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Penn is making a dramatic difference in public education. Strengthened by the development of an rigorous liberal arts curriculum, regular engagement by Penn faculty, and stellar academic performances by the students, the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School (commonly called the Penn Alexander School or PAS) has emerged as a model of a high-achieving, urban public school since opening in 2001.
Penn has also taken a leadership role in partnering with the School Reform Commission to revive struggling low performing schools. By providing professional development and managerial assistance, Penn's Graduate School of Education has helped to improve student achievement at the Lea Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School.
Storytime!, the latest in the Penn GSE EdCast series, features the research of Penn GSE Professor Lawrence Sipe and the classroom practice of Lea teachers Fern McCloskey and Natalia Mykytiuch -- and the readings of their students. The episode looks at how young children respond to literature -- and what it means for our society. Listen here.