Press Releases

GSE Announces "Education Stimulus Package" for Master's Students

March 12, 2009 - In response to the current economic downturn, the Penn Graduate School of Education is increasing the financial aid offered to outstanding candidates.

According to Penn GSE Dean Andy Porter, "With turmoil in the economy and an unstable job market, some potential applicants are more interested in graduate study, but they're also worried about whether or not they can afford it. So we launched our own ‘stimulus package' to help - which nearly triples the amount of financial aid for master's students."

AERA Gives Nod to GSE Faculty, Students

March 10, 2009 - As faculty, students and policy makers from around the world gear up for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Diego, Penn GSE faculty and students have received a number of accolades from the organization, which is the most prominent in educational research.

Penn Hosts Conference on Virtual Worlds for Education

March 9, 2009 - Penn GSE is hosting a March 12-13 workshop, "Taxonomy of Virtual Worlds for Education," designed to bring together teachers, students, researchers and technology providers to brainstorm the ideal virtual world software system for science, technology, engineering and math learning.

The conference goal is to ensure that this ever-changing medium is informed by educators, who have found that each virtual-world system has its own pros and cons, especially when it's considered for use in K-12 educational settings.

Penn GSE Faculty Member Named 2009 Penn Fellow

March 4, 2009 - Penn GSE Associate Professor Marybeth Gasman has been named one of the eight faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania to the inaugural class of Penn Fellows, a leadership-development program that recognizes faculty in mid-career. 

Penn Fellows have the opportunity to build networks across the University, meet with distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about university governance and participate in monthly dinners with prominent speakers from within Penn and beyond.

English in the Global Classroom

February 24, 2009 - In a Delhi classroom, the teacher corrects a student's arithmetic error: "Jitne ki table hai utne ko hi aage plus karma hai," she begins.

English is the language of instruction in this Indian classroom, but Amarjeet, the teacher, draws simultaneously on Hindi and English to explain the intricacies of multiplication.

Is There an NCLB Curriculum?

February 4, 2009 - After six years of operation, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is up for congressional re-authorization. NCLB requires states to have content standards — statements of what kids should know in math, language arts, English and science at various grade levels — and to regularly assess kids' achievement against those standards.

Mastering the Craft of Research

January 22, 2009 - "It was the first place I presented academic research, and an amazing venue for becoming professionalized into the research world."

Lessons from a Unique Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership

December 18, 2008 - Delvin M. Dinkins listened closely — to students, to parents, and to colleagues. As a public school principal, he kept hearing calls for change, and he stepped up to the plate.

Partnerships for Improving Education

December 10, 2008 - Imagine walking into a Philadelphia public school and being greeted by the strains of Vivaldi. Follow the music and you can observe a group of aspiring musicians practicing the violin.

Just down the corridor, you come upon a group of teachers engaged in an impromptu collegial conversation. Peek into a kindergarten classroom to find an eighth grader helping one of the little ones with her reading.

Can Higher Education in China Keep Up?

December 4, 2008 - The last decade has seen China emerge as a major player on the international stage and in the global economy. On the educational front, too, the country is experiencing unprecedented growth.

Since 1999, the number of university students, both undergraduate and graduate, has increased by about 30 percent every year. Between 2002 and today, the number of graduates at all levels of higher education has risen fourfold.

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