Research News Archive

Research News Archive

SESP in the Media: November 2020

SESP in the Media: November 2020

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

New Research: Being Upbeat Predicts Less Memory Decline

New Research: Being Upbeat Predicts Less Memory Decline

Being positive predicts less decline in memory during the aging process, according to a new study co-authored by researchers in the Life-Span Development Laboratory, including Claudia Haase, Emily Hittner, and Jacquelyn Stephens.

O'Rourke Develops Cyberlearning Technology

O'Rourke Develops Cyberlearning Technology

Northwestern University professors Eleanor O’Rourke and Haoqi Zhang have received a $750,000 National Science Foundation Cyberlearning grant to help beginning computer science students develop better learning strategies and diversify the field.

SESP in the Media: October 2020

SESP in the Media: October 2020

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

SESP in the Media: September 2020

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.

SESP in the Media: August 2020

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.

Kirabo Jackson Honored with Public Policy Prize

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.

Coburn Named to William T. Grant Selection Committee

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.

SESP in the Media: July 2020

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.

SESP Leads During a Time of Crisis

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.

I’m a Doctor! New PhDs Receive Their Charge

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.

Honors Program: ‘One of the Most Rewarding Experiences of My Undergraduate Career’

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.

SESP in the Media: June 2020

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.

SESP: A Catalyst During Crisis

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.  

SESP in the Media: May 2020

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.

What Happens When You Start Work During a Recession?

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.

SESP in the Media: April 2020

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.

AERA Shifts to Virtual Meeting Due to Coronavirus

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.

SESP in the Media: March 2020

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.

SESP in the Media: February 2020

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.

OpenSciEd Releases Free Science Teaching Materials

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.

SESP Psychologist Named ‘Rising Star’

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 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.

Kirabo Jackson: Invest in Education Early and Often

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

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. 

SESP in the Media: December 2019

SESP in the Media: December 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

College Counseling: Can High Schools Do It Well?

College Counseling: Can High Schools Do It Well?

High school guidance counselors can significantly influence whether young people pursue higher education. But counseling offices are often understaffed and juggling large caseloads and competing demands, according to Northwestern University researchers.

A Peek Inside the Principal’s Office: 'It’s a Pressure Cooker'

A Peek Inside the Principal’s Office: 'It’s a Pressure Cooker'

School principals often have too much to do and not enough time to do it. They share leadership duties but have ultimate responsibility for the school and everyone inside of it. And they have to meet the demands of everyone -- from parents and school board members to teachers and students.

Pinkard Receives Grant to Reduce Computer Science Deserts

Pinkard Receives Grant to Reduce Computer Science Deserts

Northwestern University professor Nichole Pinkard received a CME Group Foundation grant to expand her work increasing access to computer science for K-12 students who live in underserved areas of Chicago.

SESP in the Media: September 2019

SESP in the Media: September 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

SESP in the Media: August 2019

SESP in the Media: August 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Are All Head Start Classrooms Created Equal?

Are All Head Start Classrooms Created Equal?

Individual classrooms within the Head Start program vary in quality and don’t always reflect the school as a whole, according to a new Northwestern University study published in the American Educational Research Journal.  

SESP in the Media: July 2019

SESP in the Media: July 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

 Emissions-Cheating Vehicles Linked to Worse Health in Babies, Children Across U.S. 

Emissions-Cheating Vehicles Linked to Worse Health in Babies, Children Across U.S. 

A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is the first to show that diesel cars implicated in the emissions-cheating scandal had population-level impacts on infant and child health.

First Computer Science-Learning Sciences Symposium Draws World's Top Scholars

First Computer Science-Learning Sciences Symposium Draws World's Top Scholars

Computer science classes and boot camps have never been more popular in the US and worldwide. But how can educators help the next generation use this technology to their advantage?  And how can that information reach everyone – not just those drawn to the traditional notions of computer science?

SESP in the Media: May 2019

SESP in the Media: May 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Why You Don’t Want to Leave School During a Recession

Why You Don’t Want to Leave School During a Recession

The bad luck of leaving school during hard economic times can lead to higher rates of early death and permanent differences in life circumstances, Northwestern University’s Hannes Schwandt wrote in a policy brief. 

Computer Scientists and Learning Scientists Join Forces

Computer Scientists and Learning Scientists Join Forces

Computer science classes and boot camps have never been more popular. But how can we help the next generation of students feel empowered by this technology? And how can that education reach everyone – not just those who are drawn to the traditional notions of computer science?

SESP in the Media: April 2019

SESP in the Media: April 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Rosenbaum Receives Career Award – But Far From Slowing Down

Rosenbaum Receives Career Award – But Far From Slowing Down

James Rosenbaum’s ability to cultivate talented researchers and his passion for tackling pressing social issues recently earned him the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award from the American Education Research Association.

SESP Heads to Toronto for AERA

SESP Heads to Toronto for AERA

SESP faculty, alumni, postdocs and graduate students will be presenting at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting April 5 through April 9, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers.

SESP in the Media: March 2019

SESP in the Media: March 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Women in STEM: How Can Universities Close Gender Gaps? 

Women in STEM: How Can Universities Close Gender Gaps? 

Colleges and universities that invest in gender parity ultimately help support women pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), according to a new book co-authored by Northwestern University’s Lois Trautvetter.

The Cost of a Twin Brother

The Cost of a Twin Brother

Women who shared their mother’s womb with a male twin are less likely to graduate from high school or college, have earned less by their early 30s, and have lower fertility and marriage rates when compared with twins who are both female, according to new Northwestern University research. 

Can Female Principals Be Caring and Commanding?

Can Female Principals Be Caring and Commanding?

White and black novice female principals adopt vastly different leadership styles at the beginning of their careers, according to new Northwestern University research that looks at how race and gender intersect for professional educators.

SESP in the Media: February 2019

SESP in the Media: February 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Undergrads Win Research Grants

Undergrads Win Research Grants

A school-record 14 School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) students received Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (AYURG) to study everything from female entrepreneurship and empowerment the use of technology to discipline students.

SESP in the Media: January 2019

SESP in the Media: January 2019

An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.

Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award

Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award

Northwestern University psychologist Mesmin Destin, whose research emphasizes the key role socioeconomic status plays in the study of human behavior, was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his stellar work in the early stages of his career.

2018 End-of-Year Research Highlights

2018 End-of-Year Research Highlights

In 2018, members of the School of Education and Social Policy research community took home the world’s largest prize in education research, raised more than $6 million in community research partnerships, and paved the way for life-changing discoveries by studying individuals, massive organizations, and everything in between.