2023 News Stories

2023 News Stories

  • May 2023 News Stories

    • (Re) Building Education: What Can Other Countries Tell Us?
      Northwestern University’s James Spillane received a $70,700 Spencer Foundation grant to study how other countries are rebuilding their education systems following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • SESP Announces 2023 Convocation Speaker
      Northwestern University alumna Ekpedeme “Pamay” Bassey, chief learning and diversity officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, will be the featured speaker during the 2023 School of Education and Social Policy Convocation ceremony.

  • April 2023 News Stories

    • Lester Wins Wildcat Impact Award
      Emily Lester, co-president of Campus Kitchen, received the Wildcat Impact award for her work managing the group’s activities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • SESP Ranked Third Best School of Education
      Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) was ranked No. 3 in the 2023-24 U.S. News and World Report Best Education Graduate Schools rankings.

    • Shedding Light on Hidden Histories
      Danny M. Cohen (PhD11) received a Provost Grant for Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts to expand his work helping teachers and students explore hidden histories of the Holocaust.

    • Victor Ray Speaks On Critical Race Theory at SESP Equity Book Club Event
      Sociologist and author Victor Ray recently spoke to students, faculty, and staff of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) during an extensive conversation on his latest book On Critical Race Theory: Why it Matters and Why We Should care.

    • AERA Comes to Chicago
      Education scholars will discuss everything from the wave of legislation banning critical race theory and opportunity landscaping to the QuitTok phenomenon among teachers during the American Educational Research Association’s 2023 annual meeting from April 13 to 16 in Chicago.

    • Meet SESP's Newest Faculty Member: Sneha Kumar
      Sneha Kumar, a social demographer whose research explores health inequalities across the life course in some of the most populous countries in the world–including Indonesia, India, China, and Brazil– has joined Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy as an assistant professor of human development and social policy.

    • New Research: Navigating the Risks of Party Rape
      Women who have experienced sexual violence at fraternity parties have often been blamed for what happened to them. But new research on an elite college campus found that it’s becoming less common to fault the victim.

  • March 2023 News Stories

    • Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy Named Dean
      Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) of Arizona State University has been named dean of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, effective June 1.

    • Honoring 'the Mother' of the Disability Rights Movement
      Northwestern University's Jen Cowhy, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy program at the School of Education and Social Policy, helped coauthor a joint statement recognizing the work and legacy of Judy Heumann for the American Educational Research Association.

    • Student Leaders Join Global Initiative
      Undergraduates Aimee Resnick and Lauren Black were among ten Northwestern University students named to the 2023 Clinton Global Initiative University cohort of young leaders working to address global challenges.

    • Doctoral Student Wins DevSci Fellowship
      Matías Martinez, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy program, received the DevSci Graduate Student Fellowship to further his research looking at how schools can prevent bullying and helping kids cope with peer victimization.

    • Honey, Beads, and Peace for the Yaaku
      Northwestern University’s Edwin Pokisa, a member of the Yaaku tribe in Kenya, received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to implement a honey-harvesting and bead making project in his hometown of Doldol in Laikipia County.

    • Longtime CTD Director Announces Retirement
      Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, one of the world’s leading figures in the field of talent development and gifted education, is retiring after nearly four decades at Northwestern University.

    • In Memoriam: Roger Schank (March 12, 1946 – Jan. 29, 2023)
      Roger Schank, an outspoken theorist and researcher in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, founded the interdisciplinary Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) at Northwestern University in 1989. His vision gave birth to an entirely new interdisciplinary field of academic research: Learning Sciences.

    • How has COVID Affected Children and Teens?
      Three years after COVID was labeled a worldwide pandemic, experts are still assessing the impact on kids and debating whether closing schools was a good idea.

    • SESP in the Media: March 2023
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

  • February 2023 News Stories

    • Northwestern Launches New Era of MAPSCorps
      The School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) is launching a new iteration of MAPSCorps, a national model for training and employing high school and college students to work in STEM as community data scientists.

    • Tennis Great Inducted into Hall of Fame
      Georgia Rose Munns (BS09), the centerpiece of an era of incredible success for Northwestern women’s tennis during her career, was one of eight Wildcats inducted into the 2022 Northwestern University Athletics Hall of Fame.

    • Ruby Scanlon Named Schwarzman Scholar
      School of Education and Social Policy alumna Ruby Scanlon (BS22), an international antitrust specialist at the US Department of Justice, received a 2023 Schwarzman Scholarship, one of the world’s most selective graduate programs.

    • Tara Westover to Deliver Loeschner Leadership Lecture
      Tara Westover, The New York Times bestselling author of Educated, will visit Northwestern University’s Evanston campus to discuss themes from her 2018 memoir during a conversation with School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) Interim Dean Dan P. McAdams. The event is a part of SESP’s Nancy and Ray Loeschner Leadership Series.

    • Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport
      All Vote No Play, a new movement to help athletes “see, flex and grow their civic muscles,” uses language its audience understands.

    • Lessons from the Rooney Rule
      The spectacular rise and fall of the public’s perception of the Rooney Rule, which originally required NFL teams to interview at least one diverse candidate for head coaching jobs, offers valuable lessons for organizational leaders, Ahmmad Brown wrote in Forbes.

    • Mike Horn Wins Linzer Award
      Northwestern University’s Michael Horn received the 2023 Daniel Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity for finding creative ways to make coding fun and accessible.

  • January 2023 News Stories

    • Off You Go: A Routine for Culturally Responsive Math
      A visually rich mathematical routine for teachers leverages a child’s background and helps students build bridges between school math and culture, according to an article co-authored by assistant professor Jen Munson.

    • SESP Equity Book Club: A Conversation with Victor Ray
      Sociologist and author Victor Ray will discuss his latest book On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters & Why You Should Care during the first SESP Equity Book Club Series lecture of the 2022-23 academic year.

    • Mesmin Destin: Messages That Can Change a Child’s Life  
      Whether the timing is intentional or serendipitous, hearing certain messages at critical moments can offer hope and keep people inspired to work towards their goals, Northwestern University’s Mesmin Destin said during a TEDxChicago talk at the Harris Theater.

    • SESP in the Media: January 2023
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.