October 2015 News Stories

October 2015 News Stories

  • Women in STEM Club Has Impact at Evanston Township High School
    Two years ago Evanston Township High School administrators were concerned about the drop-off in the number of girls enrolling in the most rigorous science courses. In response, Kristen Perkins of SESP, the Northwestern-ETHS partnership coordinator, and an ETHS senior started a club called Women in STEM, which is having an impact on enrollment numbers. “The girls are so enthusiastic,” says Perkins.

  • Alumni Kate McKenzie, Fred Tye Lead Colorado Retreat for SESP Seniors
    In September Kate McKenzie (BS13) and Fred Tye (BS13) led a weeklong retreat for rising SESP seniors to Mission Wolf, a Colorado wolf sanctuary and not-for-profit educational organization. Project Pause offers a break before senior year for students to think about where they are and where they’re heading.

  • Jim Spillane Addresses Singapore Early Childhood Conference
    Professor James Spillane gave the keynote address at the Early Childhood Conference in Singapore. An audience of 2,500 early childhood educators and policy makers heard his talk on "Leading and Managing Human Development Practice."

  • SESP Receives $1M Spencer Award to Expand Computational Literacy in Schools
    The School of Education and Social Policy received a prestigious Lyle Spencer Research Award of $1.1 million to expand computational literacy in schools by teaching skills in required high school science and mathematics courses.

  • SESP Information Technology Staff Share Advances at National TechForum
    SESP Information Technology staff members Alyssa Dyar, Ryan Nix and Matthew Rich are making presentations at a national professional development conference about innovative technology initiatives at SESP. Dyar, Nix and Rich will present at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) CIO TechForum2015 on October 13 and 14 called "The New World of Higher Ed IT."

  • Miriam Sherin and Co-Authors Receive Publication Award
    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics awarded professor Miriam Sherin and her co-authors the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award for their article “Connecting Research to Teaching: Lenses for Examining Students’ Mathematical Thinking.” Sherin’s co-authors and fellow awardees are Katherine Linsenmeier (MS05), Janet Walkoe (PhD13) and Martha Mulligan.

  • Alumni Meet with Undergraduates for Annual Career Event
    For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 12 accomplished SESP alumni are meeting with undergraduates to share ideas about career paths. Alumni participants in the special career event are Joanna Cohen (BS06), Leah Templeton Engelhardt (BS65), Barry Goldberg (BS05), Andrew Green (BS15), Jan Hall (BS75), Keith Lewis (BS85), Carolyn Ludwig (BS60), Julianne Piotrowski Nery (BS95), Sarah Rosenbaum (BS10), Joe Ruklick (BS59), Marilyn Ruschhaupt (BS65) and Melanie Taylor Williams (BS75).

  • Fox News Features Jon Guryan's Research Showing Benefits of Intensive Tutoring
    Fox News quotes associate professor Jonathan Guryan on the benefits of a high-intensity tutoring program in Chicago Public Schools. Intense tutoring enabled 9th and 10th graders at risk of dropping out to learn two to three years’ worth of math in one year.

  • Brian Reiser Keynotes Illinois Science Education Conference
    Professor Brian Reiser will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Illinois Science Education Conference on October 23, along with two Illinois teachers who collaborate with him on research. Their presentation to science educators will support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • La Presse Features Emma Adam's Research on Discrimination Stress
    The Canadian newspaper La Presse features professor Emma Adam's study showing discrimination stress has a cumulative effect on health over time. The discrimination has a greater long-term impact when it occurs during adolescence.

  • Field Hockey Standout Dominique Masters 'Coaches for College' in Vietnam
    Northwestern field hockey standout and SESP junior Dominique Masters went to Vietnam to participate in Coach for College, a service learning program to teach academics, sports and life skills at summer camps for children in rural Vietnam.

  • New York Times: David Figlio Finds Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls
    The New York Times reports new findings by SESP professor David Figlio and his colleagues that a disadvantaged start hurts boys more than girls. Family disadvantage takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters.

  • Football Co-Captain Christian Jones Plans to Give Back to High School
    Football co-captain and learning and organizational change graduate Christian Jones is planning a program for his Texas high school similar to NU for Life. This unique program is designed to equip athletes with the resources to excel professionally upon completion of their athletic careers.

  • Brian Reiser Gives Keynote at National Climate Education Forum
    Professor Brian Reiser is a keynote speaker at the Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning: Climate Education on November 9. Reiser will give a keynote presentation on “Climate Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.”

  • SESP Fulbright Fellows in Vietnam, France, South Africa, Germany
    See the map of Northwestern Fulbright Fellows, including Izora Baltys in South Africa, Brenna Ledvora in German, Rabeya Mallick in France and Karen Wilber in Vietnam. All are teaching and pursuing other projects as they represent the U.S.

  • Unpacking the Narrative of Poverty in Education Reporting
    At an October 22 Education Writers Association seminar on the influence of poverty on education, professors Emma Adam, David Figlio, Kirabo Jackson, Jon Guryan and Jim Spillane discussed their research findings for the panel “Covering Poverty's Influence on Education.”