Press Releases

GSE Student Named to TIME’s 100 List

May 5, 2010 - TIME magazine named Deborah Gist, to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the May 10 issue of TIME, available at

A student in Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Gist was named Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in July 2009.

Don Kettl To Speak on Leadership

May 4, 2010 - On Monday, June 14, Penn GSE will host “New Leaders for New Puzzles,” a lecture by Donald F. Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Dr. John Fantuzzo, the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at Penn GSE, will convene the event.

Mission Matters

April 21, 2010 - What one university president learned at GSE help her lead mission-centered administrative change at her institution

"When I started the Exec Doc program, I was already a university president, starting in on my second year," says JoAnn Rooney.

Her first year — at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky — had been challenging.

Head Start Leader Calls EPIC "State of the Art"

April 13, 2010 - Amanda Bryans, director of Educational Development and Partnerships at the Office of Head Start (OHS), recently named a new Head Start curriculum developed by professors at Penn GSE as “state-of-the-art practice in early literacy."

Gasman Reports on African American Family Foundations

April 12, 2010 - The Aspen Institute recently released A Growing Tradition?: Examining African American Family Foundations, a report by Penn GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman.

Published by the Institute’s Philanthropy and Social Innovation program, the executive summary presents analysis of Gasman's research on African American family foundations in the U.S. and their growth in recent decades.

Lindback Award Goes to GSE's Laura Perna

April 5, 2010 - Penn GSE Professor Laura Perna has been named a recipient of Penn’s 2009-10 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Penn GSE at AERA Annual Meeting

April 2, 2010 - About 90 Penn GSE faculty and students are making presentations or otherwise participating in sessions at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). For a schedule of their presentations is available here.

NSF Grant to Spur Interest in Computer Science for Students of All Ages

March 30, 2010 - Professors in Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Penn GSE have received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to spur interest in computer science with a first-of-its-kind, “cascading” mentoring program.

The program, co-developed by SEAS Professor Susan Davidson and Penn GSE Professor Yasmin Kafai is designed to enable college, high school, and middle school students to learn with and from each other.

New Philadelphia Policy and Analysis Center Launched

March 23, 2010 - The Policy and Analysis Center (PAC), launched recently by Philadelphia’s municipal government and its school district, is drawing on the Kids Integrated Data System (KIDS) model in a ground-breaking initiative designed to improve health, education, and social services for the city’s residents. The PAC will operate under Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity, in close collaboration with the School District..

Penn GSE -- Now on Facebook and Twitter

March 19, 2010 - Penn GSE is now on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To become a Facebook fan and can get updates about what’s happening at Penn GSE – and in the world of education – join us on the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Fan Page.

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