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The remarkable 2016 presidential campaign season highlights some of our country’s most pressing social justice issues. To my mind, it also underscores the need for rigorous research—and unbiased voices—to inform the development of sound public policies.

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Maria Estela Brisk

Lynch School Professors María Estela Brisk (pictured) and Ana Martínez Alemán will be honored at the 100th annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest annual worldwide gathering of education research scholars, in Washington DC, next month. Brisk will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group for her dedication to research, teaching, and service in the field. Martínez Alemán will receive the Division J (Postsecondary Education) 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), a book she co-edited. The two are the first Boston College professors to receive either award. 

View all Lynch School presentations at AERA and register for the Lynch School reception »

Henry Braun, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, and Diana Pullin discuss educational policy

Debates on high-impact education policies—from “No Child Left Behind” to the Common Core to dueling assessment tests—often play out far from the academy. The education policy landscape, once the preserve of peer-reviewed journals and scholarly conferences, now teems with highly opinionated reports, blogs, and media events staged by advocacy groups, unions, think tanks, and elected officials. That is why prominent Lynch School Professors Henry Braun, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, and Diana C. Pullin (pictured) devote substantial time to offering insights and best available evidence to government officials, litigators, and journalists who help shape education policy and practice. 

Learn about the Lynch School's effort to inject objective scholarship into policy debates »

Eric Dearing

Lynch School Associate Professors Eric Dearing, Mariela Páez (pictured), and Karen Arnold presented new scholarship on innovative approaches to closing the achievement gap at “Enhancing Educational Success for Economically Disadvantaged Children and Young Adults,” the 11th annual Faculty Scholars Luncheon held in Campion Hall on February 10.

Learn more about the interventions these faculty examined and view video »

Summer school at Lynch

The Lynch School of Education offers courses across two summer sessions this year, each one packed with learning opportunities for novice and experienced professionals in education and applied psychology. Offerings begin May 16 and extend through August 4.

Learn more about summer courses »

Faculty news

A STEM career pathways program for low-income students was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is led by Professors Mike Barnett and David Blustein and Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives Catherine Wong, in partnership with faculty from MassBay Community College.

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves and doctoral student Mary Bridget Burns released the first issue of the Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

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Eric Dearing in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department was promoted to professor. Elida Laski in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department and Zhushan “Mandy” Li in the Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation Department were both promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Alumni and student notes

Maria De Jesus, M.A. ’01, Ph.D. ’07, was granted tenure at American University and promoted to associate professor in the School of International Service. 

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Kim Trauceniek, M.A. ’10, was named associate dean of students for campus life at Bates College.

Join us

On Sailing a Ship without a Compass: The Role of Assessment in Improving College Students’ Learning 

Richard Shavelson
Professor of Education (Emeritus)
Stanford University

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Campion Hall, Room 139

Learn more about this Boisi Lecture in Education and Public Policy »


Lynch School reception at AERA annual meeting

Saturday, April 9, 2016
6:30 p.m.
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Register for the reception during AERA conference »