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New year begins with a new Dean at Penn GSE

January 5, 2015 — With a focus on continuing her career-long commitment to teacher education, Pam Grossman has joined the faculty of Penn GSE as its 11th dean. Grossman, an internationally renowned scholar, arrived at Penn on January 1 from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where she helped found the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. 

Shaun Harper's students are solving real problems for campus leaders

A team from Shaun Harper’s Higher Education Case Studies class is filmed during a leaderless group discussion, one of the innovative aspects of the course.

December 16, 2014 — Kelly Wilcox came to Penn GSE after a year working in Cornell’s student affairs office with a plan.

Yasmin Kafai helps Penn Alexander students learn basic computer coding

December 15, 2014 — A group of students at the Penn Alexander School are getting a new look at computer games. It isn't by playing them, though — it's by building them. 

An elective course, designed by Penn GSE professor Yasmin Kafai and overseen by doctoral student Veena Vasudevan, teaches students the basics of computer coding, as WHYY recently reported.

Coding should be considered part of "basic literacy" for today's children, Kafai told WHYY. 

Penn GSE alum Larissa Pahomov pens book on innovative teaching methods

December 12, 2014 — Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is well known for its one-to-one initiative—providing each student a laptop—but computers alone aren’t the reason why students at this high school succeed.

Penn GSE's website wins Davey Award for design and functionality

Penn GSE’s website has been recognized as one of the best designed and most usable in the world of education.

The school won a Silver Davey Award in the “Schools and Universities” category for its website’s design and functionality. The award comes after GSE unveiled a new website last year that was designed to be more attractive, easier to navigate, and functional on all categories of devices.

Harris Sokoloff will lead civic engagement for a Penn program assisting energy regulators in Canada

November 21, 2014 — Harris Sokoloff will be part of a team from Penn helping craft models of performance for the regulators overseeing energy development in the Province of Alberta, Canada.

John Fantuzzo's data system provides model for cities studying students

November 18, 2014 — Dr. John Fantuzzo pioneered using Big Data to identify situations that put children at risk, followed by leveraging that data to search for solutions.

With research partner Dennis P. Culhane, Fantuzzo, Director of Penn GSE’s Child Research Center, developed the Kids Integrated Data System, which mines government databases for clues to help build resiliency in at-risk students.

Howard Stevenson's new book merges powerful storytelling, empirical data

A review in Teachers College Record found the new book by Howard Stevenson to be "highly accessible, yet intensely thought provoking." 

Young Black students’ voices heard at White House summit co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

October 23, 2014 — Nearly 400 people gathered for a White House-sponsored summit at Penn to hear young people talk about the realities of growing up Black in Philadelphia.

The crowd of educators and public officials was impressed, and inspired. 

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