Press Releases

A Silicon Valley for Education

August 10, 2010 - In June, a group of nervous young entrepreneurs gathered on the Penn campus to present their innovative ideas to a panel of industry leaders and venture capitalists.

Finalists in a business plan competition, the group waited nervously for the judges’ verdict. At stake was a handsome purse that would help the winners launch their ventures.

If you guessed that this scene played out at Wharton, guess again.

Gasman Gets Nod for Work on HBCUs

July 23, 2010 - Penn GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman has been awarded the 2010 Ozell Sutton Medallion of Justice for her research into and advocacy for historically black colleges and universities. The Medallion honors someone committed to enhancing civil rights and promoting justice for all.

Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., will present the award at the school’s convocation in late August.

A School Built on Hope

July 8, 2010 - "In a happy accident of geography, the builders set this school down on Hope Street. We're standing inside, but we are actually on Hope Street — it runs through our central hallway and out on the other side," explains Principal Cristina Alvarez.

Think Locally, Teach Globally

June 21, 2010 - When his mother discovered that 12-year-old Otto de Montenegro was cutting school to earn money working in the coffee fields, she gave him a good talking to.

"The second you lose your right to a pen and pencil," she said, "they're going to put a machete in your hand for the rest of your life."

Rebecca Maynard Named NCEE Commissioner

June 14, 2010 - Rebecca Maynard of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education has been named commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

The appointment was announced by John Easton, director of the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Winners Announced at Business Plan Competition

June 4, 2010 - Two Texans have won $25,000 in the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, the first-ever exclusively designed to promote innovation to improve education.

GSE Prof Helps Launch Nat'l Debate on Budget

May 25, 2010 - On Saturday, June 26, the city of Philadelphia will serve as the origination city for the AmericaSpeaks “Our Budget, Our Economy” National Town Meeting, a non-partisan, nation-wide on the growing national debt.

Competition Finalists Focus on Education Entrepreneurship

May 20, 2010 - Innovative solutions to recurring problems in education -- an elusive goal of K-adult educators and a priority of the Obama administration -- will take center stage at Penn GSE in early June.

On May 17, Penn GSE announced six finalists for the inaugural Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition who will be presenting their ideas for improving education on June 3. The finalists are:

District Honors GSE/TFA Students, Grads

May 10, 2010 - The Penn GSE/Teach For America Urban Teacher program is well represented in this year’s roster of Lindback Distinguished Teaching Prize winners in the School District of Philadelphia. The award, given annually, goes to one educator in each of the district’s high schools. Following is a list of the current or former GSE/TFA students who were honored:

Who’s Teaching Our Children?

May 7, 2010 - In an analysis of 20 years of demographic data, Penn GSE Professor Richard Ingersoll has uncovered some trends, many of which challenge conventional wisdom about the teaching profession in the U.S.

In a recent article in Educational Leadership, Dr. Ingersoll describes the findings from their analysis of the Schools and Staffing survey, the most comprehensive source of information available on the teaching force. Lisa Merrill, a doctoral student at Penn GSE, also worked on the study.

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