• Teaching & Leadership
November 21, 2016

What started as a curriculum guide in the International Educational Development Program at Penn GSE continued to develop as two students brought it to their internship in Ethiopia.


  • Teaching & Leadership
  • Innovation
November 30, 2016

Penn GSE's Ryan Baker, whose research is situated at the bleeding edge of technology and learning, established the Penn Center for Learning Analytics (PCLA) and serves as its founding director.

  • Philly Impact
November 28, 2016

Savage, also a Penn Law graduate, brings diverse career experiences to her new role as principal. She hopes to inspire in her students the same sense of intellectual curiosity that kept her learning and exploring. 

  • Teaching & Leadership
November 17, 2016

When educators are under mental duress, they often focus on how they can help their students. This is both natural and noble. But Howard Stevenson, a Penn GSE clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, believes educators limit their impact and put themselves at risk if they don’t take steps to care for their well-being.

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Howard Stevenson offers advice for how educators can protect their students and care for themselves.

Awards & Honors

The Systemic Formative Assessment to Promote Mathematics Learning in Urban Elementary Schools is a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to focus on developing, implementing, refining, and testing a systemic support model to strengthen implementation of the Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) mathematics intervention in elementary schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). It seeks to deepen implementation through the introduction of supports, tools, and resources for school leaders that will be co-developed in a research practice partnership with the SDP and the Philadelphia Educational Research Consortium. 

The bioMAKERlab, an innovative wetlab starter kit and activities funded by the National Science Foundation, will enable high school students and teachers to engage in synthetic biology by building genetic circuits that let microorganisms change color, smell, and shape. In synthetic biology, participants make their own DNA—gene by gene—and then grow their designs into real applications by inserting them into microorganisms to develop different traits and characteristics provided by the genes. The project will involve students from a Philadelphia public high school and young people participating in weekend workshops at The Franklin Institute, a Philadelphia-based science museum.  

Efficacy Evaluation of Zoology One

IES has awarded a Goal 3 Efficacy grant of nearly $3.3 million to Consortium for Policy Researcher in Education (CPRE) Senior Researchers Abigail Gray and Philip Sirinides, partnering with The School District of Philadelphia. The mixed-methods study examines the impacts and implementation of Zoology One, an integrated literacy and science curriculum for improving the reading, writing, and science achievement of kindergarten students. For more information on this study, click here