November 2014

District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren meets with MPES fellows:

Paul Goren @ NU MPES

Thursday, Nov. 6th, 12:30-1:30pm

Annenberg 303

Dr. Goren will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges facing the Evanston public schools.  District 65 serves 7500 students in 17 schools with over 40% of the students from families in poverty.  Goren will highlight how the district serves a broad range of learning needs in a diverse suburban/urban system.

Watch Paul Goren’s talk here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sesp303


NU Alum and Sociologist Tim Hallett meets with MPES fellows:

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 12:30-1:45 pm

Anneberg 303

Tim Hallett Abstract

Prof. Hallett will give an overview of his 2-year ethnographic study which seeks to better understand professional socialization.


Harvard’s Tina Grotzer meets with MPES fellows:

Thursday, Nov. 20th, 12:30-1:30 pm

Anneberg 303

Tina Grotzer @ NU

Prof. Grotzer’s talk delves into causal complexity with an environmental focus.

Watch Tina Grotzer’s talk here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sesp303

October 2014

Steven Franconeri presents “Learning to See in Graphs & Diagrams” to MPES fellows

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Steven Franconeri

Because almost half of our brain processes the visual world, visual depictions of information can be powerful.  They allow us to understand, manipulate, and communicate on paper, screens, and our imagination.  But visual reasoning does not always come naturally. Franconeri will describe several projects in his laboratory that connect basic research on the abilities and limitations of the visual system with new methods for teaching graph and diagram comprehension.

July 2014

July 22, 2014

Developing excellent researchers to work on improving U.S. education in significant ways is an important goal for the School of Education and Social Policy. Now SESP has received a new $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to train doctoral candidates as highly qualified education researchers through its Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES).

Read more at:

SESP Receives $4 Million Grant to Train Education Researchers