May 2015 News Stories

May 2015 News Stories

  • Education Week Features Jim Rosenbaum's Community College Report on 'Forgotten Half'
    Education Week reports on new research by professor James Rosenbaum that finds nearly half of community college students failing to complete because of obstacles such as lack of counseling, confusing choices and chaotic schedules.

  • Senior Samantha Yi Gains Recognition for High School Teacher Honored by Northwestern
    Five high school teachers who had “transformative effects” on the lives of graduating Northwestern University seniors they once taught will receive a special award during Northwestern commencement on June 19. One awardee, Sameer Shah, was nominated by SESP senior Samantha Yi.

  • Biotechnology Symposium Inspires Teachers with Innovative Activities
    A biotechnology symposium gave 100 Chicago science teachers a chance to try their hand at innovative biotechnology activities for the classroom—from using remote labs to building models of proteins. High school and middle school science teachers gained cutting-edge resources and learned hands-on activities to use in biotech labs.

  • Loeschner Lecture Presents Controversial Educator Eva Moskowitz
    The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership series will present a talk by Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Charter Schools, New York City’s largest network of charter schools, on May 20. Moskowitz has been labeled “America’s most controversial educator” by U.S. News and World Report.

  • David Rapp Receives Undergraduate Teaching Award
    SESP professor David Rapp will be honored with a 2015 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding dedication to undergraduate education at Northwestern University.

  • 4 SESP Students Win Fulbright Fellowships
    SESP honors students Izora Baltys, Brenna Ledvora, Rabeya Mallick and Karen Wilber were awarded Fulbright fellowships for work and study in South Africa, Germany, France and Vietnam, respectively. All four will serve as English teaching assistants.

  • Luke Cianciotto Wins Princeton in Asia Fellowship
    Senior Luke Cianciotto, a social policy major, won a Princeton in Asia fellowship. He was awarded the highly selective fellowship to teach English at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

  • Four SESP Students Receive Summer Research Grants
    Cara Conway, Halimah Jones, Stacy Kim and Caroline Levy were recently awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Grants for 2015. Their research spans topics from school closures to volunteering to life narratives.

  • Jim Rosenbaum Comments in Education Week on Gains for Children Moving Out of Poverty
    The younger children are when they move out of impoverished neighborhoods, the better their long-term outcomes are, including college-attendance rates and later salary levels, according to two new studies. SESP professor Jim Rosenbaum, who studied the Gautreaux Project, agrees that those results may derive from the likelihood that children in low-poverty neighborhoods are more liable to be given second chances.

  • Jim Spillane Lectures in Chile on Distributed Leadership in Schools
    “Distributed Leadership” was the topic when SESP professor James Spillane gave a lecture to more than 300 people in Santiago, Chile. Spillane was in Chile to give a public education lecture at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago.

  • TES Connect Features HDSP Student Brady Jones's Research on Teachers
    TES Connect teacher network highlights new research about teachers by Brady Jones, a PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program. According to TES, Jones's research shows what influences teachers to stay in the profession.

  • Loeschner Lecture Presents Charter School Founder Eva Moskowitz
    “American public education could look very different if we truly challenged children,” said controversial educator Eva Moskowitz as she delivered the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership on May 20. Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, New York City’s largest network of charter schools.

  • PhD Students Christina Krist, Eleanor Anderson Win Spencer/NAE Fellowships
    Learning Sciences doctoral students Eleanor Anderson and Christina Krist were recently awarded Spencer/NAE Dissertation Fellowships, which carry $25,000 awards. Anderson’s research centers on restorative justice in high schools, and Krist’s research on making scientific processes meaningful to students.

  • Alex White (BS08), David Hoffman's (BS09) Startup Bought by Pandora
    Pandora Media, Inc. will acquire the company started by two recent SESP grads, Alex White (BS08) and David Hoffman (BS09), along with another Northwestern grad, Samir Rayani. Next Big Sound, which was created as part of a Northwestern class, is a data analysis company for the music industry.

  • PBS Offers Mike Horn’s Evolution Games as Online Lab for High School
    Assistant professor Michael Horn’s museum research on evolution has become part of a new online PBS NOVA unit for high school students called “Evolution Lab,” with games to introduce teens to processes of evolution.

  • PBS Interviews David Figlio about Research on ETHS Changes to Shrink Achievement Gap
    Evanston Township High School noticed that minorities were underrepresented in AP courses, which boost a college application. How did the school bridge the gap? SESP professor David Figlio is researching the school's changes and was interviewed for the PBS report.