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The Magic of Words

November 4, 2010 - As they peer out of school bus windows, skip rope, and page through their favorite books, children freely imagine a once-upon-a-time. They spin their own stories and dream of writing their own happy endings.

Now, in a cozy aerie in North Philadelphia, they can do just that.

PhilWP Teacher Briefs Congress on Digital Media

October 4, 2010 - In September, Robert Rivera-Amezola, a fourth grade teacher at Frances E. Willard Elementary School in Philadelphia, spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing about his innovative uses of digital media tools in the teaching of writing. Through his affiliation with the Philadelphia Writing Project, which is located at Penn GSE, Rivera-Amezola has led workshops on podcasting and the use of digital tools to develop digital literacies.

NSF Funds Research on Learning in Online Networks

September 29, 2010 - Virtually anywhere you look, technology is transforming the ways Americans are working together. Businesses make use of cooperative supply chains, scientific researchers coordinate large-scale projects online, and websites like Wikipedia turn to far-flung contributors who collaborate on content.

Policy Brief: Funding for HBCUs

September 22, 2010 - Penn Graduate School of Education, in conjunction with North Carolina Central University, has published a policy brief written by GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman.

Framing Choice


September 21, 2010 - "The whole idea of choice is highly politicized in this country," explains GSE professor Sigal Ben-Porath. Witness the raging political and popular debates between those who advocate minimal government intervention and regulation, and those who believe that the government should provide a more expansive support and a safety network to citizens.

GSE Welcomes Record Class

September 21, 2010 - This year, Penn GSE is welcoming its largest incoming class ever with 571 master’s students and 99 doctoral students – including those matriculated in the School’s executive programs. The Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership has welcomed 26 new students, and 24 new students have entered the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program.

Gasman To Speak at White House Conference

September 1, 2010 - Marybeth Gasman, an associate professor at Penn GSE, will speak at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference in Washington, D.C., during National HBCU Week, which runs Sept. 12-15.

Gasman and Nelson Bowman III, director of development at Prairie View A&M University of Texas, will speak about “Fundraising at HBCUs: An All-Campus Approach” on Monday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

BioGraph Project Lands NSF Funds

August 30, 2010 - MIT Associate Professor Eric Klopfer and Penn GSE Assistant Professor Susan Yoon have received a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a unified high school biology curriculum designed to deepen students’ understanding of difficult, and often misunderstood, scientific topics such as evolution.

$4 Million Grant to GSE Researchers

August 12, 2010 - A planned $54 million “Investing in Innovation” federal grant will bring $4 million to Penn GSE’s Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) to evaluate the effectiveness of a national program aimed at strengthening literacy among struggling first-graders in underperforming schools. Penn is part of a 16 University consortium working on this project — the consortium will raise $9 million toward the $54 million total, and the federal government will provide the other $45 million.

Penn GSE Launches U.S.-China Future Leaders Program

August 10, 2010 - Penn GSE-International is partnering with Beijing University and East China Normal University to create the U.S.-China Future Leaders Program to develop close relationships among young leaders and improve mutual understanding and respect.

Twenty students from universities in the U.S. and China are participating in this two-month program.  For one month the students will live in China and for one month they will live in the U.S.

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