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More people than ever are actively working to right social injustice. BU Wheelock leads the movement to promote equity and social justice. Our academic programs prepare professionals who dismantle systemic barriers and create positive change for all children and families.

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates!

BU Wheelock is hosting two Convocation events during BU’s Commencement activities. Convocation for undergraduates will be held on May 20, and Convocation for master’s and doctoral candidates will be held on May 21. Both events will be livestreamed.

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Undergraduate students are now able to enroll in the BS in Education & Human Development, BU Wheelock’s  undergraduate major. This program combines coursework and field-based experiences in education, human development, psychology, and the social sciences.

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Leslie Dietiker, associate professor of mathematics education at BU Wheelock, has been awarded the 2022 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Efe Shavers is pictured second from right

Efe Shavers, a third-year doctoral students in applied human development, was recently named an AACTE Holmes Scholar. Learn more about her research on critically conscious pedagogy and what past BU Wheelock Holmes Scholars are doing today

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Where research becomes action

BU Wheelock conducts innovative, relevant, and timely research. We work with our partners to use that knowledge to address the challenges they face. And we provide graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in this work.

Researchers used artificial intelligence to analyze thousands of videos from a database of American Sign Language

Deaf studies scholar Naomi Caselli and a team of researchers found that American Sign Language (ASL) signs that are challenging to perceive are made closer to the signer’s face and common ones, and those with more routine handshapes, are made further away from the face. The findings suggest that ASL has evolved to be easier for people to recognize signs.

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Dr. Olivia Chi presents research findings at the BU Wheelock Forum
Olivia Chi presents at the BU Wheelock Forum

With the COVID-19 pandemic spanning multiple schools years, concerns regarding what some called a “mass exodus” of teachers began to rise. Despite these fears, a recent report by BU Wheelock's Olivia Chi and Andrew Bacher-Hicks, who studied the teacher workforce in Massachusetts, shows that it was actually fairly stable throughout the first year of the pandemic.

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A more just world for all

BU Wheelock’s students, faculty, and alumni develop and sustain long-term partnerships with communities and organizations. Let’s build a community of respect, friendship, collaboration, and action. Join us.

Bullying dropped during pandemic, new study shows

In a new study, researchers at Boston University’s Wheelock Educational Policy Center found rates of bullying fell dramatically in the United States when schools shut their doors in spring 2020—dropping between 30 and 40 percent. Surprisingly—given all those Zoom lessons and spikes in screen time—levels of cyberbullying also fell by a similar rate when children were stuck at home.

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Kirsten Slungaard Mumma BU Wheelock

Kirsten Slungaard Mumma, a postdoctoral research associate at the Wheelock Educational Policy Research Center, will work with a team of educational policy experts to explore new directions for K-12 education research.

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Katie Parodi Boston University

A new study explores how schools can offer critical support for transgender and gender diverse youth. Katie Parodi, a PhD candidate in counseling psychology, explains the study.

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Hannah Morris Mathews, Jennifer Lillis, and Elizabeth Bettini examined the factors shaping the effectiveness of teachers’ instruction in self-contained special education classrooms.

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