The Most-Read Stories of 2018

The Most-Read Stories of 2018

ROund Lake TeachersRound Lake High School teachers enthusiastically participated in the 7th annual Baxter Symposium.

News of our five stellar new faculty members, community and corporate partnerships, and path-breaking research stories captured readers’ attention in 2018.  

Below we list the 10 most popular stories of the year, which appeared on the School of Education and Social Policy website.

SESP Hires Five New Faculty Members
Five leading scholars joined the SESP faculty in September 2018. They included alumna Megan Bang (PhD09) of the University of Washington; Jennifer Munson and Yang Qu of Stanford University; Hannes Schwandt of the University of Zurich; and Sepehr Vakil of the University of Texas at Austin.

Fuse Grant Recipient Launches Program in Peoria
Failure is an opportunity in Greg Gilson’s first-hour class, the FUSE studio at Manual Academy, said Pam Adams in the Peoria Journal Star. “There are no assignments, no classroom lectures, no traditional grades.”

Northwestern Teams Up with Apple, Chicago Public Schools on Teacher Learning
Northwestern University, Apple, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have joined forces to provide professional learning opportunities in coding to Chicago teachers. 

Apple's Tim Cook: 'Education is Lifelong’
Apple is working with Northwestern University and Chicago Public Schools to help teachers learn how to code and integrate coding into the classroom, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during ‘Revolution,’ a televised Recode and MSNBC event.

U.S. Children Now Draw Female Scientists More Than Ever
When drawing scientists, U.S. children now depict female scientists more often than ever, according to new Northwestern University research co-authored by David Uttal, which analyzed five decades of “Draw-A-Scientist” studies conducted since the 1960s.

Alumna to Clerk for Chief Justice of the United States 
Julie Karaba Siegal (BS10, JD14) will begin clerking for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on the United States Supreme Court in July of 2018, fulfilling a longtime dream that first took root in Cindy Conlon’s Annenberg Hall classroom.

Can a Growth Mindset Boost Coding Skills?
Eleanor O’Rourke received $170,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to explore whether a growth mindset can help improve retention and increase diversity in computer science classes.

Northwestern, CPS Launch Rapid Impact Grants Program
SESP and Chicago Public Schools have created the Rapid Impact Grants Program -- an accelerated program that will fund small projects that address pressing research needs to help inform practice and propel academic progress in the nation’s third-largest school district. 

Whitehouse Wins Around-the-World Research Grant
Music started Northwestern University's Hannah Whitehouse on a path that will take her across the globe to England, Kenya, India, the Philippines, and New Zealand on a research mission this summer. 

Baxter Center for Science Education Expands to Northern Illinois
Middle and high school educators are bringing cutting-edge life science training to classrooms in northern Illinois as part of an expansion of the Baxter Center for Science Education (BCSE).

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 12/19/18