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EDSi Fellows pitch ideas to change education

After six months of close collaboration, seven early-stage education companies participating in the Education Design Studio pitched their ideas to educators, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs February 5 at Demo Day.  

Education Business Plan helped Degreed find its way to success

In early 2012, Degreed was little more than an idea for tracking lifelong educational accomplishments. Co-founder David Blake believed in his fledgling company’s concept, but he was still trying to figure out if the idea would work as a business.

Four Penn GSE faculty chosen to lead three top education associations

Penn GSE faculty have achieved a rare trifecta in the leadership of professional organizations. Three top associations in education have elected four Penn GSE faculty members to current or future terms as president—demonstrating the School’s place at the forefront of education.

NYT features Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on children’s literature and race

A controversial children’s picture book, A Fine Dessert, has sparked heated discussions about diversity and historical accuracy in children’s literature. In a November 6 article, the New York Times called upon Penn GSE Assistant Professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas to weigh in on the debate, highlighting her perspective as an expert on children’s literature and race.

Porter: Teachers need support to make standards work

President Barack Obama’s call to limit standardized testing and the release of the latest NAEP scores have again shifted the focus on education reform to how and how often students are tested.

But for education reform to succeed, emphasis should be placed on helping educators implement college- and career-readiness standards, Andy Porter — Penn GSE’s former dean and Director of the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) — wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet.

Newest cohort of education entrepreneurs join EDSi, the hybrid incubator-seed fund

October 29, 2015 – Once a month, eight teams of entrepreneurs meet in Philadelphia to further develop ventures aimed at solving educational problems, from pre-school education in Kenya to better managing resources at low-income school districts. These entrepreneurs make up the Education Design Studio Inc.’s (EDSi) 2015-2016 cohort of education Fellows.  They were selected from approximately 300 applicants worldwide, said Executive Director of Innovation @ Penn GSE Bobbi Kurshan, for their potential to create new pathways for learning.

Center for MSIs’ #MeetTheMatch campaign shares stories to encourage social giving

At Minority-Serving Institutions across the country, students and faculty benefit from the work of Penn GSE’s Center for MSIs. In the last year alone, the Center, run by Marybeth Gasman, has produced in-depth reports, offered research fellowships, created a guide to graduate school for students at MSIs, and run a conference for early-career MSI faculty.

Global Education Forum builds connections between educators

Educators from across the country and around the world gathered at Penn this month to explore how schools can help their students become engaged global citizens.

The two-day Global Education Forum allowed educators to learn from one another, with an ultimate goal of developing a vibrant education ecosystem for teacher learning, said Mike Johanek, director of the Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Alumni and Friends Meet Dean Grossman in China

Following up on the School’s June gathering at the recently launched Penn Wharton China Center, Dean Pam Grossman continued fostering ties with the Penn GSE and education communities in China at several September events held in Shanghai and Beijing. Alumni of GSE and Penn, prospective students, parents, and friends had the opportunity to meet Dean Grossman, make new connections, and learn GSE’s latest updates.

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