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Workshop series prepares graduate students for teaching in the university classroom

Doctoral students master an academic discipline, but they don't always spend time learning a vital skill for future professors: How to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level.

A new series of workshops sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is giving Penn GSE students a better understanding of how to manage a college classroom and communicate complex ideas.

Penn GSE student-run journal mentors students and seeks variety of authors

High-quality academic content isn’t the only thing the editors of Penn GSE’s Perspectives on Urban Education are busy preparing this fall. They are also preparing the next generation of scholars to successfully publish research and review that of their peers. For 2015-2016 editors-in-chief Robert LeBlanc and Geeta Aneja, mentoring fellow graduate students is a significant aspect of their work with the student-run digital journal.

The value of caring in the classroom

Three former English teachers sat in the front of the room and talked about the less-heralded metrics educators can use to measure student progress.

Adelante screening part of World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia's schedule of events for the Papal visit and World Meeting of Families will be enriched by a screening of the 2014 documentary Adelante, which was directed by Penn anthropology graduate student Noam Osband. 

Martin Ihrig works with Philadelphia schools and musicians to expand music education opportunities

Philadelphia has always been a city of great musicians. But financial challenges have chipped away at the system that gave many city students a chance to train and play with world-class talents.

A new collaboration between the nonprofit Project 440, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the School District of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania aims to create a new and robust community for the city’s student musicians. 

NYT: Harper report reveals racial disparity in school discipline across the South

In schools across the United States, Black students are punished more severely than their peers. But nowhere are Black students suspended or expelled more than in the South.

A study released today by the Center for Race and Equity in Education — as reported in the New York Times — reveals that 55 percent of the 1.2 million Black students suspended in the U.S. live in just 13 Southern states.

Stanton Wortham appointed Faculty Director of the Penn Online Learning Initiative

Stanton Wortham has been named faculty director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. He is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Alan Ruby honored with Membership of the Order of Australia

Alan Ruby and Kim Beazley spent six years working together to modernize Australia’s education system.

Penn GSE Mid-Career Program hosts EdCamp Leadership

Earlier this month, Penn GSE played host to EdCamp Leadership, an “unconference” bringing together school leaders to think about new approaches to professional development.

EdCamp is a free conference where educators create their own agenda, based on attendees' expertise and needs. 

Penn GSE alumna and former faculty member are rising leaders at IES

Ruth Neild, a former Penn GSE faculty member, was recently appointed Deputy Director of Policy and Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Joy Lesnick, who earned her doctorate in education policy from Penn GSE in 2006, is the new Commissioner at the National Center on Education Evaluation (NCEE), one of four centers at IES. Though they are no longer at Penn, Neild and Lesnick remain rooted and connected in Philadelphia, commuting daily to Washington D.C. from 30th Street Station. 

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