Press Releases

Penn GSE Creates Peacemakers: Conflict Management for Youth Through Basketball

September 24, 2009 - Two Penn GSE professors are teaming up with the Marion Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia to help adolescents manage personal conflicts through interactive basketball games, starting in October.

Howard Stevenson and Duane Thomas are leading Peacemakers, a two-year parent-development component of the Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth project, or PLAAY, and teaching 150 parents to become supportive life coaches for 150 children in seventh and eighth grades before, during and after peer conflicts.

Penn Receives $1.4 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation to Promote Public Systems Reform

August 28, 2009 - Two University of Pennsylvania professors received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to advance integrated data systems-based policy analysis and research as a field of professional practice.

Building the Multi-Versity

August 18, 2009 - Back when he was a student in Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education Management, Tim Fournier GrEd'06 and his classmates used to joke that the program was designed to provide "a blueprint for starting a new college campus."

At the time, that kind of start-up opportunity seemed like a pipe dream. But, just a few months after Fournier had completed his doctorate, he was given just that chance when Northwestern University asked him to help launch a brand new branch campus.

Working for Peace in Iraq

July 21, 2009 - This spring, Thomas Hill found himself in Iraq, teaching a course in conflict management in a brand-new master's program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Dohuk.

Says Hill, "Dohuk University is now the only university in Iraq with such a program, and the four current students will become the first Iraqis to earn degrees in this subject in their home country."

Digital Effects

July 8, 2009 - Think of a video game. Now think of a video game designed to appeal to male players. For most people, there would be little difference between the two.

Penn Brings Technology-Based Learning to Nicaragua

June 25, 2009 - Beginning in early July, researchers from Penn GSE are partnering with a family of multi-generational Penn alumni to introduce laptop computers and a technology-based curriculum to students and teachers in a rural community school for the children of coffee-farm workers in Nicaragua.

Comercial Internacional Exportada S.A., or CISA, a green coffee exporter in Nicaragua, will provide a grant to fund a three-year research initiative at the Buenos Aires School to examine issues surrounding bridging the digital divide.

Youth, Race, and Anger

June 24, 2009 - Understanding how the three mix can lead to better coping strategies

Professor Howard Stevenson is studying a videotape of a high school basketball game. Somewhere in the whirl of play is what educators call a "teachable moment." Blink and you'll miss it. There, on the edge of the screen, the point guard dribbles, pauses — and fires the ball straight at the back of one of his teammates.

Our Man in Washington

June 8, 2009 -  "Half of the students who begin college never finish," said President Obama in his address to Congress in February. "This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow."

Obama went on to announce an ambitious goal for the country: to once again lead the world in our proportion of college graduates.

Penn students and local high schoolers study together to improve a neighborhood

May 22, 2009 - "Working at West Philly High puts a human face on the theories we study in class," says John Puckett.

A professor at Penn GSE, Puckett is describing what students take away from his Research as Public Work seminar. Co-taught with Elaine Simon, director of Penn's Urban Studies program, the class brings together Penn undergraduates and students from West Philadelphia High School (WPHS).

Education in Wartime

May 6, 2009 - During World War II, schoolchildren planted Victory Gardens and collected old tires and cans to support the war effort. Baby boomers ducked under their school desks as sirens blared, a Cold War drill to prepare them for future nuclear attack.

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