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Professor Attends White House Summit on 'Next-Gen' High Schools

Professor Michael Barnett attended the first White House Summit on Next-Generation High Schools on Tuesday, November 10, the day after he and other leading science education researchers met at a National Science Foundation forum to discuss advances in secondary science and math education.

Focus on Immigrants

Professor M. Brinton Lykes co-edited The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses with Law School Professor and Carney Distinguished Scholar Dan Kanstroom. The two scholars both serve as associate directors of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Collaboration with Watertown Schools

Assistant Professor Rebecca Lowenhaupt will lead an initiative in collaboration with Watertown Public Schools in an effort to encourage more participation among families in programs and events at their children's schools.

Top and Bottom of Change

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves discussed how large-scale reform efforts in England and Ontario, Canada serve as examples of how a leading from the middle approach can be effective and superior to other approaches.

Seeding the Future

Professor Mike Barnett heads to the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools to present STEM research produced by nine Lynch School investigators. The Summit is based on an initiative to create more schools that incorporate key elements of redesign including a focus on expanding STEM opportunities.

Alumnus Appointed as Ireland's First Chair of Assessment

Michael O'Leary, Ph.D. '99, was appointed as Prometric Chair in Assessment at Dublin City University, the first position of its kind in Ireland. He will also take on the role of Director of the Research Centre for Assessment in Education, which will be part of DCU's Institute of Education.

Learning from a Diverse, New Germany

Professor Dennis Shirley writes that when the United States picks exemplars, diversity of student population should be among the characteristics of the model countries.

Alumna Improves City School, Receives Award

Current doctoral student Lindsa McIntyre, M.Ed. '96, LLA '13, won the “School On the Move” award on behalf of Jeremiah E. Burke High School from nonprofit EdVestors. The award recognizes the city of Boston’s most improved school and includes a $100,000 prize.

CIHE Releases Global Higher Education Research

The Center for International Higher Education, in collaboration with the American Council on Education, released new research that takes an in-depth look at internationalization-related federal policies in the U.S., and includes recommendations to improve their effectiveness.

Alumnus' Math Project Adds Up

Adrian Mims, Ed.D. '10, created the Calculus Project in 2009, which aims to better equip African-American, Latino, and low-income students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at high-level math and beyond. Started in Brookline, the project has since expanded to other schools in the region, as well as to Florida and New York.

Virginia Teacher of the Year

Natalie DiFusco-Funk '03, M.Ed. '08, has been named Virginia state Teacher of the Year. The fifth-grade teacher, who says she has her "her dream job," will now be the state's nominee for National Teacher of the Year honors.

Former Eagle Receives Genius Grant

Alex Truesdell, M.Ed. '82, was named a MacArthur Fellow last week and received a Genius Grant for her work in creating low-tech, affordable tools and furniture that enable children with disabilities to participate actively in their homes, schools, and communities.

Alumna Among Indonesia "40 Under 40"

Entrepreneurial alumna Anandita Makes, B.A. '13, head of hospitality management company Plataran Hotels & Resorts and founder of French bakery Passionnée in Jakarta, is among 40 under 40 rising stars featured by Prestige Indonesia Magazine.

Teaching as a Team Sport

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves comments on the state of teaching, noting that schools must be vibrant places where not just students, but teachers are constantly learning with the support of peers.

Extremes of Scientific Credit

Nationalistic medal chasing and an explosion in the number of journal article coauthors illustrate two sides of the same coin: systems of scientific credit have run amok, writes Research Professor Philip Altbach.

Professor Elected to NAE Board of Directors

Cawthorne Chair Marilyn Cochran-Smith was appointed to the National Academy of Education's board of directors. She will serve a four-year term.

Game-Based Learning

Professor Mike Barnett comments on the evolution of game-based learning and gamification in schools used as an approach to motivation.

In Memoriam: Carolyn A. Lynch

Carolyn Lynch, a proud Boston College parent, honorary degree recipient and generous University benefactor who, along with her husband Peter, was the namesake of the Carolyn A and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, has died of leukemia. She was 69.

Sowing Seeds of Success

Teens are putting science and math to work to become hydroponic farmers and successful green entrepreneurs through a program led by Professor Mike Barnett. The Urban Hydrofarmers Project is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Honoring Carolyn's Legacy

We are greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Carolyn Lynch, friend and benefactor to ​the Lynch School of Education​. We extend our condolences to Peter Lynch '65, H'95, and his family, and honor Carolyn's many ​contributions by striving for excellence in living out the mission of the school that bears her name. Read more about the Lynches impact on the Lynch School.

Challenging China's Curriculum

Some of China's children are now being taught in a style that's more typically American, focused less on memorization for grueling exams and more on thinking and reason, thanks to Professor Mike Barnett. His methods, already at use in 500 U.S. schools and now being introduced to the Chinese curriculum.

Pope Francis in the U.S.

Roche Center for Catholic Education Executive Director Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill commented on why the pope chose to address Congress, after his most recent address during his visit to America.

Dealing With Stressors at Urban Schools

Kearns Chair Mary Walsh, founder of City Connects, writes that non-academic barriers to success require relieving the distressing events that burden urban students.

BC a Leader in Teach for America

With 19 alumni in the 2015 corps, BC is ranked 10th among colleges and universities having between 3-10 thousand undergraduates. The new cohort brings the Teach for America force to 50,000 in its 25th year.

New Leaders for BPS

Nearly one in five Boston public schools will be led by new principals this fall, among them Rochelle Valdez, who recently completed a training program at the Lynch Leadership Academy and will be principal of Mather Elementary School in Dorchester.

An Interfaith Journey

Lynch School senior Molly Boigon shared the experiencing of coming to embrace her Jewish faith while a student at BC in a piece for WGBH News, where she served as a production assistant.

City Connects Expands to New Sites

City Connects, a student support program based in the Lynch School under the direction of Kearns Professor Mary Walsh, will begin working with seven Catholic schools in Minnesota under a $1.9 million grant from the GHR Foundation.

Rankings and Olympics

Research Professor Philip Altbach, founding director of the Center for International Higher Education, and Associate Director Laura Rumbley examined parallels between sport and the grading of global institutions.

Developing an Educated Workforce

Boisi Chair Henry Braun was among a group of experts who discussed how developing a skilled and educated workforce can boost all levels of the economy.

Higher Ed Internationalization

Hans de Wit, new director of the Center for International Higher Education, spoke at a recent conference of the International Education Association of South Africa where he discussed aspects of the internationalization of teaching and research.