2020 News Stories

2020 News Stories

  • September 2020 News Stories

    • Wildcat Welcome 2020: 'My Door is Physically and VIrtually Open'
      Cultivating a supportive community is a top priority for the 2020-21 school year, School of Education and Social Policy Dean David Figlio stressed during the first virtual Wildcat Welcome week in Northwestern University history.
      9/22/20

    • SESP in the Media: September 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

    • Jasmine Tucker Wins Campus Partner Award
      School of Education and Social Policy staff member Jasmine Tucker was named an Outstanding Campus Partner from Northwestern’s annual Student Affairs Awards for supporting colleagues, uplifting students, and facilitating important conversations around social justice.
      9/21/20

    • MSLOC Partners With Peking University to Study Global Workplace Inclusion
      The Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program received a $3,000 international classroom partnering grant to deepen the global experience for Northwestern University students.
      9/18/20

    • Longtime Practicum Supervisor Retires
      The thank you cards came pouring in after Jan Schmidt announced her retirement from the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. As one of SESP’s longest and most beloved practicum supervisors, Schmidt served a mentor, leader, teacher, and friend to dozens of Northwestern University students.
      9/17/20

    • Welcome Back! Chase-Lansdale Returns to SESP Faculty
      Northwestern University professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale has rejoined the School of Education and Social Policy faculty after a seven-year tenure in the Provost's office.
      9/17/20

    • SESP Launches Dual-Degree Master’s Program with The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      Applications are being accepted for an innovative dual-degree economics and social policy master’s program offered by Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s (CUHK) Department of Economics.
      9/8/20

    • Meet David Rapp: Director of Undergraduate Education
      Northwestern University’s David Rapp, who researches language, memory, and why we’re so susceptible to misinformation, is the new director of undergraduate education at the School of Education and Social Policy, Dean David Figlio announced.
      9/2/20

    • News Roundup: Office of Community Education Partnerships
      The Office of Community Education Partnerships bridges the research, practice, and service missions of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and Northwestern University.
      9/1/20

  • August 2020 News Stories

    • STEAMbassadors: Mentors From the Community. For the Community.
      Malik Madkins cried a little bit on the day he heard a student say, “let’s listen to our teacher.” Madkins, who is studying film and photography at City Colleges of Chicago’s Truman College, was the teacher.
      8/26/20

    • These Teachers Added Computational Thinking to Their Classes
      Sue Juhl is a longtime Chicago Public Schools special education and biology teacher with a self-described “unhealthy fear of computers and any kind of programming.” But after working with Northwestern University’s Computational Thinking in STEM Summer Institute for just four weeks, Juhl unveiled a timely and relevant new curriculum that combines computer models, data, and algorithms with social emotional learning to help students recognize and mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
      8/25/20

    • Why STEM Education Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’
      Young people would be better served by STEM education that teaches them to deal with the moral and ethical complexity of problems like pandemics and climate change, University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy education researchers argued in Truthout.
      8/25/20

    • SESP Psychologist Explains Trump’s Survival Strategy
      Donald Trump moves through life as “the episodic man,” viewing each day as a “temporary moment of time,” SESP psychologist Dan McAdams wrote in an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times.
      8/20/20

    • SESP in the Media: August 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

    • Pinkard's New Grant Helps Create STEAMbassadors   
      Northwestern University professor Nichole Pinkard (PhD98) received a CME Group Foundation grant to launch an ambitious STEAM mentor training program for young adults from underrepresented communities.
      8/13/20

    • Kirabo Jackson Honored with Public Policy Prize
      SESP's Kirabo (“Bo”) Jackson has been honored with the David N. Kershaw Award by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for his path-breaking work on school finance reform and teacher effectiveness.
      8/6/20

    • Inequality and the ‘American Dream’
      Rising economic inequality can weaken the motivating belief that it’s possible to climb the socioeconomic ladder, Northwestern University’s Mesmin Destin said during a Brookings Institution webinar on how parenting, schools, media and other cultural factors can impact the lives of children.
      8/5/20

    • Faculty Member Wins National Science Foundation Award
      Yang Qu received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to further his multidisciplinary work on teen stereotypes and adolescent development.
      8/5/20

    • Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars Honored at Virtual Celebration
      Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD) recognized new and returning Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars and their families during a recent virtual ceremony and celebration.
      8/3/20

    • Student Activists Honored With Jazzy Johnson Waw-jashk Award
      Northwestern University's Kimani Isaac (BS20) was honored with the new Jazzy Johnson Waw-jashk Student Award during a surprise Zoom meeting.
      8/2/20

    • Coburn Named to William T. Grant Selection Committee
      Cynthia Coburn was named to the William T. Grant Scholars Selection Committee, a dedicated group of academics who help younger colleagues with career development, mentoring, and pursuing new research challenges.
      8/1/20

  • July 2020 News Stories

    • Vakil's Award Supports Ethics in Computing Course
      SESP's Sepehr Vakil and Sarah Van Wart of the McCormick School of Engineering are developing a new ethics in computing class for undergraduate computer science majors with support from a Curriculum Innovation award from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.
      7/27/20

    • SESP in the Media: July 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

    • SESP Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Train Education Researchers
      The School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to help train doctoral students in the art of rigorous and relevant education research.
      7/17/20

    • Alumnae Help Open Doors
      The summer before her junior year, Yajaira Gallegos (BS19) taught kindergartners in Athens, Greece, about Mexican traditions and culture as part of the country’s nationwide effort to prevent xenophobia in young children.
      7/16/20

    • Summer Grant Winners Announced
      Three undergraduates received grants from The Alumnae of Northwestern University to complete 2020 summer internships, an especially noteworthy experience in the midst of a global pandemic.
      7/16/20

    • SESP Students Named Fulbright Finalists
      Seven undergraduates, including Reena Burt, Elizabeth Cornman, Halimeda Cronin, Ayana Davis, Lillian Guo, Hayley Krolik, and Arzu Singh, were selected for Fulbright Student awards, which support a year of study or research, or projects in the creative or performing arts, or teaching in more than 155 countries worldwide.
      7/14/20

    • SESP Leads During a Time of Crisis
      Three School of Education and Social Policy faculty members discussed the innovative ways they’ve adapted their work to address the multiple crises facing society during a recent webinar organized by Northwestern’s office of Alumni Relations and Development.
      7/7/20

    • 'Provocative’ Book Calls for Feminist Schools
      How Girls Achieve by Northwestern University’s Sally Nuamah “provides an original lens on gendered educational inequalities and ways of dismantling them,” Rachel Marcus wrote in the journal Gender & Development. 
      7/3/20

    • Holding Space: 'Our relationships are powerful teachers'
      The isolation of shelter in place offers relationship challenges and opportunities, says Alexandra Solomon, who teaches SESP's Marriage 101 class.
      7/2/20

  • June 2020 News Stories

    • A Chance to Reimagine America's Schools
      The COVID-19 pandemic has raised urgent questions not only about access to schooling, but also about education’s deeper purposes, challenges and possibilities, School of Education and Social Policy faculty members Sally Nuamah and Shirin Vossoughi said during a recent Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs webinar.
      6/30/20

    • Graduate Students Honored with Awards, Fellowships
      Northwestern University alumna Sarah Crawford (MS20), who introduced mindfulness into her eighth-grade Chicago Public Schools’ classroom, received the graduate Alumni Leadership Award for her efforts prioritizing the social and emotional needs of children.
      6/26/20

    • I’m a Doctor! New PhDs Receive Their Charge
      School of Education and Social Policy doctoral graduates should continue their dogged pursuit of knowledge with honesty and rigor, faculty member Mike Horn said during a virtual hooding ceremony for newly minted PhDs.
      6/25/20

    • SESP Convocation 2020: A Time to Repair and Reimagine
      There’s no going back to the world we once knew – and therein lies “enormous opportunity to make the world a better place,” SESP convocation speaker Sybil Madison told the Class of 2020 during the first virtual convocation celebration in Northwestern University history.
      6/23/20

    • SESP Seniors Receive Fulbright Awards, Ryan Prize and More
      School of Education and Social Policy seniors were recognized by the Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs with a wide range of fellowships and awards, including a School-record seven Fulbright finalist designations.  
      6/22/20

    • Honors Program: ‘One of the Most Rewarding Experiences of My Undergraduate Career’
      Thirteen honors students were recognized for rigorous and thoughtful scholarship by Dean David Figlio and faculty members during the first online ceremony and poster presentation session in School history.
      6/21/20

    • SESP in the Media: June 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

    • Spikes Receives Fellowship to Study News Literacy
      Learning sciences doctoral student Michael Spikes received a Northwestern University Cognitive Science Advanced Fellowship to study and help others learn how to determine the credibility of a news story.
      6/16/20

    • Student Films Explore Race, Power, and Technology
      Three timely documentary films examining the impact of new policing and surveillance technologies on communities in Chicago and Evanston will premiere online in a special event organized by Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and the Block Museum of Art.
      6/15/20

    • News Literacy in an Era of Fake News
      People are influenced by inaccurate information even when they know better -- and even when they’re warned, professor David Rapp said during a recent webinar on news media literacy.
      6/14/20

    • Rising Scholars Receive NAEd/Spencer Fellowships and Awards
      Five early career researchers – including doctoral students Julissa Muñiz and Cora Wigger – were among the winners of the prestigious 2020 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships Awards.
      6/14/20

    • Do You Know What It’s Like?
      SESP alumnus David Harris (BS91), gives his perspective as a college president and a black man on the events of recent weeks in Minnesota, Central Park and elsewhere in Inside Higher Ed.
      6/9/20

    • Where Do I Begin? Alumna Creates Daily Reading Plan
      Outraged by the murder of George Floyd and the systems that devastate black, indigenous, and communities of color, alumna Amy Sanchez (BS15) curated a 28-day reading plan that includes accessible news stories, podcasts, and videos on institutional racism, white supremacy, policing, protesting and more.
      6/9/20

    • How Closing Schools Impacts Democracy
      Chicago closed a record-high 50 public schools in 2013. But more will likely be permanently shuttered in the wake of a COVID-19 pandemic-related budget crisis, Northwestern University political scientist Sally Nuamah predicted in an interview with Citylab.
      6/4/20

    • A Path to Greater Equity in Education
      Northwestern University is celebrating the launch of a revolutionary new initiative by the City of Chicago to connect youth to hundreds of activities in a digital space where they can interact with the friends and mentors. 
      6/4/20

    • SESP: A Catalyst During Crisis
      When SESP Dean and economist David Figlio created the syllabus for his popular undergraduate class, he had no idea he’d be teaching it during the worst economic crisis of anyone’s lifetime.  
      6/3/20

  • May 2020 News Stories

    • Why Pregnant Women Can Be 'Cautiously Optimistic'
      Pregnant women and their children should fare much better during the COVID-19 pandemic than their counterparts who experienced the 1918 Spanish Influenza, a Northwestern University report suggests.
      5/29/20

    • Scholar Athletes Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors
      Eight school of Education and Social Policy scholar athletes, including four from the women’s Big Ten champion basketball team, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
      5/22/20

    • COVID Impacts Leave More Families Hungry
      The amount of economic distress families are facing requires “an urgent and sustained response from the federal government,” according to a new analysis of food insecurity by Northwestern University professor and economist Diane Schanzenbach and research analyst Abigail Pitts.
      5/21/20

    • A Message of Solidarity from Dean Figlio
      Dean David Figlio offers a message of support in the wake of the past week's events following the murder of George Floyd.
      6/2/20

    • Senior Pays Tribute to Extraordinary Educator 
      Senior Jack Benjamin calls his high school teacher Joseph Brysiewicz a “personal hero.” Drawn to his lively and fast-paced European history lectures, Benjamin said “Bryz,” as he’s affectionally called by students, “has an encyclopedic knowledge of world history and current events alike.”
      5/10/20

    • Online Enrichment in a Crisis
      Within days of schools closing in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Learning Sciences professor Nichole Pinkard was inundated with calls from her family and friends, asking how they could keep their children engaged at home. Pinkard was in a unique position to help.
      5/7/20

    • From West Cork to Northwestern: Spillane Joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences
      School of Education and Social Policy Professor James Spillane, a first-generation high school and college student from rural Ireland, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.
      5/6/20

    • SESP in the Media: May 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

  • April 2020 News Stories

    • Undergrads Named Little Joe Ventures Fellows
      School of Education and Social Policy undergraduates Amy Drake and Christian Wade were among five students selected for the Little Joe Ventures (LJV) Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a program designed by The Garage to support promising, entrepreneurially minded undergraduates across different schools at Northwestern.
      4/28/20

    • Northwestern and Evanston: Working Together for Equity and Excellence  
      The Northwestern-Evanston Education Research Alliance (NEERA) received a $650,000 award to support new research projects related to racial and economic equality and expand the collaborative work between Northwestern University and Evanston schools.
      4/28/20

    • What Happens When You Start Work During a Recession?
      Recent graduates who are unlucky enough to join the workforce during a recession will likely see a loss in income and negative health effects over their lifetime, Northwestern University economist Hannes Schwandt told political analyst Amy Walter, host of The Takeaway, Fridays.
      4/22/20

    • Northwestern Commencement To Be Virtual
      Northwestern’s commencement ceremony will be held virtually, President Morton Schapiro announced, marking the first time in 162 years the ceremony will not be held in person. In a letter to the University community earlier today, Schapiro also announced that Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, a key voice — and face — of social distancing, will deliver the commencement address at the June 19 ceremony.
      4/22/20

    • The Baxter Center Launches Virtual Learning Series for Science Teachers
      Nearly two dozen middle and high school educators joined the weekly Baxter Center for Science Education’s teacher virtual learning series to discuss research-based principles for online learning and the challenges with moving to remote classes.
      4/13/20

    • Final Exam: Presenting to the Governor’s Office
      n one of his last class assignments before the coronavirus COVID-19 changed the nature of schooling, Northwestern University undergraduate Alan Perez and his team offered early education policy recommendations to state officials at the office of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in Chicago.
      4/12/20

    • SESP in the Media: April 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      4/12/20

  • March 2020 News Stories

    • CTD's 10 Tips for Getting Started Online
      Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, which offers more than 200 online courses designed for advanced learners, has provided innovative distance and online learning for more than three decades.
      3/29/20

    • How to Get Your Parents To Stay Home
      Anger, anguish, and anxiety. This is what your emotional life may look like in the time of COVID-19. Then you call your parents and realize — some of them are going out, visiting friends, and now they want to travel and see their grandchildren. Is there anything you can do?
      3/29/20

    • 'Listen, Don't Lecture' and Other Homeschool Secrets
      Alumna Julie Romeo (MS89) often felt overwhelmed while homeschooling her two children. But she resisted the urge to quit. And now that schools are closed, she's with us to offer encouragement sprinkled with a little advice, based on her experience.
      3/23/20

    • Sabol Offers Advice for Caregivers During COVID-19
      Making a daily schedule can help both parents and children adjust to learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic, said School of Education and Social Policy assistant professor Terri Sabol, an expert in early childhood development.
      3/23/20

    • Vossoughi Wins Ver Steeg Award
      Northwestern University’s Shirin Vossoughi, assistant professor of learning sciences, has received The Graduate School’s 2019–20 Ver Steeg award for her outstanding work supporting and mentoring graduate students.
      3/20/20

    • AERA Shifts to Virtual Meeting Due to Coronavirus
      AERA will not be holding a place-based Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, in April 2020 due to the coronavirus. Instead, they are shifting to a virtual meeting.
      3/5/20

    • Digital Youth Divas Join STEM Ecosystem
      Digital Youth Divas, Nichole Pinkard's after-school STEM program for middle school girls,  goes far beyond project-based learning,  The goal is to create a full “learning ecosystem” with mentors, parental resources and community support.
      3/8/20

    • Northwestern Women's Basketball Wins Big Ten Title
      The college basketball season is a long, bumpy road. Even for the Big Ten champion Northwestern women’s team, which boasts five scholar-athletes enrolled in the School of Education and Social Policy, including sophomore Veronica Burton (Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, second-team All-Big Ten); Abi Scheid (First-team All-Big Ten); Bryana Hopkins; Byrdy Galernick; and Amber Jamison.
      3/8/20

    • The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning
      In his latest book, The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning, Dan McAdams asserts that Donald Trump may be the rare person who lacks any inner story, something most people develop to give their lives unity, meaning, and purpose.
      3/8/20

    • SESP Students Selected For Clinton Global Initiative
      School of Education and Social Policy undergraduates Amy Drake and Hannah Caplan were among nine Northwestern University students selected for the 12th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program, a year-round curriculum that includes attending an international conference.
      3/5/20

    • SESP in the Media: March 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      7/26/19

  • February 2020 News Stories

    • Digital Divas Connects Girls to STEM
      Digital Youth Divas is a free program started by SESP's Nichole Pinkard to get middle school girls involved in STEM activities. The program begins in the fourth grade and tracks the outcomes through high school.
      2/25/20

    • Undergrads Secure Research Grants
      Seven students received 2019-20 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (AYURG) to study everything on issues of identity to the effectiveness of an Argentinian organization that supports women seeking abortions.
      2/21/20

    • Coburn, Jackson Elected to National Academy of Education
      Cynthia Coburn and economist Kirabo Jackson were among fifteen exceptional scholars elected to the esteemed National Academy of Education (NAEd) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to education research. Northwestern was the only institution to have two inductees this year
      2/21/20

    • Two Faculty Books Named Finalists for PROSE Award
      Northwestern University professors Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Sally Nuamah and have been named finalists for the 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards, which honor scholarly books, journals and electronic content.
      2/20/20

    • SESP in the Media: February 2020
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      7/26/19

  • January 2020 News Stories

    • OpenSciEd Releases Free Science Teaching Materials
      OpenSciEd is a collaborative effort to develop free, high-quality classroom materials for teachers nationwide. Co-created by Northwestern University’s Brian Reiser and his team of learning scientists, the free and downloadable units are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and lay the groundwork for the future of science education.
      2/7/20

    • Emma Adam Named APS Fellow
      Emma Adam, Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy, was named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for her outstanding contributions to the field of developmental psychobiology of stress and sleep.
      1/28/20

    • SESP Psychologist Named ‘Rising Star’
      Northwestern University developmental psychologist Yang Qu was named a 2020 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Sciences for his interdisciplinary work examining the role of sociocultural contexts in adolescent development.
      1/28/20

    • Six SESP Faculty Members Among Most Influential Academics
      Six SESP faculty members were named to Education Week’s annual list of 200 influential academics in education policy, highlighting the School’s research eminence and influence.
      1/27/20

    • Coburn Receives Honorary Doctorate
      SESP's Cynthia Coburn received an honorary doctorate from Universite Catholique de Louvain (CU Louvain) for her research uncovering the complicated factors and relationships that affect how educational policy is implemented in urban school systems.
      1/18/20

    • Kirabo Jackson: Invest in Education Early and Often
      Educational investments are most cost-effective when they start early and are sustained throughout childhood, Northwestern University’s Kirabo Jackson said during the Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) Annual Lecture in London’s City Hall.
      1/15/20

    • Spillane, Coburn Headline International School Leadership Symposium
      Northwestern University professors Cynthia Coburn and James Spillane delivered keynote speeches during the International Symposium on Perspectives on/in School Leadership at the Danish School of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
      1/8/20

    • Researchers Begin Developing Computer Science Ecosystem  
      Chicago has a rich community of informal computer science educators, but the providers often work in isolation and the programs lack cohesion, according to the first study to comprehensively map the city’s computer science landscape.
      1/14/20