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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.

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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.


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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

Avery Hirschfield

2024 Undergraduate Honors and Awards

June 12, 2024 4:28 PM

Avery Hirschfield, who studied learning and organizational change and minored in psychology, received the School of Education and Social Policy’s Alumni Leadership Award for her work as president and co-director of the Global Engagement Summit, a student-led conference uniting entrepreneurs across the world.

Convocation 2024: ‘Go, Go, Go, and Human’

June 12, 2024 1:38 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mitchell S. Jackson encouraged graduates to reflect on the meaning of “human” and use it as a verb during his 2024 convocation address at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP).

Undergrad Research Shines at Annual Expo

June 7, 2024 1:15 PM

Lillian Fu and Eden Moore were honored for their research at Northwestern University’s Undergraduate Research & Arts Expo, which celebrates the accomplishments and discoveries of undergraduates through poster presentations and curated student panel talks.

Sepehr Vakil

AI in Education: Considering Ethics and Power

June 7, 2024 9:52 AM

Difficult ethical and moral questions will play a central role in whether artificial intelligence will expand opportunities and equity in STEM education or make things worse, professor Sepehr Vakil said during his closing keynote at a National Science Foundation convening of principal investigators.

Carol Lee

A Complex Legacy: 70 Years Since Brown v. Board

June 5, 2024 1:05 PM

On the 70th anniversary of the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and the Pritzker School of Law explore the lingering impact of 1950s integration policies on today’s students.



Research Experience for Teachers: Translating Scientific Research for the Science Classroom (Applications are Closed)

All day
Research Experience for Teachers: Translating Scientific Research for the Science Classroom Presented by The Center for ...

Computational Making, Inquiry and Social Justice

10:00 AM Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
Instructor: Paula Hooper Presented by The SESP Teaching, Learning, & Education Program  Monday, July 29th | 10 AM-4 PM |...

Teaching for Talent Development: Starting with Preassessment

9:00 AM Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
Instructors: Susan Corwith & Melissa Hinshaw Presented by The Center for Talent Development & The SESP Teaching, Learnin...

Designing Rich Math Tasks, K-8

9:00 AM Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
Instructor: Jen Munson Presented by The SESP Teaching, Learning, & Education Program Tuesday, August 6th | 9 AM - 3 PM |...