Global Impact

Asia Society and Penn Graduate School of Education Partner for Global Education Conference October 16 & 17

Philadelphia, PA– Two premier global institutions, Asia Society and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), have announced today they will co-sponsor a unique learning event focusing on global education.  Intended for K-12 practitioners, higher education faculty and interested community organizations and businesses, the Asia Society – Penn GSE Global Education Forum will be held on October 16 and 17 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Global Education Forum builds connections between educators

Educators from across the country and around the world gathered at Penn this month to explore how schools can help their students become engaged global citizens.

The two-day Global Education Forum allowed educators to learn from one another, with an ultimate goal of developing a vibrant education ecosystem for teacher learning, said Mike Johanek, director of the Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Alumni and Friends Meet Dean Grossman in China

Following up on the School’s June gathering at the recently launched Penn Wharton China Center, Dean Pam Grossman continued fostering ties with the Penn GSE and education communities in China at several September events held in Shanghai and Beijing. Alumni of GSE and Penn, prospective students, parents, and friends had the opportunity to meet Dean Grossman, make new connections, and learn GSE’s latest updates.

Alan Ruby honored with Membership of the Order of Australia

Alan Ruby and Kim Beazley spent six years working together to modernize Australia’s education system.

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher one of twelve Penn Global Education Fund Award Winners

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher sees a connection between global and local happening in her backyard.

The Associate Director of Penn GSE’s International Educational Development Program lives in New York City, home to one of the largest refugee populations in the United States. After the most basic needs of resettled refugees have been addressed, communities face the often-formidable challenge of meeting their educational needs. Along with colleagues from Teachers College at Columbia University, she’s exploring ways in which New York City schools are meeting those needs.

Working with refugees in the Middle East inspired education entrepreneurship

Colin Gilbert had been working with refugees in Jordan for 10 months when neighboring Syria collapsed under a devastating civil war. 

Colin with 2 women in Amman

Sharon Ravitch discusses international development at Africa-America Institute symposium

There’s a real danger when doing international development work of well-meaning organizations reinforcing a harmful deficit narrative.

That was a key message Penn GSE Senior Lecturer Sharon Ravitch delivered in her presentation to the Africa-America Institute’s symposium “The Future of African Leadership — Assembling Leadership Development on the Continent.” The event was held at Penn GSE in December.

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