June 2014 News Stories

June 2014 News Stories

  • SESP Receives $4 Million Grant to Train Education Researchers
    The School of Education and Social Policy has received a new $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to train doctoral candidates as highly qualified education researchers through its Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences.

  • New Coaching Certificate Program Prepares Leadership Coaches
    Maximizing the development of talent through one-on-one and group coaching is a strategy for many human capital leaders seeking ways to strengthen and grow their organizations. Singularly qualified to prepare professionals in the areas of learning and change, the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program is kicking off a new graduate certificate program in organizational and leadership coaching.

  • Statesman Journal Quotes Diane Schanzenbach on Benefit of Small Class Size
    Research shows that as class size shrinks, student learning improves, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach tells the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon. Salem-Keiser elementary school district is proposing to use new funding to lower class size.

  • Catalyst Reports on Evanston Two-Generation Program, Guided by Lindsay Chase-Lansdale's Research
    Catalyst reports on an Evanston two-generation education initiative designed to help mothers pursue more education while providing early childhood education for their children. Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, who is using research to guide the program, says, "Our hypothesis is that as parents proceed more in their education or in their careers, their children’s expectations will be higher or more realistic, and the parents will be better equipped with knowledge on how to guide or mentor them.”

  • Senior Sylvia Gorski Selected for Teaching Fellowship in Spain
    Senior Sylvia Gorski will combine her passion for teaching with her passion for Spain when she travels to Madrid this fall to begin a one-year teaching and study experience. She was selected for the Bilingual English Development and Assessment (BEDA) program of the Escuelas Catolicas de Madrid (Catholic Schools of Madrid).

  • Christian Science Monitor Quotes Diane Schanzenbach Cautioning about Ban on Food Stamps for Soda
    Christian Science Monitor quotes associate professor Diane Schanzenbach: "Advocates for a policy to ban the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages using SNAP benefits have the best of intentions. But policymakers need to be careful not to let their zeal for combating obesity push them into hastily adopting policies that at best are unlikely to help fight obesity, and, at worst, can do substantial damage to the safety net."

  • Becca Abara, Jo Lee Profiled as 'Senior Standouts' in Northwestern Magazine
    Rebecca Abara, a QuestBridge Scholar from Dallas, earned awards for her Free Your Mind mental health campaign. “Northwestern has grounded me in the reality that nothing is impossible if you work for it," she says. "Entrepreneur energizer" Jo Lee launched EPIC, a student organization that exposes students to entrepreneurship.

  • Students Present Research at Undergraduate Expo, High School Showcase
    For the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Expo, 12 SESP undergraduate students were selected to present their research projects. At the same time, high school researchers from Chicago-area schools showcased their own science projects and attended the Expo.

  • Three MSLOC Students Named Education Pioneers Fellows
    Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) students Amber Barger, Jessica Domijan and Stanley Fong have been awarded Education Pioneers Fellowships 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 and build a national leadership network.

  • Senior Tade Mengesha Wins Emerson Hunger Fellowship
    Senior Tade Mengesha was awarded an Emerson National Hunger Fellowship for next year, which provides both grassroots and public policy experience.

  • Senior Honors Students Present Research
    Eleven School of Education and Social Policy seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 6. All are students of Dean Penelope Peterson and teaching assistant Tracy Dobie.

  • Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools Holds Kickoff Event
    Nearly 80 high school students entered Thorne Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus on June 12 full of anticipation. They had been selected for the inaugural class of Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools, and with their parents they were attending the kickoff orientation event to find out how the program will help them to attend a top college.

  • Bill Gates Tweets about SESP Philanthropy Class
    Bill Gates, who has become an advocate for philanthropy after making his fortune with Microsoft, tweeted about the School of Education and Social Policy philanthropy class recently.

  • Philanthropy Class Donates $50,000 to Local Nonprofits
    To “learn by doing,” students in SESP’s Learning Philanthropy course had the opportunity to actually donate $50,000 to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. After studying the history and practice of philanthropic giving and extensively researching individual charities, student groups made donations to four local nonprofit organizations.

  • Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Awarded NAE/Spencer Fellowship
    Elizabeth Dyer, a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at SESP, was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for the coming academic year. Only 30 fellows were chosen from more than 600 applications from students at about 100 graduate institutions.

  • Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton (MS42) Donates Papers to Northwestern
    Lorraine Morton (MS42), Evanston’s first African-American mayor and longtime public school educator, donated her papers to Northwestern University. She has been a witness to and participant in enormous social change since making Evanston her permanent home in 1953.

  • SESP Convocation 2014 Honors Graduates, Inspires Leadership
    At the Convocation for the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) on June 20, undergraduate, master’s and doctoral graduates received diplomas, and awards were presented to faculty and students. Gary Kosman, the founder and CEO of America Learns, was the featured speaker, along with student speaker Josephine Lee.

  • Northwestern Partners on New Center to Study Education Leaders' Use of Research
    The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $5 million to the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University to create a new center that will study how educational leaders — including school district supervisors and principals — use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.

  • Seniors Marisa Bast, Raleigh Smith Win Big Ten Medal of Honor
    The two winners of this year's Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference's most prestigious award recognizing academic and athletic excellence, are SESP graduating seniors Marisa Bast and Raleigh Smith. Bast has been a standout at softball, Smith at tennis.