Penn GSE’s world-class faculty and researchers—the intellectual heart of our School— have a major impact on education research and practice across the globe. This influential faculty answer vital questions and solve pressing problems in local, national, and global education. From literacy to college access to the Common Core, our researchers are leading the conversation about critical issues in education.

Leaders of Leaders

Our Faculty

Our professors possess particular strengths in teaching and learning, the cultural contexts of education, language education, qualitative research methods, and practitioner inquiry. In recent years, these strengths have deepened to include national leadership in policy research, urban education, developmental psychology, and quantitative and multimethod inquiry.

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Philly Impact

Penn GSE in Philadelphia

Penn GSE is deeply committed to the City of Philadelphia through both research and practice. Our students, faculty, and staff are involved in hundreds of initiatives throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area, ranging from high-quality after school programs to research that sparks national conversations to the development of an acclaimed public school partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.


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Global Influence

Penn GSE International

The University of Pennsylvania nurtures global networks and encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary research to better understand and resolve to global issues. As part of this campus-wide initiative, Penn GSE students research, study, teach, and work across the globe, and over 70% of our faculty members are involved in international initiatives. From high-quality international degree programs to a stellar international student body, Penn GSE is committed to global education.

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Bold Ideas

Catalyst @ Penn GSE

Catalyst @ Penn GSE is an endeavor to design innovative practices and to create and scale actionable solutions to advance opportunity for all learners. Building on Penn GSE's history of pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship in education, Catalyst combines ideas from education, technology, and business to address the pressing problems in education and shape the future of education across preK-12, higher education, and executive learning.


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Research with Impact

Research Centers

Penn GSE is home to 11 centers that produce cutting-edge research on global issues in education.


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Improving Practice

Projects & Initiatives

In addition to our research centers and academic programs, Penn GSE is home to a several projects and initiatives that put innovative practices, strategies, and tools directly into the hands of practitioners, both in Philadelphia and across the globe.


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Engaged Scholarship

Academic Journals

Penn GSE's world-class researchers are leading the conversation about critical issues in education.


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A Word to the Wise

Faculty Bookshelf

Check out the latest books published by our award-winning faculty.

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