated from SESP in June, won an Urban Prep Fellowship for teaching and mentoring with Urban Prep Academies. Urban Prep operates schools providing high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory education to young men in high-needs communities in Chicago.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale: Furthering Kids' and Parents' Success with New Grant
      A $100,000 grant from Ascend at the Aspen Institute will jump-start an innovative two-generation education initiative for low-income parents and their young children. It draws upon award-winning research by professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and also from the Evanston Community Foundation’s ongoing kindergarten-to-workforce readiness initiative.

    • Fay Cook Receives Best Paper Award from American Political Science Association
      Professor Fay Cook and her co-authors received the American Political Science Association's 2013 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for their paper "When and How Partisan Identification Works." The award is given each year for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting.

    • MS in Education Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary with ‘Birthday Bash’
      More than 60 people gathered on June 26 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Master of Science in Education program, which had its first graduates in 1983. Highlights of the event included a panel of alumni telling their stories and a review of the program’s history by Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, director for the past 22 years.

    • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Presents Two-Generation Education Approach at Aspen Institute Event
      At a special event during the Aspen Institute’s Idea Festival, professor P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, an expert on child policy research, presented key opinion leaders with her research on the two-generation approach to fostering life opportunities for low-income parents and children. Chase-Lansdale is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s new Ascend program.

  • July 2013 News Stories

    • MSN Cites David Figlio's Finding on Impact of Baby Names in Relation to Royal Baby
      As Prince William and his wife Catherine await their baby, MSN reports on the influence a name can have. MSN quotes SESP professor David Figlio, who has written several papers on the topic. “Names can really make a difference in children’s lives,” says Figlio.

    • Kemi Jona, Brian Reiser Build Understanding of STEM Education at National Conference
      Learning Sciences professors Kemi Jona and Brian Reiser helped to deepen understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at a national conference in Washington, D.C., on July 15.

    • Four 2013 SESP Graduates Named NUPIP Fellows
      Four 2013 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows of the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Lafayette Cruise, Tania Murillo, Jessi Sharpe and Adriana Stanovici will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations as NUPIP fellows.

    • Senior Erin Turner Bikes Across the USA This Summer
      To see the United States, senior Erin Turner, a social policy major, is biking cross-country from Washington State to Boston this summer with her brother, James. They blog about their trip at erinjamesbike.wordpress.com.

    • Fox News Features FUSE Drop-In Studio for Teens at Chicago Summer Learning Program
      A Fox News video shows teens participating in FUSE activities at the Chicago Cultural Center this summer. In the STEAM Studio, FUSE challenges youth to use design and production tools to create artifacts and earn digital badges under the theme of STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The FUSE drop-in program was developed by SESP professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens.

    • Mayor Emanuel Visits Teens Participating in FUSE Summer Learning Program
      Cool skill-building activities to keep teens learning while school’s out have been the specialty of the FUSE drop-in program this summer. FUSE participated in Chicago’s Summer of Learning initiative with a temporary studio at the Chicago Cultural Center, and on July 25 Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by to visit.

    • FUSE Engages Kids at Korea's Largest Science Festival
      The FUSE drop-in program went international this summer by setting up a studio at the largest science festival in Korea. FUSE, developed by School of Education and Social Policy professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens, was designed to draw young people into science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with highly motivating hands-on activities.

  • 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.

    • nwi.com: 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 http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/sep/program/awe/.

  • September 2013 News Stories

    • Emma Adam Receives Prestigious International Award
      Professor Emma Adam won the prestigious Curt Richter Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. The award recognizes early career contributions to the field of psychoneuroendocrinology.

    • Three SESP Alums Make Northwestern Magazine’s List of Top 12 Sports Legends
      Northwestern magazine singles out 12 alumni as all-time top collegiate athletes. Three are SESP graduates — Pat Fitzgerald (BS97), Otto Graham (BS44) and Kathleen Kochmansky (BS85).

    • New York Times: Study by David Figlio, Morton Schapiro Finds Advantage for Adjunct Instructors
      A major new study by professors David Figlio and Morton Schapiro, Northwestern's president, found that new students learn more when their instructors are adjuncts than when they are tenure-track professors. The study, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the gains are greatest for the students with the weakest academic preparation.

    • Times Education Supplement: Danny Cohen Reflects on Family Implications of Teaching about Genocide
      The Times Education Supplement of London published an article by SESP instructor Danny Cohen (PhD11) as part of its "A Day in the Life" series. Cohen feels he has a vocation to teach undergraduates about genocide — but worries that the Holocaust may be casting a shadow over his family life.

    • Matt Dawson (MS13) Wins Google Teaching Fellowship to Inspire Kids in Computer Science
      Matthew Dawson (MS13), a new graduate of the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program, received a two-year fellowship with Google’s Computer Science Teaching Fellows program. This new initiative seeks to spark kids’ interest in computational thinking in an effort to help fill the demand for computer scientists.

    • Wildcats' Coaching Dean: Jerry Brown (BS73)
      Assistant head coach Jerry Brown (BS73) has been an essential part of the Wildcats’ football resurgence over the past 20 years. Northwestern magazine profiles Brown, the “dean” of the staff, who coaches the Wildcats’ defensive secondary.

    • Diane Schanzenbach Reveals Lessons from her Food Stamp Research at Panel on Food Security
      At a panel on food security in honor of this year’s One Book One Northwestern selection, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach revealed lessons from her research into the US food stamp program. She discovered that the program positively impacted health and education outcomes for children receiving public assistance in the 1960s.

    • MSLOC Retreat Builds Community, Introduces Innovations
      The annual retreat for the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program in early September combines community building with workshops designed to help new students develop personal learning plans. As a kickoff to the year, MSLOC introduced a diverse group of new students to its innovative approaches.

    • Freakonomics Features David Figlio's Study about Student Learning and Tenured Professors
      A new working paper by professor David Figlio, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro and researcher Kevin Soter called “Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?" answers the question "no." The research finds students learn more from non-tenure line professors in their introductory courses.

    • Young Alumni Make a Difference in the World
      To make the world a better place is the life’s work of many recent graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy. These young alumni are making a difference globally — by seeking social justice, growing global engagement, researching world problems or unleashing the power of education to improve people’s lives. This article profiles Dianna English (BS04), Jon Marino (BS06), Stacy Pancratz (BS09) and recent Fulbright fellows.

    • Improving Education Worldwide with Computer Modeling
      Rapid technological advances are revolutionizing how science, mathematics and complex theories are taught around the world, according to Uri Wilensky, professor of learning sciences and computer science in the School of Education and Social Policy, McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern’s Institute on Complex Systems. The software he has developed over the past 25 years is now used on every continent in education and research and is on a trajectory to be a primary teaching tool for elementary through university classrooms around the globe.

    • Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) Earns World Championship as Paratriathlete
      Hailey Danisewicz, who lost a leg to bone cancer, won a world title at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon World Championships in London. Paratriathletes competed in a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

    • New York Times: Coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) Assesses Players' Sleep Habits; Sleep Expert Emma Adam Comments
      Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) emphasizes his players’ sleeping behavior as a way to improve their performance. Professor Emma Adam, an expert on sleep in adolescence, comments on the effects of sleep on cognition, attention, memory, mood, metabolism and more.

    • Leading the Global Education Agenda
      Growing up in Ireland, he was the first in his family to attend high school. Now a professor for Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, Jim Spillane is committed to increasing opportunity for students everywhere through improved education policy and practice. This mission that he shares with many of his colleagues at SESP is having an impact worldwide.

    • Diane Schanzenbach Finds Universal Preschool Provides Gains for Disadvantaged Children
      A new study by SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach finds that when states have universal public preschools, low-income children are more likely to enroll in preschool, spend quality time with their mothers and perform better on tests as late as eighth grade. In higher-income families, children are likely to shift from private to public preschools.

    • David Figlio, Morton Schapiro Find Learning Edge for Lecturers
      A new study by School of Education and Social Policy professor David Figlio and Northwestern president Morton Schapiro finds that non-tenure-track faculty boost student learning gains. The study compares the effects of lecturers with faculty who are tenured or on a tenure track on student interest and learning in a subject.

    • Larry Hedges Named Statistician of the Year
      Professor Larry Hedges is the 2013-14 recipient of the Statistician of the Year Award, presented by the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. A leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Hedges is a Board of Trustee Professor, the author of eight books.

    • All in a Week's Time: Three Studies by Diane Schanzenbach Make News
      In the course of four days, three different studies by School of Education and Social Policy associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach -- on universal preschool, food stamps and delaying children’s entrance to kindergarten -- were cited at length in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine.

    • Kimberly Scott, Jeff Merrell Lead Online Learning Networks Seminar for Future Leaders
      At the Conference Board Future Leaders Conference on November 15, Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change director Kimberly Scott and associate director Jeff Merrell present results from their innovative five-week online seminar that starts October 7 -- “Exploring Personal Learning Networks: Practical Issues for Organizations.”

    • Six Instructors, Advisers Make Northwestern Honor Roll
      Six SESP faculty and staff members made the Associated Student Government's 2013 Honor Roll. They are Dorie Blesoff, Alissa Chung, Cindy Conlon, Meg Kreuser, Ken Powers and Megan Redfearn.

    • Emma Adam Zeroes In on Teen Stress with Better Measures
      Parents and teachers know that stress affects kids, but how does it become toxic? To zero in on exactly how daily and long-term stress affect children and teens, professor Emma Adam is developing comprehensive measures of adolescent stress.

  • 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.

  • November 2013 News Stories

  • December 2013 News Stories

    • PBS Reports Jon Guryan's Research on Effectiveness of Prize-Linked Savings
      PBS reports on prize-linked savings, meant to remedy America’s dismal savings rate by offering savers a chance to win prizes. Associate professor Jon Guryan's research finds more deposits, and more savings, if a lottery or prize is linked to savings. A Congressional bill could make prize-linked savings accounts more widely available.

    • Northwestern Academy to Expand Access for Chicago Public Schools Students to Top Colleges
      Northwestern University and the City of Chicago announced a new program to help Chicago Public School (CPS) students prepare for and gain admittance to selective colleges and universities. The Northwestern Academy is designed to help CPS high school students who are academically talented and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program with supplemental educational opportunities and support services to prepare them for highly selective colleges and universities.

    • Susan Lloyd (MA92, PhD96) Improves Milwaukee through Neighborhoods
      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Susan Lloyd, a graduate of the Human Development and Social Policy program. As executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation, Lloyd leads the 10-year, $50 million Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, aimed at revitalizing some of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods. Previously she had been a director at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.

    • Michael Wolf Highlights Ways to Improve Health Literacy at Sydney Conference
      As the keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney, professor Michael Wolf (MA07) said the basic goal is "to confuse patients less," according to the Croakey health blog.

    • ABC7 News Announces Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools Students
      ABC7 News announces a new agreement between the City of Chicago and Northwestern University that "is expected to provide a big academic boost for low-income students." The new Northwestern Academy program will help Chicago Public School (CPS) students prepare for and gain admittance to selective colleges and universities.

    • Chicago Tribune Reports Northwestern Academy Will Prepare Chicago Public Schools Students for Northwestern
      The Chicago Tribune reports that Northwestern Academy will provide year-round tutoring, college counseling, test preparation, family workshops and other services during high school to 200 Chicago Public Schools students. Northwestern wants the program to pave the way for more CPS students at the University.

    • New York Times Quotes David Figlio on Impact of Adjunct Instructors
      The New York Times reports on a study by professors David Figlio and Morton Schapiro finding that freshmen at Northwestern University who took their first courses in a discipline from nontenured faculty learned more than those who took the introductory courses from tenured professors. Since at Northwestern adjuncts usually work full-time, Figlio says the study provides evidence that what matters for students is full-time teaching status, not tenure.

    • Neal Sales-Griffin (BS09), Co-Founder of Starter League, Named to Crain's 40 under 40 List
      Neal Sales-Griffin (BS09) was named to the 40 under 40 List at Crain's Chicago Business. Sales-Griffin co-founded Starter League, which has taught more than 700 people computer coding since 2011 and trains students at high schools, community colleges and universities.

    • Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences
      Professor James Spillane received a grant from the American Education Research Association (AERA) to plan two conferences on “Policy and Politics of the Common Core.” Conferences will be planned for February and November of 2014.

    • Diane Schanzenbach Tells CBS Food Insecurity Continues to Climb
      Associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach tells CBS MoneyWatch that food insecurity rates will likely continue to climb, given the benefits cuts. Schanzenbach is the author of a new report for The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution that states food insecurity has actually increased since 2008, the start of the recession.

    • Sandusky Register Profiles El Da' Sheon Nix (BS04)
      El Da’ Sheon Nix (BS04) worked his way to success in college athletics — then landed a coveted spot as a leader in inner-city Chicago. Currently he is director of program operations at the Beyond Sports Foundation, which provides resources for student-athletes in the Chicago area.

    • CT-STEM Project Teaches Chicago High Schoolers Computational Thinking
      The Office of STEM Education Partnerships offers a curriculum and professional development workshops in computational thinking (CT) for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This CT-STEM initiative, supported by the National Science Foundation, seeks to meet the growing demand in STEM-field careers.

    • Becca Abara, David Harris Win Campus Life Awards
      The Division of Student Affairs honored seniors Becca Abara and David Harris with Campus Life Awards for fall quarter 2013. The award recognizes students who have significantly contributed to the quality of student life and who represent positive student engagement at Northwestern.

    • Kemi Jona Discusses STEM Education Best Practices for Korea
      In an interview with Korean radio station TBS, Kemi Jona, director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University, discussed how Korea’s science education can evolve by exploring best practices from other around the world, such as OSEP.

    • Cassandra Geiger Discusses Northwestern Academy on WLS-AM Radio
      Listen to Cassandra Geiger, director of the new Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools, on WLS-AM Chicago radio at 7:58 in the podcast. Geiger is interviewed by John Kass and Lauren Cohn.

    • Cynthia Coburn Discusses Research-Practice Partnerships at Youth Policy Forum
      Professor Cynthia Coburn discussed research-practice partnerships during an American Youth Policy Forum webinar entitled “Research, Policy and Practice: The Role of Intermediaries in Promoting Evidence-Based Decisions” on December 5. Listen to the webinar here.

    • Center for Talent Development Hosts Educator’s Conference January 25
      The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy will present best practices in gifted education at its annual conference for educators on January 25.

    • CBS Reports Diane Schanzenbach's Advice for Improving Food Stamp Program
      A CBS investigation of how to cut food stamp spending "without being Grinchy" cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's report for The Hamilton Project. She recommends cutting the nutritional education program, which research has shown to be ineffective, and instead subsidizing the buying of fruits and vegetables.

    • Eileen Canney (BS07) Named to Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame
      SESP alumna and softball standout Eileen (Canney) Linnehan (BS07) was named to the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The elite athletes to receive Northwestern's highest athletic honor this year will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame weekend, February 7-8.

    • Michelle Paulsen Invited to Participate in Science Communication Conference
      Because of her expertise in science communication, Michelle Paulsen of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships was invited to participate in a conference hosted by Compass, an organization working to provide communication training for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students.

    • Brian Reiser Co-Authors National Report for New K-12 Science Assessments
      As a member of a National Research Council committee reviewing U.S. science education for grades K-12, professor Brian Reiser co-authored a report recommending new types of assessments for science. These assessments will be needed to measure student learning once the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented, the report says.

    • Jim Spillane Elected to National Academy of Education
      School of Education and Social Policy professor James Spillane was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education because of his outstanding scholarship related to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, is dedicated to advancing high-quality education research and its use in policy formulation.

    • Evanston Patch Spotlights Northwestern's International STEM Education
      An article in the Evanston Patch points out the international efforts of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, some of which involve Evanston Township High School. Korean media have called attention to OSEP's innovative work, including remote online laboratories for science learning.

    • Fast Company Reports Kirabo Jackson's Research on Cash Incentives for Student Test Results
      Fast Company reports associate professor Kirabl Jackson's study of cash incentives for students in the Advanced Placement Incentive Program. He found the program motivates disadvantaged students to take AP classes and do well on them, and it also correlates with these students earning more college degrees and higher incomes over their lifetimes.