• Philly Impact
February 16, 2017

At each dinner in the Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers series, chefs prepare food—and provide a cooking lesson—from two cultures, and guests enjoy the food together. The Reading Terminal Market could handle the food, but asked Harris Sokoloff of Penn GSE's Penn Project for Civic Engagement to create a framework to ease the guests into a deeper conversation. 


  • News from Penn GSE
February 21, 2017

Penn GSE now has a total of 13 AERA Fellows, representing more than half of the school’s full professors. Penn is the only university with more than one faculty member granted the prestigious research honor in 2017. 

  • Innovation
February 17, 2017

Bobbi Kurshan told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the best teachers and entrepreneurs have similar skill sets. 

  • Teaching & Leadership
  • Global Impact
February 10, 2017

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.

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Eleni Miltaskaki explains how you can arm you students against fake news.

Awards & Honors

Nelson Flores is the winner of the 2017 AERA Early Career Award in Bilingual Education Research. The award recognizes an individual in the early stages of his or her career whose work stands out for its excellence in moving the field forward. The selection committee also considered each candidate’s potential for continued prominence in bilingual education, and recognized Dr. Flores's potential to add new knowledge to the field. The award will be presented at the 2017 AERA BER SIG business meeting in San Antonio.

(Posted 2/17/2017)

Laura Perna of Penn AHEAD has received a $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for the project, “Improving Equity in Higher Education Attainment in the United States.” Dr. Perna and the Penn AHEAD team will continue their work with the Pell Institute on the Indicators of Higher Education Equity reports, identifying best practices of colleges and universities that enroll and graduate high shares of low-income students.

(Posted 2/15/2017)