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At Penn GSE, our students and faculty move education forward every day. Read the latest news about our work below. For media inquiries, please visit the Penn GSE Press Room.


Vivian Gadsden named president of AERA, Shaun Harper becomes Council Member-at-Large

March 26, 2015—Vivian L. Gadsden, William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Penn GSE journal highlights work in Philly schools

March 25, 2015—The latest issue of Penn GSE’s student-run journal examines Philadelphia schools and the different ways educators are working to effect positive change in the city.

Graduate Women’s Leadership Conference Provides New Skillsets for Women Graduate Students

Women attend GWLC 2015

Women from across Penn's graduate schools attended on March 20th, including co-organizer Lois MacNamara (foreground).


Former Penn GSE Dean Andy Porter honored for influential research

March 11, 2015—Former Penn GSE dean and quantitative methods expert Andy Porter has been honored by The American Educational Research Association (AERA) with the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.

DATE CHANGE: Centennial Performance By Acclaimed Social Commentator Anna Deavere Smith

March 10, 2015—In celebration of its Centennial, Penn GSE has invited actress, playwright and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith for a special performance on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Penn Museum.

Penn GSE recognized as a national leader

March 10, 2015 — Penn’s Graduate School of Education has once again been recognized among the best-performing graduate schools of education. U.S. News and World Report named the School 7th in its recently released 2016 rankings, the fourth consecutive year Penn GSE has placed within the top 10.

Penn GSE’s innovation research on display at SXSWedu conference

March 9, 2015—Representatives from Penn GSE and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) will be presenting two sessions at this week’s cutting-edge SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX. The fifth annual event, which is part of a family of premiere conferences in technology, music, and film, celebrates innovations in learning.

Working with refugees in the Middle East inspired education entrepreneurship

March 4, 2015 — 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

MCDPEL Innovations Lab launches weekly podcast focused on real-world scenarios in education leadership

March 2, 2015—The new Innovations Lab at the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (@MCDPEL) at Penn GSE will launch a weekly scenario-based educational leadership podcast, entitled #BACKCHANNELedu, starting Monday, March 2. The series is focused on problem-solving real-life challenges submitted by educational leaders, and each episode ends  with a cliffhanger.