September 2014 News Stories

September 2014 News Stories

  • Northwestern Academy Starts with Summer Activities
    How do humans construct knowledge about their place in the universe? Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools started this summer with a three-week summer session for one group of students on this heady theme — pursued through field experiences, readings, and a mini capstone project. The overall goal for Northwestern Academy is to prepare under-resourced Chicago high school students for selective colleges.

  • Deseret News Cites Diane Schanzenbach Study on Class Size 'Tradeoffs and Payoffs'
    In an article on the tradeoffs and payoffs involved in lowering class size, Deseret News cites a study by SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach, described as a leading proponent of small class size. One of her studies estimates how much it costs, using specific interventions, to nudge an underprivileged child into college.

  • Atlantic Quotes Kirabo Jackson on Effectiveness of Cash Prizes for Voting
    Atlantic discusses cash prizes to get people to vote, first looking at associate professor Kirabo Jackson's research on paying students to get good grades. “Well-designed cash-for-grades schemes can both improve grades and promote learning,” says Jackson. “Voting is much more conducive to rewards than grades.”

  • Brian Reiser Keynotes Conference on Next Generation Science Standards
    As a keynote speaker at a major conference for Illinois educators, Learning Sciences professor Brian Reiser discussed the research-based recommendations for the Next Generation Science Standards. These national standards, designed to support scientific literacy for the 21st century, aim to improve K-12 science education.

  • Kemi Jona and FUSE Featured at Technology Conference
    Professor Kemi Jona addressed the School Superintendent Program at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago on September 10. He spoke on "STEM Best Practices." The FUSE informal learning program was represented at the show as well.

  • Wall Street Journal Features Karen Fuson's Finding about Best Language for Math
    Chinese uses simpler number words and expresses math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for children to learn arithmetic, according to the Wall Street Journal, which features research and comments by SESP professor emerita Karen Fuson.

  • MS in Education Program Hosts Summer Convocation
    SESP’s convocation for the Master of Science in Education program conferred degrees on 56 MSEd graduates -- elementary and secondary school teachers -- who walked in a Saturday (August 2) morning ceremony in the Ryan Family Auditorium at the Technological Institute.

  • Six SESP Faculty, Staff Named to Honor Roll
    Six School of Education and Social Policy faculty and staff members were named to the 2013-14 Faculty Honor Roll.

  • SESP Participants Get Insider's View on Career Trek to Washington, DC
    Two SESP students, one SESP recent graduate and one SESP adviser took part in Northwestern University’s first-ever university-wide “career trek.” A group of 15 students and five staff members spent three days in Washington, D.C., visiting a range of employers and alumni in fields of government, policy and law.

  • Kaney O'Neill (BS04, MA06) Honored with Veteran Entrepreneur Award
    SESP alumna Kaney O'Neill (BS04, MA06), a disabled veteran who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at SESP, was honored with the Woman Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Women's Business Development Center. O'Neill is president and CEO of O'Neill Contractors, a roofing company in Chicago.

  • Marisa Bast (BS14) Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
    SESP graduate Marisa Bast (BS14) has been named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award, based on outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. A softball standout at Northwestern and a learning and organizational change major, Bast created an anti-bullying program for local schools.

  • Danny Cohen Presents on Holocaust Education at U.S. Holocaust Museum
    Danny M. Cohen (PhD11), assistant professor of instruction at SESP, presented his work on Holocaust education design at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of a symposium on New Research on Roma and the Holocaust.

  • David Rapp's New Book Tells Why People Rely on Misinformation
    Sometimes people rely on information that’s just plain wrong — even when they know it’s wrong. Why this happens and how to prevent it is the subject of a new book by professor David Rapp.

  • Tim Dohrer Conveys Ideas about Teaching in Educational Leadership
    Educational Leadership, the magazine of the ASCD, recently published two pieces of writing about teaching by Tim Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program. An autobiographical piece describes the teacher who inspired him to become a teacher, and another piece explains a practice that worked for Dohrer's students.