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Lynch School Celebrates Class of 2016 at 140th Commencement

For the Class of 2016, Commencement marked the culmination of years of study and focus, and celebrated the beginning of promising futures. On Monday, May 23, thousands of family and friends gathered at Boston College's campus to celebrate graduates who fulfilled their degree requirements. 

Introducing the Newly Appointed Lynch School Dean

Boston College has named Stanton Wortham, the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor and former associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education.

STEM Index Draws on TIMSS Data

In 2016, the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index recorded a slight rise in hiring, education and general interest in technology and engineering over last year, while math education and general interest in science declined. The STEM Index draws on global data from Boston College’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center. 

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Lee '16

As Commencement nears, applied psychology and human development major Ryan Lee '16 reflects on the educational technology skills he learned both in and outside of the classroom. During his time at the Lynch School, Lee was president of Students for Education Reform; campus coordintator for Teach for America, and co-founder of the educational technology start-up TradeRoutes. 

 

Lynch Academy Marks Five Years

A joint initiative of the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management, the Lynch Leadership Academy has in its first five years served more than 150 principals and aspiring principals. The academy was established through a $20 million gift from the Lynch Foundation, created by Trustee Peter S. Lynch '65, H'95, P'01, and his wife, Carolyn A. Lynch H'09, P'01, who passed away last year.

Helping Guatemalans Find Missing Family

Professor M. Brinton Lykes, associate director for the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, is leading the Migration and Human Rights Project in helping residents of Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala to locate family members who have migrated to the U.S. The project is a collaboration among local Zacualpans, Guatemala-based researchers and religious, and Boston College-based students, faculty, and legal staff.

Ever To Excel

Visiting Lecturer Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy was named the Boston College Faculty 'Ever to Excel' Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award Winner for 2016, given to a faculty member who expanded the horizons, skills, and value systems of Boston College students by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom.

Rating the Ratings in Teacher Prep

A study led by Cawthorne Chair Marilyn Cochran-Smith finds leading systems used to evaluate teacher preparation programs lack evidence-based policies in their core designs. The findings were presented at the AERA annual meeting.

Honors at AERA

Professor María Estela Brisk was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 100th annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Ana Martínez Alemán received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education.

Latinos and Catholic Schools

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, executive director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, commented on her new report, "Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church."

Inaugural Faculty Seminar Builds International Connections

Associate Professor Paul Poteat embarked on an inaugural faculty seminar to Turkey. He helped to further Boston College's tradition of building global connections. 

Professor Launches International Educational Policy Initiative

The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory, founded by Professor Andy Hargreaves, aims to study and improve educational systems throughout the world.

Research Day at Boston College: Big Data

Professor and TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center Director Ina Mullis presented at Boston College's Research Day. The theme was “Big Data.” 

Lynch School Ranked as a Top School of Education

For the 16th consecutive year, the Lynch School of Education has been ranked a top 25 graduate school of education by U.S. News and World Report.

Developments in Career Psychology and Multiculturalism

Professor David Blustein sat down with the Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning to discuss his research on developments in career psychology, inclusion, and multiculturalism.

Professor Featured in New Series on Ethnicity and Health

Nelson Chair Anderson J. Franklin is currently being featured in the American Psychological Association’s Ethnicity and Health in America Series, entitled “Invisibility in the African-American Community.” 

Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church

A study by the Roche Center for Catholic Education and the School of Theology and Ministry reveals complex challenges for school leaders and clergy. 

Educational Collaboration in Sweden

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves comments on Sweden's educational decline over the last decade and what improvements have been made in recent years.

Revised SAT Focuses on Real World

Boisi Chair Henry Braun discusses the new question types on the revised SAT, which rolls out its first round of testing this week.

Higher Education Internationalization

Professor Hans de Wit commented on how internationalization is growing in importance at all levels in a presentation at the Association of International Education Administrators this week in Montreal.

Three Threats to Teacher Quality

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves discusses England's broken model of education and why the free-school model isn't working.

China's Glass Ceiling

Research Professor Philip Altbach comments on the state of China's higher education system and its successes.

NSF Grant Supports STEM Program

Professor Mike Barnett and BC colleagues, with faculty from Massachusetts Bay Community College, are leading a STEM career pathways program for low-income students at a range of education levels, funded through a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

'Outstanding Friend' to Education

On Feb. 12, Hargreaves was in Phoenix to receive the Horace Mann League of the USA’s 2016 Outstanding Friend of Public Education Award, an honor presented to the public schools’ leading advocates and thinkers.

Learning "Uno y one equals dos"

The Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools launched by the Lynch School's Roche Center for Catholic Education & executive director Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill has expanded to Dallas, Texas.

Deservingness in Migration

Associate Professor Leigh Patel writes on the deservingness in migration and other contingent citizenships within education and migration scholarship.

Mentoring in Math Education

An NSF-supported project led by Associate Professor Lillie Albert is preparing exemplary early career math teachers to work in high-need school districts in the Boston area by pairing them with master teachers.

Teacher-Powered Education

Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves spoke at England's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, where he discussed teachers coming together to create a movement of change in education.

Equity in Higher Education

Professor David Blustein, Associate Professor Karen Arnold, and alumnae Mandy Savitz-Romer, Ph.D. '04, and Elissa Chin Lu, Ph.D. '13, discuss equity in and access to higher education.

Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy

Associate Professor Usha Tummala-Narra released her latest book with the American Psychological Association, entitled "Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy."