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Harris Sokoloff will lead civic engagement for a Penn program assisting energy regulators in Canada

November 21, 2014 — Harris Sokoloff will be part of a team from Penn helping craft models of performance for the regulators overseeing energy development in the Province of Alberta, Canada.

John Fantuzzo's data system provides model for cities studying students

November 18, 2014 — Dr. John Fantuzzo pioneered using Big Data to identify situations that put children at risk, followed by leveraging that data to search for solutions.

With research partner Dennis P. Culhane, Fantuzzo, Director of Penn GSE’s Child Research Center, developed the Kids Integrated Data System, which mines government databases for clues to help build resiliency in at-risk students.

Howard Stevenson's new book merges powerful storytelling, empirical data

A review in Teachers College Record found the new book by Howard Stevenson to be "highly accessible, yet intensely thought provoking." 

Young Black students’ voices heard at White House summit co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

October 23, 2014 — Nearly 400 people gathered for a White House-sponsored summit at Penn to hear young people talk about the realities of growing up Black in Philadelphia.

The crowd of educators and public officials was impressed, and inspired. 

Professor Emerita Susan Lytle to Receive Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award

October 13, 2014 — In December Penn GSE Professor Emerita Susan Lytle will receive the Literary Research Association’s 2014 Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Lytle’s decades of pioneering work in literacy, teaching and teacher learning and the influence she has had on the LRA membership.

Microgiving @ Penn GSE launches campaign supporting Penn AHEAD

October 1, 2014 – Penn GSE is using its first microgiving campaign of 2014-2015 to support Penn AHEAD. Founded in January 2014, the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy is dedicated to creating more accessible, more effective, and more democratic higher education institutions in the U.S. and other nations.

The School District of Philadelphia and Penn’s Graduate School of Education Launch First-Ever Formal Researcher-Practitioner Partnership

Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2014 – A formal research partnership between Penn’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) has been launched, with the aim of assisting the District’s school turnaround and new schools efforts. The School District of Philadelphia-Penn Graduate School of Education Shared Solutions (SDP-Penn GSE Shared Solutions) effort is one of 20 researcher-practitioner partnerships being funded over the next two years by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the U.S.

Penn GSE Kicks Off Yearlong Centennial Celebration

Incoming Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman, front row, center, poses with students during the school's celebration of its Centennial. Grossman will begin her term in January. (Photo by Hillary Wiesel)


Six Philadelphia Schools Open with a Dual Language Program Guided by Nelson Flores

September 8, 2014 — The important thing to remember in a bilingual education program, Nelson Flores told the teachers, is that a skill is a skill.

If a child is learning the skill, it initially doesn’t matter if they learn it in English or Spanish, Flores said. As they learn the languages, they will learn to think in the languages, and the skills will translate.