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Pam Grossman named Dean of Penn's top-ranked Graduate School of Education

March 26, 2014 -- Pam Grossman has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price. 

Innovative Education Fund Initiative Graduates First Cohort With “Demo Day”

Philadelphia, PA, March 20, 2014Penn’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) has announced that the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 million hybrid incubator and seed fund built specifically for education ventures, “graduated” its first cohort of entrepreneurs with a “Demo Day” last week. The inaugural cohort in the Penn GSE collaboration known as the Education Design Studio, Inc. (“EDSi”) debuted to what one venture’s founder described via Twitter as “outbursts of glee.”

Tony Sinanis Named 2014 NYS Elementary Principal of the Year

March 21, 2014  - Cantiague Elementary School principal Tony Sinanis has been chosen as the 2015 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year.  This annual award, provided by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), selects one outstanding candidate from an array of nominees.  These nominees are typically administrators who create a better overall community by providing exceptional experiences for their students and parents.

Dr. Laura W. Perna selected as a 2014 AERA Fellow by the American Educational Research Association

March 7, 2014 -- Penn GSE’s Dr. Laura W. Perna, Professor of Higher Education and Executive Director of Penn AHEAD, has been selected as a 2014 AERA Fellow by the American Educational Research Association.  One of 22 nationwide recipients, Dr. Perna will be inducted at the April 4th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Microgiving @ Penn GSE Funds Community Literacy Project in South Philly

February 19, 2014 - Students at the Aquinas Center, a Catholic organization serving South Philadelphia’s culturally and linguistically diverse populations, are learning how to ask critical questions about issues important to them thanks to Microgiving @ Penn GSE, a community-focused crowdfunding initiative. Last year, Dr.

West Philly Community Driving New Vision of Local K-8 School, With Penn Acting as a Facilitator of Change

February 17, 2014 - This past fall, the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Government and Community Affairs announced that Penn would deepen and substantially change its partnership with West Philly’s Henry C. Lea School.

Penn GSE to Host Twitter #satchat on Education Leadership Preparation Programs

February 13, 2014 - This Saturday, February 15, Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (@MCDPEL) will host #satchat, a weekly Twitter meeting among education leaders from across the globe. Held every Saturday morning, #satchat (derived from “Saturday chat”) is the largest education conversation on Twitter, drawing around 500 participants each week.

New Study by John Fantuzzo Suggests Risk Factors Affecting Some Students Impact Outcomes for All

February 10, 2014 – If big-city school systems had a clear picture of the risks that put their students most in danger of falling behind academically, educators and policy makers could build locally targeted solutions for the achievement gap.

GSE’s Susan Yoon Makes Her Mark in Global Learning Sciences Network

February 5, 2014 - Penn GSE is one of 24 inaugural schools around the world to be represented in a global initiative to foster high-quality Learning Sciences programs, the Network for Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences (NAPLeS). Created in 2012, NAPLeS is part of the educational mission of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, a leading professional society for academics, professionals, and students seeking the advance the sciences and practices of learning. 

Ed Linguistics Division to Host Year of Sound Event

February 5, 2014 - What does it feel like to be surrounded by the sounds of a language that you do not understand? This Friday, February 7th, Penn GSE’s Education Linguistics Division will present Sounding Out Language in partnership with the Penn Language Center in an effort to answer this question.