• Race & Equity
  • Philly Impact
September 6, 2017

The Penn Futures Project has named three Calvin Bland Faculty Fellows to collaborate on research for boys and young men of color. Supported by a $2 million endowment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Fellows were selected from the faculty at Penn’s Schools of Nursing , Graduate School of Education, and Social Policy & Practice.


  • Higher Education
  • Education Policy
September 15, 2017

Ben-Porath offers a useful framework for thinking about free speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom, shifting the focus away from disputes about legality and harm and toward democracy and inclusion.

  • Education Policy
September 14, 2017

In an interview with Chalkbeat, Zimmerman argues that while fundamental elements of high school are similar, to say they haven’t changed isn’t accurate. 

  • Innovation
September 13, 2017

Golden was the co-founder and CEO of Educurious, and previously served as Pennsylvania’s deputy secretary for the Department of Education. 

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Annie McKee offers advice for teachers on how to be happy in their work.

Awards & Honors

Sharon Wolf was awarded approximately $420,000 by the British Academy for a longitudinal follow-up of children from project “Assessing Sustained Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Teacher Training Intervention on Children’s Early Primary Grade Outcomes.” This project will follow the children from the original study for an additional year as they transition into primary school to assess sustained impacts of the intervention.

(Posted 9/19/2017)

Yasmin Kafai and her project partner Michael Eisenberg from University of Colorado-Boulder received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Debugging by Design: Developing a Tool Set for Debugging with Electronic Textiles to Promote Computational and Engineering Thinking in High School.” The goal is to strengthen teachers’ and students’ computational and engineering thinking by helping them to become better at locating and fixing problems in their software and circuit designs. The project will investigate a new instructional approach in which students and teachers themselves (rather than the researchers) will design their own debugging activities and materials with electronic textiles.

(Posted 9/19/2017)