October 2014 News Stories

October 2014 News Stories

  • SESP Student Board Highlights New Projects
    The SESP Leadership and Programming Board is planning an array of events and projects to make the School of Education and Social Policy an even better place to be for undergraduates. The board of 12 student volunteers advises the SESP Office of Student Affairs on programs and events.

  • Biotechnology Day Shows High School Students Biotech Opportunities
    Hands-on science activities, lab tours and a panel discussion with Northwestern science students introduce opportunities in biotechnology to 100 Chicago and Evanston high school students who visit Northwestern for Biotechnology Day. The October 6 event is organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).

  • Increasing Teacher Effort: Kirabo Jackson's Study Compares Managerial Control with Performance Pay
    Paying teachers according to student test score improvements is gaining traction, and SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson evaluates the role of managerial control in improving employee performance, comparing it with performance pay.

  • Saturday Seminars Guide Parents of Gifted Children
    Parents can take advantage of workshops designed to help them develop special strategies to nurture the development of their gifted children during a series of Saturday seminars hosted this fall by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD), a program of the School of Education and Social Policy.

  • Northwestern to Train and Support Chicago’s Top Principals
    In an effort to help bolster talented principals, Northwestern University faculty will provide leadership training and executive coaching to top educators from Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Public Schools Principal Fellowship program, which began October 8, is a three-year partnership between Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern’s Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy.

  • Mike Horn Designs Frog Pond Exhibit for Computer History Museum
    Using new interactive technologies, SESP assistant professor Michael Horn designs innovative museum exhibits to engage visitors in learning. His newest exhibit — on computer programming — will be on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

  • Senior Blake McHugh Wins Kabiller Award, Takes Lacrosse to Kids in Jamaica
    After receiving the Kabiller Award for Excellence in Character, Commitment and Community, senior Blake McHugh traveled to Jamaica with the goal of impacting children’s lives through lacrosse.

  • Lois Trautvetter Introduces SESP, US Higher Education to Students in China
    Associate professor Lois Trautvetter got an in-depth look at the global interest in American higher education when she participated in a tour of China with representatives from seven top U.S. university programs, including the School of Education and Social Policy. The 2014 U.S. Leading Graduate and Professional Schools Tour was hosted by the Council for International Culture and Education.

  • New York Times: David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School
    The New York Times features a study by professors David Figlio and Jon Guryan showing that babies who were heavier at birth scored higher on math and reading tests from third to eighth grades. The study calls into question timing early births for parental convenience.

  • Guardian Cites Diane Schanzenbach's Finding That Class Size Impacts Marginalized Most
    An article in The Guardian about the controversy over class size cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's research showing "smaller class sizes have helped marginalized students, the students struggling the most."

  • Alumni Share Career Stories with SESP Undergraduates at Special Event
    For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 13 accomplished alumni are leading small-group sessions with SESP undergraduates to give students ideas about potential career paths.

  • Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication
    Professor Douglas Medin's new study explores the cultural side of science communication and how to present science information to diverse groups without polarization. Medin suggests communicating science in a culturally neutral way.

  • Parents Benefit from Head Start Program
    Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers Terri Sabol and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. The study is one of the first to examine whether a child’s participation in the federal program benefits mothers and fathers – in particular parents’ educational attainment and employment.

  • Office of STEM Education Partnerships Hosts Statewide STEM Summit
    Educators, business leaders and university administrators will attend the upcoming sixth annual statewide STEM Summit, this year hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University on November 5. The summit will focus on innovation and collaboration in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

  • Miriam Sherin Chosen as Academic Leadership Fellow
    Learning Sciences professor Miriam Sherin is one of five faculty leaders selected to be fellows in the Academic Leadership Program, an intensive yearlong program offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The program addresses challenges for administrators in major research universities.

  • SESP Student Board Seeks Alumni Career Advice
    As a way of helping undergraduates to gain career advice, the SESP Leadership and Programming Board is spearheading an initiative for undergraduates to develop relationships with alumni. The Board is composed of student volunteers who advise the SESP Office of Student Affairs on programming and events.

  • Larry Hedges Receives Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement
    Professor Larry Hedges recently received the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. The Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research recognizes “distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology.”

  • New York Times Quotes David Figlio on Fundraising for Wealthy Public Schools
    A New York Times article that points out the inequities in philanthropic school fundraising also notes that fundraising is what keeps many wealthier parents committed to public schools. The article quotes SESP professor David Figlio: “If all of a sudden these super-rich people no longer can achieve what they want through the public sector, they’ll just send their kids to private schools and take their ball and go home.”

  • Analyzing Election Results, Daily Signal Cites David Figlio's School Choice Research
    Daily Signal cites SESP professor David Figlio's study that Florida tax credit scholarship students are making the same academic gains as other students nationwide. School choice was an issue in the Florida governor's race, where the victor, Rick Scott, supported school choice.

  • Huffington Post Interviews Alissa Chung about Parental Responses to 'Mean Girl' Behavior
    On Huffington Post, Alissa Chung, a clinical child psychologist and SESP lecturer on child development, discusses how to approach a child’s “mean girl” behavior. She advises reflecting on the meaning of the behavior. Girls could be trying to navigate socially, using the behavior to gain power or status, or indicating a lack of empathy.

  • Brian Reiser to Demystify New Science Standards
    To give the public the facts and clarify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), professor Brian Reiser is participating in two public panel presentations. The Chicago Council on Science and Technology is presenting programs on November 12 and 20 entitled “Decoding the New Science and Math Standards” to discuss the NGSS for science and the Common Core standards for mathematics.

  • Education Week Quotes Cynthia Coburn on Importance of Research in Schools
    Education Week says professor Cynthia Coburn, "a veteran of long term field-testing in schools, warned that data simulations should never take the place of full-scale experimental trials in schools." She noted, "The history of education research is littered with really wonderful lab experiments and interventions created outside the classroom that, for whatever reason, didn't work in the classroom."