Global Impact

Wagner: The US needs UNESCO

This fall, The Trump administration announced the U.S. is withdrawing from UNESCO.

Penn GSE’s Dan Wagner, a Special Advisor to UNESCO’s Director-General, argues in an op-ed for The Hill that this decision is a mistake. [[image|right|faculty=4982|caption=Dr. Dan Wagner]]

“The truth is that the U.S. needs UNESCO more than UNESCO needs the United States.

Dan Wagner named Special Advisor to Director-General of UNESCO

In June of this year, Penn GSE’s Dan Wagner was appointed Special Advisor to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Throughout his career, Wagner has focused on problems of literacy in the developing world through applied research and advising international agencies, governments, and non-profits.

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Hannah Brenneman, teaching ambassador

These days, Hannah Brenneman is busy polishing up on her Spanish and preparing for her new role as a teaching ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in Mexico.

Yumi Matsumoto studies English as a lingua franca in powerhouse ELX Division

As the world becomes more connected, people from different countries, who speak different languages, need to find ways to communicate. Yumi Matsumoto examines how people from diverse backgrounds use English as a lingua franca to bridge these linguistic and cultural divides.

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Sharon Wolf brings expertise in early childhood to Penn GSE, Ghana

Sharon Wolf is helping education leaders in Ghana reimagine the school experience for the Gold Coast Country’s very youngest students. If they succeed, their work could change early childhood learning in Ghana and beyond.

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Penn GSE senior instructor, Fulbright fellow Sharon Ravitch helps transform higher education in India

Sharon Ravitch, a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a newly appointed Fulbright Scholar, is changing India’s educational systems through partnerships and research. 

In Zambia, Boruch and Penn GSE alums measure progress

Impact Network’s eSchool 360 program provides access to education to more than 2,200 students in rural Zambia. But the project might not have been possible had it not been for lessons learned in a classroom in Philadelphia. 

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova praises global impact of IEDP students

What more could Penn do to promote equitable and sustainable development in the world? Professor Dan Wagner, who leads the International Educational Development Program (IEDP) at Penn GSE, hears this question quite often.




Penn GSE lecturer and Holocaust survivor Nelly Toll’s art on display in Berlin

When she was a girl, Nelly Toll painted bright pictures. She painted women with print dresses and parasols, and a princess who invited Cinderella to her castle for piano concerts. She did not paint self-portraits, or the small room in Poland where she and her mother, both Jewish, hid in 1943 and 1944.

“There is no evidence in the pictures of war, even though any minute our door might have opened to let the Nazis in,” Toll recently told the New York Times.

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