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Quinn: Philadelphians should elect the city’s next school board

In 2018, Philadelphia will again have a local school board after 17 years of state control under the School Reform Commission.  

Mayor Jim Kenney has proposed that he should have the power to appoint a board, with City Council given the chance to confirm members.  

Former Danish education minister discusses school reforms

In 2011, the Danish government put out an open invitation to school leaders, teachers, policy makers, and industry partners to imagine a complete overhaul of the nation’s schools, serving students aged 1 to 19. 

Penn GSE and Wharton team for new dual-degree program

Cindy Liu arrived at Penn with a vision. She wants to create a global network of schools that focus on experiential and personalized learning.

Turning that vision into a reality will require succeeding in the classroom and on the balance sheet. So Liu is studying both business and education, as the first student in a dual-degree program that will allow her to earn an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master’s in Education Entrepreneurship from Penn GSE.

Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses racism, writing

Ta-Nehisi Coates was trying to explain how different audiences approach his writing, and what they seek in his detailed portrayals of the warping power of racism throughout American history.  

Students perform better when teachers have a greater role in school leadership, Richard Ingersoll finds

Students in schools where teachers have a greater role in school leadership and design of instruction perform better in mathematics and English language proficiency, as detailed in a new white paper from Penn GSE’s Richard Ingersoll.

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Mapping next steps for expanding arts education in Philadelphia

As part of an effort to expand arts education in Philadelphia, Penn GSE's Martin Ihrig helped conduct a 16-month study to identify which public schools have access to art or music education. 

Connecting Alumni: Penn GSE Launches Alumni Directory Project

With more than 16,000 graduates living and working in six continents, more than ninety countries, and all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, Penn GSE’s alumni community is diverse and robust. A renewed priority for Penn GSE is connecting alumni to the School and to each other – whether through on-campus programming or online outreach – in order to build stronger professional networks and communicate about the work of the school.

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Putting synthetic biology in the hands of high school students

Penn GSE's Yasmin Kafai is bringing the new field of synthetic biology into Philadelphia high schools.

Kafai is collaborating with PennDesign's Orkan Telhan to develop affordable, safe, and user-friendly synthetic biology wetlab kits for high school students. Students use the kits to build genetic circuits, which they insert into microorganisms to manipulate the color, smell, and shape of the organisms.

After working with Penn GSE researchers, Meredith School students take the lead in math class

Before Philadelphia's William M. Meredith School partnered with Penn GSE and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, most math classes were traditional lectures. But as part of the Ongoing Assessment Project, teachers at the school began reworking their lessons.

Students notice the difference, according to a story in The Philadelphia Tribune.

“We will ask a kid a very open-ended question and the key is to show their thinking," math lead teacher Jessica Tilli told The Philadelphia Tribune.

New honor for pioneering faculty member Yasmin Kafai

Yasmin Kafai, the chair of Penn GSE’s Teaching, Learning and Leadership division, has been named the inaugural Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor in Education.

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