Press Releases

GSE Prof Helps Draft Nat’l Ed Tech Plan

March 15, 2010 - On March 5, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a draft of the National Educational Technology Plan (NETP) at the 2010 Celebration for Teaching & Learning.

To create the plan, a working group was composed from leading K-12 practitioners and education and technology scholars – among them Penn GSE Professor Yasmin Kafai. An expert in technology’s role in education, Kafai has received national recognition for her research into how learning takes place in online games and virtual worlds.

Head Start Webcast To Feature Fantuzzo

March 12, 2010 - On April 1, the Office of Head Start (OHS) will air a Symphony of Literacy webcast featuring Penn GSE Professor John Fantuzzo and one of the Philadelphia Head Start classrooms where the EPIC curriculum is being taught. 

Language and Identity

March 8, 2010 - What a Thai kindergarten tells us about teaching in multilingual settings

In the Pong Noi village school in Northern Thailand, kindergartners are settling down for their morning activities. The students belong to the ethnic minority Muang, and their first language is Kam Muang, not Standard Thai.

Their teacher, Mrs. Aaphorn, is correcting a slip-up — in addressing her, her students failed to use Thai, the official language of instruction.

Recent Titles from GSE Faculty

March 3, 2010 - Shaun Harper’s College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice (co-edited with Frank Harris III) is a comprehensive handbook on college men and analysis of race, class, and gender issues in higher ed. More

Gasman on New York Times education blog

March 3, 2010 - Penn GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman will be the featured "Guidance Office" blogger on The New York Times higher education blog "The Choice: Demystifying College Admissions and Aid."

Gasman will be joined by Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith as The Choice’s guest bloggers. They will be fielding questions every day for a week on the topic of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's).

Gasman To Serve as AERA Division VP

February 26, 2010 - GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman has been elected vice president of AERA's Division F (History and Historiography).

Gasman’s work explores historical aspects of philanthropy and historically Black colleges, Black leadership, and African-American giving. she has authored or co-authored several historical books, including Reading Booker T. Washington (forthcoming), Envisioning Black Colleges (2007), and Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (2003).

Hornberger, Kafai Named AERA Fellows

February 24, 2010 - Penn GSE Professors Nancy Hornberger and Yasmin Kafai have been inducted as 2010 Fellows of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Can Video Games Teach Science?

February 16, 2010 - Penn GSE Professor Yasmin Kafai has organized a discussion panel, “Worlds of Wonder: Can Video Games Teach Science?” at the American Association for Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Diego on Feb. 21.

A researcher in education technology, Kafai argues that the countless hours children spend playing games on sites from Whyville to Second Life can also be used to teach science.

Creating Young Urban Mathematicians

February 12, 2010 - How is math teaching and learning best done in city schools? Is math teaching in urban settings essentially different than in suburban or rural schools?

GSE Professor Receives NASPA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research

January 22, 2010 - The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has named Penn GSE Assistant Professor Shaun Harper recipient of its 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Research Award.

The award is given to scholars who have demonstrated professional commitment to student affairs administration and whose research has proven valuable to student affairs practitioners at the national level.

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