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Cheryl Logan, a Penn GSE alumna, has been named the Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools.
Logan, a graduate of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, had been serving as the School District of Philadelphia's Chief Academic Officer before being tapped to lead Nebraska's largest school district.
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In recent years, students and researchers at some of the country's most prestigious universities have begun looking at those institutions' ties to slavery.
For educators, a central challenge of the Trump presidency is teaching students to engage in debates with a sense of respectfulness Donald Trump seldom uses in his public discourse, according to Penn GSE’s Jonathan Zimmerman.
Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer days after reports that Trump disparaged Haiti and African nations in a Cabinet meeting, Zimmerman offered advice for a teacher whose student uses Trump’s words in a debate about immigration.
Each year, Penn GSE welcomes leading thinkers and researchers from across the country for its Visiting Scholars of Color lecture series.
Eight researchers from Penn GSE, plus another Penn faculty member with a secondary appointment at GSE, have made Education Week’s 2018 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list.
The list, created by Rick Hess, the Director of Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, recognizes scholars whose work shapes public discussion around education.
For years, Penn GSE’s John Fantuzzo and his research team have been leveraging big data systems to paint a more holistic picture of the challenges facing Philadelphia’s schoolchildren. In addition to looking at school demographics, Fantuzzo’s team cross-referenced city data on students’ homelessness, lead exposure, low birth weight and more.
The idea of researchers “collaborating” with a community is a common one, but Gerald Campano, Penn GSE associate professor of literacy and culture, believes that it is often a hollow term. His mission has been to create deep, long-term collaborations for community-based research that are a genuine and equal sharing of knowledge.
When he started working with children, Penn GSE’s Howard Stevenson, a clinical psychologist, would move his therapy sessions out of the office and onto the basketball court.
“The young people would often talk more during the games. It ended up being part of a model that I used later on,” Stevenson recently told the Penn Current.