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Shaun Harper leading new national initiative to help boys and men of color succeed

Shaun Harper teaching

Shaun Harper has been chosen to co-direct a new national initiative to help boys and men of color thrive at every stage of life, backed by donors including The Atlantic Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman receives Edward C. Pomeroy Award from AACTE

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability has selected Pam Grossman, Dean of Penn GSE, as the 2015 recipient of the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. 

Matthew Steinberg named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and American Enterprise Institute

Matthew Steinberg, Penn GSE Assistant Professor of Education Policy, was recently selected to join the 2015 cohort of the Emerging Education Policy Scholars program.

 The goal of the program — backed by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute — is to connect early career scholars with policymakers. Twice a year, these scholars gather in Washington D.C. to offer research that can lead to better real world outcomes.

EDSi Startups Make Their Pitch at Demo Day

The pressure was on.

The entrepreneurs arrived at the Education Design Studio January 30 knowing a 20-minute presentation could change the trajectory of their fledgling companies.

It was Demo Day, the culmination of six-months of intensive work in this unique incubator for education startups. When they began the program, none of the entrepreneurs had formal business training. Working with their advisors and each other, the people behind these eight companies were able to transform their ideas into robust business models.

PennAHEAD report finds gap in degree attainment between rich and poor families rising

Students from the wealthiest families in the United States are eight times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than their counterparts from the lowest earning families.

That reality — detailed in a new report released Tuesday by the Pell Institute and Penn GSE’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (PennAHEAD) — is one factor driving growing economic inequality, according to PennAHEAD director Laura Perna

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas uses LA Times reviews to highlight multicultural children’s literature

Children’s and adolescent texts are a major focal point of Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s research at Penn GSE. She focuses on the absence and failed representation of multicultural characters in these stories. This shortage of children’s and young adult books which present diverse characters positively, Thomas argues, has decreased the desire of marginalized and minority youth to pick up a book and read.

Q & A with Pedro Rivera, Acting Pa. Secretary of Education and student in Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Pennsylvania’s new governor Tom Wolf was elected after making education the centerpiece of his campaign.

He chose Pedro Rivera, a student in Penn GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and, until last week, Superintendent of the Lancaster School District, to carry out his vision as Acting Secretary of Education. Rivera co-chaired the education committee for Wolf’s transition team.

Sharon Ravitch discusses international development at Africa-America Institute symposium

There’s a real danger when doing international development work of well-meaning organizations reinforcing a harmful deficit narrative.

That was a key message Penn GSE Senior Lecturer Sharon Ravitch delivered in her presentation to the Africa-America Institute’s symposium “The Future of African Leadership — Assembling Leadership Development on the Continent.” The event was held at Penn GSE in December.

Kickstarter campaign aims to develop educational toys from Yasmin Kafai’s research

In the last five years, Yasmin Kafai has found ways to bridge a traditional craft, sewing, with technology to provide new ways for children to learn creatively about electronics. That has included partnerships with Penn’s School of Design and the Franklin Institute, an annual festival, and, a website and project backed by the National Science Foundation.

Now Kafai and her partners have extended the research project by creating Cirkits, a circus-themed sewable electronics kit for children ages 6 to 10.

Penn GSE's first MOOC tells the history of education reform

The calls for education reform in the United States began soon after the first schoolhouses opened.

 The story of how the American public school system was built — as well as successful and failed efforts to change it — offers important lessons for anyone interested in improving education today.

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