• Global Impact
September 19, 2016

Wolf’s research is helping education leaders in Ghana reimagine the school experience.


  • Teaching & Leadership
September 8, 2016

Penn GSE’s Educator’s Playbook offers a variety of lesson ideas for teachers and administrators to explore in schools and classrooms. 

  • Education Policy
September 14, 2016

In looking at Pennsylvania’s last attempt at a school funding formula, the Penn GSE researchers provided insight about funding levels needed to reduce inequity between districts. 

  • Race & Equity
September 6, 2016

Gasman and photographer Andrew Feiler will discuss this month’s exhibit of his work documenting Morris Brown College at the Inn at Penn.

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Sigal Ben-Porath and Rand Quinn offer practical ideas for teachers of any subject who are hoping to introduce their students to civic engagement in the classroom.

Awards & Honors

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

A partnership with the School District of Philadelphia Neighborhood Network 2 (West Philadelphia) will build capacity in mathematics instruction and achievement in grades 3-8. Funded by the Carl Haas Foundation & the William Penn Foundation, this project leverages established research and practice relationships between the SDP & Penn GSE’s CPRE in the use of formative assessment in mathematics improvement.