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January 21, 2010 - On February 26 to 27, 2010, Penn GSE will host the 31st Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, the largest such meeting of qualitative researchers in education in the world.
Designed as a generative collaboration among key stakeholders, this working session will focus on shaping an organization that will draw on local knowledge to develop practical leadership support across the region.
December 16, 2009 - With nearly two out of every three children living at or below the poverty level, Philadelphia public schools have one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. The city's children face significantly higher rates of maltreatment, homelessness, and biological birth risks, and have mothers with comparatively low levels of education.
Is it any wonder these kids often struggle in school?
December 3, 2009 - Amy Sichel, a Penn GSE alumna and Adjunct Associate Professor who leads the Abington School District in suburban Philadelphia, was named Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Commonwealth’s association of school administrators recently.
At the official presentation of the award on December 1, James Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, called the award “the most prestigious honor a school systems leader can achieve.”
December 3, 2009 - An innovative collaboration between GSE and Wharton reaches halfway around the globe.
"Reducing poverty makes good business sense," says Amadou Diop.
"As an African who has been blessed to live abroad, learn, and acquire so much knowledge and experience," he continues, "it is a moral imperative to go back and share it with the rest of our people."
December 3, 2009 - Freedom School, a 26-minute documentary video program that profiles the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School, will air on WHYY in February.
The film follows a dedicated team of educators and college students working at the Freedom School, a summer reading and writing program for children in West Philadelphia. The School aims to instill a love of learning and self-esteem in kids growing up in a neighborhood with one of the highest murder rates in the country.
November 30, 2009 - A brilliant anthropologist, linguist, and folklorist, Dell Hathaway Hymes joined Penn as a professor of anthropology in 1965 and served as dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1975-1987. After his tenure at GSE, Dr. Hymes moved to Virginia and took up a joint appointment of anthropology and English at the University of Virginia, where he remained until his retirement in 1998.
November 19, 2009 - Preparing teachers to work in urban public schools — and to remain there — is a daunting challenge. Urban schools are some of the most challenged, under-resourced schools in the nation. Preparing new teachers for these schools is one of the most important tasks we take on as a faculty at Penn GSE.
Nearly ten years ago, GSE's faculty in teacher education took a long hard look at the program and decided that it needed to be focused more directly on urban teacher preparation.
November 3, 2009 - The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) has been named one of the first recipients of a newly established national grant program. The award will go toward funding a PFT collaboration with Penn GSE and the University's Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
The AFT Innovative Fund Grants are awarded by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for education initiatives by teacher unions and their partners to improve schools, teaching, and learning.
October 9, 2009 - Thirty years ago, a GSE student held a single weekend workshop for local TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers.
That was then. Now, the TESOL workshops are widely known and well-regarded, training and certifying TESOL professionals both in the States and overseas. The graduate student, Tere Pica, is a tenured professor in the Language and Literacy in Education division of GSE. And the need for TESOL classes keeps growing.