November 2015 News Stories

November 2015 News Stories

  • New Report on Chicago Principal Retention Lauds Northwestern’s Fellowship Program
    A new report on principal retention by the Chicago Public Education Fund addresses the challenge of retaining Chicago’s top principals. The report, based on a survey of 423 principals, cites Northwestern’s Chicago Principals Fellowship as the kind of opportunity that principals want for learning and support.

  • Why Are Boys Falling Behind?
    Boys, especially African-American boys, are falling behind -- both behaviorally and educationally -- according to new research by SESP professor David Figlio. Young males, it appears, are extra sensitive to disadvantage.

  • CTD Receives $1.2M Grant for Gifted Education for Disadvantaged Kids
    Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development has been awarded a prestigious $1.2 million Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will help the School of Education and Social Policy's center identify gifted and academically advanced students from economically disadvantaged families.

  • SESP Co-Sponsors Talk by Dale Russakoff, Author of The Prize
    In the highly acclaimed book The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff tells the eye-opening story of what happened when the schools of Newark, New Jersey, received a $100 million gift. Russakoff will give a special lecture at Northwestern on December 1, co-sponsored by SESP.

  • Crain's Chicago Business: How to Create the Next Generation of Coders
    A profile in Crain's Chicago Business tells how SESP assistant professor Mike Horn is working to get kids interested in coding. His research aims to inspire computer literacy in places other than school, "to get kids as young as kindergartners—particularly girls and minority groups—into coding as much as video and games."

  • Diane Schanzenbach on WBEZ: 'School Lunch Policy Needs Improvement'
    National public radio station WBEZ interviews SESP professor Diane Schanzenbach on the federal school lunch policy that subsidizes lunch but not just milk. “The incentives here are certainly for kids to take what’s free and then wastefully dispose of it,” she continued, “so it seems like there’s room for a policy improvement.”

  • SESP Senior Swim Captain Van Donkersgoed's New Life in the Sport
    An article for SwimSwan tells why SESP senior swim captain Van Donkersgoed traded in his role as senior captain for student assistant coach.

  • Bart Hirsch’s New Book Addresses Job Skills for Minority Youth
    How can we best help minority young people to develop marketable job skills? Professor Barton Hirsch’s new book, Job Skills and Minority Youth, provides new understanding of the best approaches for hiring success. A mock job interview designed by human resources professionals is a practical tool provided in the book.

  • Local Jewelry Designer Creates FUSE Challenge
    Evanston jewelry designer Christopher Duquet worked with SESP’s FUSE program to create a jewelry design challenge. The FUSE program features a series of challenges designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics (STEAM).

  • The Economist: Jon Guryan Finds Educated Parents Spend More Time with Kids
    An article in The Economist on trends in marriage and having children cites SESP associate professor Jon Guryan's research showing that well-educated parents spend more time with their children than their less-educated peers. In fact, fathers with a job and a college degree spend more than double the time of less-educated men.