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Professors Present at 2017 Education International Conference

Thomas More Brennan Chair Professor Andy Hargreaves and Professor Dennis Shirley presented at the Education International: Unite for Quality Education and Leadership Conference, which was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Professor Hargreaves discussed "Professional capital, collective autonomy and the fight of our lives;" Professor Shirley focused on "New imperatives of educational change: Achievement with integrity." 

Professors Braun and Pullin Join the National Academy of Education (NAEd)

Professors Henry Braun and Diana Pullin were elected to membership in the NAEd for their scholarly contributions and their commitments to redefining educational policies to align better with research knowledge and public policy. The NAEd will welcome its 14 newest members formally at its 2017 NAEd Annual Meeting Dinner in November.

BC Alumnus Named 11th President of Elms College

Harry Dumay, Ph.D. ‘09, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, has been named 11th president of Elms College. Dumay’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017; his inauguration will be held in the fall. Previously, he served as the senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer at St. Anselm College.

The Value of International Faculty

In the era of globalization, the university is perhaps the most globalized institution within society. Professor Emeritus Philip Altbach explains the roles of international faculty, levels of participation, and their contributions to academia: “They are drivers of international consciousness at universities, they are often top researchers, and, in some countries, they constitute a large percentage of the academic labour force.”

Growing Influence: City Connects in Ohio

City Connects, working with Catholic Central of Springfield, OH, is building a network of providers and programs to improve educational opportunities for the students within the Springfield school system. True to the City Connects model, the network includes resources and services from across the community that will foster student academic success with its whole-child approach.

Are Public Displays of Emotion from Politicians Indicators of Empathy?

“More people want to have a sense that our leaders understand the experiences of the people they serve,” says Professor Jim Mahalik. He explains that we perceive politicians who cry and who display emotions publicly as more empathetic. Will our perception of relatability change in the coming years with the change of leadership?

Reinventing the Role of Humanities in Higher Education

Dean Stanton Wortham served as one of the four panelists at The Wharton School's Reimagine Education 2016. The panel discussion advocated for the value of a liberal arts education and the competition provided thought-provoking entries in academic innovation. It reminded us of the purpose of the humanities in higher education: to help students understand the complexities of what it is to be human.  

How Will We Address the Education Gap in 2017?

A part of The Brookings Institution Memo Series, City Connects' research reveals the benefits of leveraging existing community and school resources to improve the academic achievement of low-income students. "An estimate of City Connects’ return on investment finds that the costs of implementation can be outweighed three-to-one by the benefits to students, and to the nation," Professor Mary Walsh said.

The Focus of the New Education Age: Identity

“We cannot, should not, try to invest all our leadership hopes in one person, who could save us, or move us forward. We cannot, should not, invest our hopes in the identity politics of a particular leader,” Professor Andy Hargreaves said. He cautions against “identity politics” in education, using England as a positive example on how its schools avoid this issue through increased collaboration efforts among schools and communities.

The Benefit of Collaborative Professionalism

How does one develop professional capital? Dr. Andy Hargreaves explains the difference between professional learning and development and the return earned when you make an investment to foster both in the report, "Call to Action: Bringing the Profession Back In." The report comes from a joint research project led by Learning Forward, a large US-based professional learning association. 

Early Math Education: Important Knowledge for Children's Subsequent Achievement

Dr. Eric Dearing and his team reveal that early math education plays an equally crucial role in children's subsequent achievement as early literacy does. Their results suggest that early math skills learned with early maternal support have lasting and strong connections to long-term math achievement, regardless of demographics and a parent's level of education.

How Masculine Norms Can Lead to Poor Mental Health for Men

“With gender roles.... Females are encouraged to connect, and boys are encouraged to be self-reliant. In actuality, we need to do both,” reveals Dr. Jim Mahalik of the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department. In an article for The Christian Science Monitor, Dr. Mahalik connects strict conformity to masculine norms with poor mental health for men and explains the challenges associated with amending cultural norms.

Celebrating 20 Years of TIMSS

“TIMSS has contributed to the practice of evidence-based decision making in today’s shifting landscape of education policy,” explains Dr. Ina Mullis, one of the directors of the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assesses student achievement and tracks curriculum and instruction changes in global education. This year, we're celebrating 20 years of TIMSS research.

Professor Discusses Instructional Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Dr. David Scanlon discusses instructional accommodations for secondary school students with high-incidence disabilities (HI). He stresses the importance of student engagement within the school system and their active involvement in the accommodation process.

How Academic Freedom Protects the Global Public Good

Dr. Hans de Wit, Director of the Center for International Higher Education, and graduate student, Kathryn Hanson, discuss the importance of academic freedom in higher education throughout history. Academic freedom serves as the foundation of the university, advocating for free thought and speech, but often it is threatened within the current political climate.  

Professor Predicts What a Trump Presidency Means for College Debt

Dr. Ana Martinez Aleman predicts how a Trump presidency will affect student funding and college debt. In his plan, Trump seems to favor decreasing federal aid and increasing private-sector support, which would allow private lenders the power to control interest rates on their loans and to which type of student the loan is awarded.

Dean Wortham Received 2016 Sapir Book Award

Dean Stanton Wortham received the 2016 Sapir Book Prize for his jointly authored book, Discourse Analysis beyond the Speech Event. Dean Wortham and Dr. Angela Reyes, an English professor at Hunter College, have been awarded the prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.

Professor Honored for Commitment to Black Males in Education

Dr. A.J. Franklin received the distinguished Warrior Award at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education hosted in partnership with Bermuda College.  The award recognizes individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment, and leadership focused on the “most difficult” challenges impacting Black males in education globally.  


Dean Wortham to Host 'Film and Fellowship'

Dean Stanton Wortham will host 'Film and Fellowship,' a screening of his award-winning documentary Adelante, followed by a discussion and reception, on Tuesday, October 25, in the Yawkey Center’s Murray Room. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with a screening of the short film, followed by a Q&A. A reception will follow the program, which is co-sponsored by the Lynch School and the Office of News & Public Affairs.

Founding CIHE Director Comments on Chinese Admission Fraud

“Shame on the admissions people from these top schools who are doing this,” said Philip Altbach, the founding director of the Center for International Higher Education. Altbach's reaction comes from news that a major Chinese education company paid admissions officers at top U.S. universities to help Chinese students apply to American schools.

Avoiding Conflicts in International Student Recruitment

Hans de Wit, director of the Center for International Higher Education, weighs in on the potential conflicts of interest in international student recruitment. Stressing the importance of an independent admission process, de Wit cautions university admission officers when traveling to a country for a recruiting-related purpose.

Professor Addresses the Immigration-Job Debate in NBC Interview

Dr. David Blustein, Professor of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, addresses the ongoing debate surrouning immigration and jobs in America in his interview with NBC News. He reveals, "What politicians have been telling us about immigrants taking our jobs is not shared by the American people."

BC Announced Research Partnership with City of Newton

Boston College and the city of Newton announced its research partnership in line with Mayor Warren's Economic Growth for All initiative, a research-based policy framework designed to address income inequality and aimed to increase economic mobility for all of its residents.

Roche Center's Inaugural Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families

The Roche Center for Catholic Education brought together 200 thought leaders for the first-ever "National Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families." The conversation focused on exploring different opportunities for Catholic schools to adopt new strategies to better service Hispanic families.

Long-Term Math Success Predicted by Early Exposure

Professor Dearing and other researchers who serve on the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network explain the long-term developmental benefits of exploring basic math concepts with preschool-age children. The DREME Network has launched a number of initiatives that help parents teach their kids math through simple activities.

Should Higher Education Be Free?

Professor Diana Pullin and other experts in higher education debate one of the most popular policy concerns of the 2016 presidential debate: the cost of college. Pullin, a professor of education law and publicy policy, argues that the answer requires an understanding of the consensus of what should be "free" and the responsibilities of the state and federal governments in higher education.

Professor Established Collaboration for Global Education Initiative

Thomas More Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves established The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC), which involves a public-private collaboration between leading educational agencies and international experts. ARC hosted its inaugural summit on September 14-15 in Reyjavik, Iceland, launching its initiative to improve primary and secondary education systems worldwide.  

U.C.T.C. Student Spotlight: Megan Fischer '17

Megan Fischer starts her second year of teaching through the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (U.C.T.C.) this fall. She is pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and teaches third grade at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester, Mass. Read the full article by America Magazine to hear about Fischer's experience in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. 

City Connects Mentioned in NY Times Article

In the New York Times article, "To Teach a Child to Read, First Give Him Glasses," the author David L. Kirp discusses the impact of community schools. He mentions City Connects, which operates in 79 elementary schools mainly in the Northeast. As a best practice, this student support system connects students to a set of prevention, intervention and enrichment services.




Professor Honored at Unveiling of Historical Marker

The members of the Richmond 34, including A.J. Franklin, the David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education, were honored at the unveiling of a historical marker in Richmond, Va. for their sit-in during the Civil Rights Movement. The subsequent arrests of 34 Virginia Union University students, which were later overturned, represented a significant victory.