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At Moder Patshala, education is a community activity

From the outside, Moder Patshala looks like many other brick homes in West Philadelphia. But walk through the front door, and a narrow hallway leads to a classroom in the back, and a stairwell covered in pictures about Bangladeshi culture leads to a basement chock-full of books, desks, and a small row of computers.

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Learning by making, and sometimes failing

Yasmin Kafai believes in the opportunities Maker Jawn provides for Philadelphia children.

The project —with a name true to the city — connects Philadelphia children and adolescents with volunteer mentors and Penn GSE students to learn and build. Maker Jawn kids meet outside of school to work on projects ranging from coding to cooking to sewing to construction. As leaders explained in a recent Grid story, the point is to engage the children’s natural creativity and curiosity.

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The School District of Philadelphia and Penn’s Graduate School of Education Launch First-Ever Formal Researcher-Practitioner Partnership

Philadelphia, PA—A formal research partnership between Penn’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) has been launched, with the aim of assisting the District’s school turnaround and new schools efforts.

Penn GSE Study Suggests That in the Classroom, the Risks of the Few Affect the Performance of the Many

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Kat Stein, Exec. Director of Communications / (215) 898-9642

Study Mines "Big Data" Across Philadelphia Social Agencies and Public Schools to Examine Impact

Philadelphia, PA– If big-city school systems had a clear picture of the risks that put their students most in danger of falling behind academically, educators and policy makers could build locally targeted solutions for the achievement gap.

On the Move for Literacy

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Miriam Harris, Administrative Assistant
Philadelphia Writing Project
4201 Spruce Street, Bldg. 1921
Philadelphia, PA  19104


Philadelphia, PA– The Philadelphia Writing Project’s 3rd Annual Walk for Literacy on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Penn Park (217 S. 33rd St., Phila.,PA  19104) will feature fun, exercise, and a spotlight on literacy. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit youth writing programs like Project Write, PhilWP’s summer writing enrichment camp for teens, and community-based writing programs.

Penn GSE Report Released At Philadelphia City Council Hearing on Education Funding

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Kat Stein / (215) 898-9642

November 20, 2013 – A University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) report was released today as part of a Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education hearing on education funding.

Adelante screening part of World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia's schedule of events for the Papal visit and World Meeting of Families will be enriched by a screening of the 2014 documentary Adelante, which was directed by Penn anthropology graduate student Noam Osband. 

Martin Ihrig works with Philadelphia schools and musicians to expand music education opportunities

Philadelphia has always been a city of great musicians. But financial challenges have chipped away at the system that gave many city students a chance to train and play with world-class talents.

A new collaboration between the nonprofit Project 440, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the School District of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania aims to create a new and robust community for the city’s student musicians. 

Last week for families and educators to be heard in the School District of Philadelphia District-Wide survey

It’s the last week for parents, guardians, students, teachers, and principals in the School District of Philadelphia to have their voice heard in the 2015 District-Wide survey.

The District, with support from Penn GSE, is conducting the surveys to better understand what is happening inside Philadelphia’s schools, and how they can be improved.

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