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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

David Uttal, a professor of psychology, talks about his research during an investiture ceremony

David Uttal: Maps, Space, and Place

May 8, 2024 10:21 AM

David Uttal was 13 years old when he took a wrong turn on a hiking trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rescuers searched for him on foot, trail bike, jeep, and by air, probing thick underbrush and steep ridges across 60,000 acres.

Shanequewa Love

Grad Student Wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

May 1, 2024 7:42 PM

Doctoral student Shanequewa Love has been awarded the highly selective National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to support her work looking at the relationship between Black mothers and the child welfare system.

Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson to Speak at Convocation

April 29, 2024 2:56 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mitchell S. Jackson, the John O. Whiteman Dean’s Distinguished Professorship in the English Department of Arizona State University, will be the featured speaker during the 2024 School of Education and Social Policy Convocation ceremony at Northwestern University.

Alivia Britton and Mel McDaniel of the School of Communication are the 2024 co-chairs for Northwestern’s third annual student-run Pow Wow.

Spring Pow Wow: Honoring the Water

April 24, 2024 11:48 AM

Undergraduates Alivia Britton (left) and Mel McDaniel are co-chairs of Northwestern University’s annual student-run Spring Pow Wow, an intergenerational cultural celebration sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance.



Memorial Day (no classes)

All day
Memorial Day (no classes)

MS in Higher Education Degree Information Session (virtual)

3:30 PM
Interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE)? Join us fo...

Higher Education Certificates Information Session (virtual)

1:30 PM
Interested in learning more about SESP's Higher Education Certificates options? Join us for a 30-minute information ses...

Spring classes end

All day
Spring classes end

Human Development and Social Policy Brown Bag: Dr. Linda Waite

12:30 PM Annenberg Hall, 2120 Campus Drive
Dr. Linda Waite is the visiting guest speaker for the Human Development and Social Policy brown bag on Tuesday, June 4. ...

MS in Higher Education Degree Information Session (virtual)

4:00 PM
Interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE)? Join us fo...