GSE-TFA Student Miranda Schaeffer Wins July Photo Contest

July 15, 2013 - We are pleased to announce the July winner of the the inaugural Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest: Miranda N. Schaeffer, a student in the Penn GSE-TFA Urban Teacher Program. Schaeffer is pursuing an alternative route to elementary teacher certification, so she's spending the summer accruing observation and teaching hours by volunteering in a pre-k classroom at a school in Southwest Philadelphia. 

"A daily activity in the pre-k classroom was dancing contests on the carpet," says Schaeffer. "This photo was taken before nap time, with students doing free style dancing." Schaeffer also pointed out that the school "incorporated both English and Spanish into the the classroom through subtle ways. The carpet has colors and numbers in both Spanish and English for an enriching educational experience."

As the July winner, Schaeffer will receive a Penn GSE t-shirt and a framed print of her photo. Schaeffer's photo will also advance to the final round of the contest, in which each of the three monthly winners will be considered for the top prize: an iPad mini. IEDP student Xinyi Zhou won the June photo contest

Penn GSE students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit photos of their summer activities to the contest. Entries for the month of August are due by midnight on Saturday, August 31. More on submission guidelines and contest rules are below.    

To see all submissions to the Summer Photo Contest, click here

Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest

Penn GSE students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit photos of their summer activities to the Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest. Photos with an educational theme are preferred, but all photos are welcome and will be considered. One winner will be selected each month from June–August, and a grand prize winner will be selected in September. Monthly winners will receive a framed 11x14 print of their photo and a Penn GSE t-shirt, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini! Winning photos will also be displayed at GSE's main building at 3700 Walnut Street.

Guidelines and Rules

Email photos as an attachment to by midnight on the last day of each month (June 30, July 31, or August 31) for consideration. Submissions must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Include the photographer’s name, contact information (email address and phone number), affiliation with GSE, and a 1-2 sentence description of the photo (including location) with each submission. Individuals may submit multiple photos, but each photo may only be submitted once during the contest.

Social Media

The GSE community is also encouraged to share photos of their summer work on social media. Find us on Twitter @PennGSE and on Facebook at

Photo Rights

By submitting a photo to the Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest, the photographer releases all rights to the image, including the right to disseminate, reuse, reproduce, display, alter, and derive works from the image, to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Penn GSE will own any and all rights to photos submitted.

Good luck and happy photographing!  

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