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Learning and Leading with Purpose

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We value interdisciplinary training and hands-on experiences.

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Since 1926, our school has been a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff committed to improving lives for individuals and communities. See what makes us special.

Ranked Education School, U.S. News & World Report
Faculty members elected to the National Academy of Education
Undergraduates employed or completing graduate school or fellowships after graduation
Service hours provided to local communities through the Civic Education Project

Making an Impact

At SESP, we partner with the community, where our research findings can make the greatest difference. These mutually beneficial collaborations let us to test new ideas, develop better practices, and spread discoveries to benefit as many people as possible.

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Morton Schapiro Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools

The Morton Schapiro Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools increases access and successful matriculation of underrepresented, academically motivated Chicago Public Schools students. Thanks to the Academy, these talented students are put on a path to attend some of the country’s top-tier colleges and universities. To date, graduates have attended more than 115 different colleges and universities, including Northwestern, Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marcello Worsley working with high school student

Black Kids Predict

Black Kids Predict gets students interested in data science to revamp the pipeline of talent. The  curriculum expands 6th-12th grade kids' idea of data and computer sciences from a geeky desk job they don’t want, to a superpower. Led by college-aged students from diverse backgrounds, the program emphasizes the practical uses of STEM education and learning to see data differently.


Nichole Pinkard working with student


STEAMbassadors trains college-bound 18 to 24-year-olds from under resourced communities to work with youngsters whose neighborhoods lack learning opportunities and role models in the fields of computer science, engineering, and the arts. STEAMbassadors are assigned to a neighborhood organization that partners with Chicago Department of Family Support Services programs in parks, libraries, and schools to help build an out-of-school learning ecosystem across the city.

Evanston Township High School Partnership Office

Northwestern-Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Partnership Office

The Northwestern/ETHS Partnership Office is part of the Good Neighbor, Great University Initiative. The Partnership Office work is supported by Neighborhood and Community Relations and the Office of Community Education Partnerships in the School of Education and Social Policy. Northwestern has more than 100 substantial partnerships with Evanston Township High School. The relationship between the two communities spans disciplines and boundaries, crossing into academics, athletics, health and wellness, identity and social consciousness, college and career education, cultural events, mentoring, arts, and community engagement.

News and Events

Megan Bang: 'Indian law is American law'

Feb 22, 2024 2:42 PM

Native scholars and law professionals, including School of Education and Social Policy Dean Bryan Brayboy and professor Megan Bang, participated in the conference “100 Years Back, 100 Years Forward: Sovereignty, Community, and Indigenous Futures,” at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.



IPR Colloq.: M. McGrath (IPR/Political Science) - Structured Discussion Across the Climate Divide: NU Friends & Family Climate Change Program

12:00 PM Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St
"Structured Discussion Across the Climate Divide: NU Friends & Family Climate Change Program" by Mary McGrath, Assistant...

Fulbright Study/Research & Arts Information Meeting

4:00 PM 1940 Sheridan Road, 1940 Sheridan Road
Interested in Fulbright Study/Research & Arts Awards?  Attend this meeting to learn how Fulbright can transform your lif...

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Information Session

5:00 PM 1940 Sheridan Road, 1940 Sheridan Road
The U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program places English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in classrooms ab...

Family Action Network (FAN) - Holy Shift!: Moving Your Company Forward to the Future of Work

7:00 PM
Dan Michelson’s new book, Holy Shift!: Moving Your Company Forward to the Future of Work, takes you on a fascinating jou...

MS in Higher Education Information Session (virtual)

9:00 PM
Interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE)? Join us fo...

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