The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) uses a liberal arts perspective to reflect on, understand, and influence education in society. If you're interested in the program, email Ann Primus Berends to make an appointment.

Interested in questions like these?...

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • How does the history of the US educational system contribute to its present form and goals?
  • Are educational opportunities equitable for all?
  • What factors influence educational achievement?
  • How do students learn and which classroom and teacher factors influence learning?
  • How does education contribute to the development of the "good" citizen and the "just" society?

Become an ESS Minor! 

Contact the ESS Office to learn more.


ESS is great preparation for graduate school.  Here's what former ESS student Walter Nogay told us in a recent email: "I started [graduate school] classes last week, and I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the experiences provided to me by the ESS minor. The readings we covered in your class and in the other classes and the work assigned are very similar to the readings and assignments of my grad school courses so far. As a result, I feel well prepared for my program. I am working on arranging an independent study on an active research project at GWU, and the work I did in the Capstone course gave me a great foundation that I can now use to help with the research...If any of your students are considering graduate school in education, please tell them I said the ESS minor is great preparation for the courses they'll take." 



Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!


This week Friday, September 5, enjoy a free lunch and hear Dr. John DiIulio speak on his acclaimed, Gates-funded report about high school drop out rates--"The Silent Epidemic." (It received huge attention, both among educators and in the wider public, including coverage by both TIME Magazine and Oprah Winfrey.) Noon, Remick Commons of Visitation Hall. RSVP: by Wednesday.


Make a difference in someone's life this year:  Tutor! This 1.5-2 hr/week opportunity serves Arab refugee children living in Jefferson Apartments.  (Transportation is available if you need it.)  Last year two children who were failing 2nd grade were able to successfully complete the year and move on to 3rd grade because of this program.  Starts Thursday, September 4. Email Dr. Peg Walter, volunteer coordinator, for more information.



Get your research on!  Is STEM Education your thing? Email Dr. Matt Kloser  to learn about two available research positions focused on teaching and learning in K-12 STEM contexts. Time commitment is flexible.  Looking for work? Email Dr. Jim Frabutt (with the Alliance for Catholic Education), who needs a student worker to help with survey data entry and basic descriptive analyses. 10 hours per week, compensated at an hourly rate. Microsoft Excel proficiency required; SPSS or Stata proficiency a plus. In your email, briefly detail your interest and qualifications and include a current resume.



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