As a professional school, Penn GSE strives to integrate theory and practice. Our faculty members are engaged both locally and globally and their scholarship has contributed to research, policy, and practice in West Philadelphia and throughout the world. Here are some examples.
PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth)
Dr. Howard Stevenson has consistently used scholarship to inform his intervention work. For example, his PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) program focuses on racial identity, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, and violence prevention. The program is being implemented and studied in West Philadelphia middle and high schools.
PEDAL@GSE (Practical English for Daily Living)
PEDAL@GSE (Practical English for Daily Living) was established in September 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Santoi Wagner. PEDAL offers free English as a Second language classes to adult family members of international students, scholars, and postdocs at the University of Pennsylvania. The classes are taught by Master’s students from the TESOL Program in the Educational Linguistics Division at GSE.
The Center on Minority Serving Institutions
The Center on Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania houses research, best practices as well as creative and innovative ideas for MSI’s. With strong sponsor backing, the center is able to support researchers, policymakers, funders, and students to call attention to the strengths and challenges these institutions face. The Center's founder and Director is Dr. Marybeth Gasman.
NCOFF (National Center on Fathers and Families)
Dr. Vivian Gadsden is the Director of the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF). The center was established in 1994 at the Penn Graduate School of Education. NCOFF is an interdisciplinary policy research center that is dedicated to research and practice and that is focused on the well-being of children and families.
The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education brings together University of Pennsylvania scholars who do research on race, racism, racial climates, and important subjects pertaining to equity in education. The Center aims to publish cutting-edge strategies for education policy and practice, with a main focus on improving equity in P-12 schools, colleges and universities, as well as social situations that influence educational outcomes. The Center's Executive Director and founder is Dr. Shaun Harper.
PACE (Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education)
PACE (Programs for Awareness in Cultural Awareness) is collaboration between Educational Linguistics/Intercultural Communication and the Greenfield Intercultural Center. It was founded in 1993 by Penn GSE student. Its mission is to train students to increase cross-cultural awareness at the University of Pennsylvania.
In May 2014, Dr. Matthew Hartley and Dr. Laura Perna co-founded the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD) at Penn GSE. Its mission is to foster equitable and democratic societies through higher education. AHEAD conducts original research and applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to address the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and the world.