2020 News Stories

2020 News Stories

  • 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.

    • 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?

    • '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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 

    • 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.