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We focus on thorough interdisciplinary training and hands-on experiences that are rare in higher education.

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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

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.

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The Mass Psychology of Trumpism

Feb 21, 2024 1:21 PM

Donald Trump’s enduring appeal stems from the perception--his own and others’­­--that he is not a person, Northwestern University psychologist Dan P. McAdams wrote in New Lines Magazine. “In the minds of millions, Trump is more than a person,” he wrote. “And he is less than a person too."

Researchers to Study School Reform in Evanston

Feb 1, 2024 7:45 PM

Northwestern University researchers received a five-year, $4.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to study racial equity, STEM education, and school reform in Evanston.



Fulbright Study/Research & Arts Information Meeting

12:00 PM
Interested in Fulbright Study/Research & Arts Awards?  Attend this meeting to learn how Fulbright can transform your lif...

Legacy, Healing, Health, and Community: A Journey from the Field to the Field

12:00 PM University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Road
This presentation is an inspiring exploration into the personal and professional journey of a remarkable individual who ...

IPR Colloq.: N. Contractor (Comm./Kellogg/McCormick/IPR) - People Analytics: Using Digital Exhaust to Leverage Network Insights in the Algorithmically Infused Workplace

12:00 PM Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St
"People Analytics: Using Digital Exhaust to Leverage Network Insights in the Algorithmically Infused Workplace" by Noshi...

Family Action Network (FAN) - Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There

7:00 PM
In Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There professors Cass R. Sunstein and Tali Sharot, Ph.D. share with...

Family Action Network (FAN) - Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being

7:00 PM
Sue Varma, MD, the first medical director treating first responders and civilians for PTSD, depression, and anxiety at t...

Thought Leadership Panel: Careers in Humanities

12:00 PM
Please join the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program f...