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May 19, 2011 - Freedom School, a Penn GSE Films video directed by Amitanshu Das, has received a 2011 Telly Bronze Award in Education Documentary.
The 26-minute documentary follows a dedicated team of educators and college students working at Children's Defense Fund Freedom School, a summer reading and writing program for children in West Philadelphia. The School aims to instill a love of learning and self-esteem in kids growing up in a neighborhood with one of the highest murder rates in the country.
May 12, 2011 - Bolgen Vargas, a 2010 graduate of Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, has been named the interim superintendent of the Rochester City School District.
His selection comes less than a month after outgoing Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard announced that he is leaving to take over the Chicago Public Schools.
May 6, 2011 - In time for Commencement 2011, the School has launched a Penn GSE shop, with a full line of merchandise, all featuring the Penn GSE logo.
Inventory includes a wide selection of products, including clothing, hats, totes and bags, golf items, drinkware, desk items, and a special Eco-Friendly section. Clothing includes the full line of sportswear for men, women, and kids – everything from T-shirts to fleece jackets.
To receive a 20% discount on any item, use the special promo code, penngse.
April 27, 2011 - Tamara Rozhon, a graduate of Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program, has been appointed president of Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Rozhon has worked closely with Pacific Oaks since 2009 as an advisor and was named interim president in November 2010.
April 19, 2011 - The recipient of the Graduate School of Education’s 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award is Practice Professor James (Torch) Lytle, who also coordinates Penn’s education management relationship with the School District of Philadelphia.
March 28, 2011 - A UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy has been established at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. The first of its kind at a U.S. school of education, the UNESCO Chair will focus on achieving UN Millennium Development Goals in the area of basic education and literacy in the poorest countries of the world.
Established within Penn’s International Literacy Institute (ILI), the UNESCO Chair will be held by Dr. Dan Wagner, a professor of education at Penn GSE and Director of the ILI.
March 8, 2011 - Over 90 faculty, students and staff will be making presentations at this year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, held in New Orleans, April 8-12. A complete pdf listing of sessions with Penn GSE presenters is available by clicking here.
March 3, 2011 - On March 31-April 1, “Civil Disabilities: Theory, Citizenship, and the Body,” an interdisciplinary conference on citizenship and disability, will be held on the Penn campus.
The conference will feature leading disability scholars who will discuss topics ranging from the history of disability and citizenship in the U.S., to civic fitness and assistive technologies, to disability and sexuality.
February 17, 2011 - In February, Penn GSE hosted a delegation of Kazakh educators for an intensive, two-week program that focused on educational governance and management. The delegation was composed of members from the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools — a group of secondary schools in Kazakhstan that is collaborating with GSE faculty as part of their country's push for educational reform.