• Higher Education
January 12, 2017

Ted Mitchell answered questions from students in Penn GSE’s Higher Education Division in lunch and learn. 


  • News from Penn GSE
January 11, 2017

Education Week names nearly a quarter of Penn GSE's standing faculty to list of most influential scholars. 

  • Teaching & Leadership
  • Philly Impact
January 4, 2017

Nelson Flores explains to The Notebook how federal policies challenged the city’s robust bilingual programs.

  • Higher Education
December 9, 2016

Senior Fellow Peter Eckel, a member of the Higher Education division at Penn GSE, was a recent guest on Wharton’s Sirius radio station to discussing the role boards of trustees can play in universities. 

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas names the best books for young readers of 2016..

Awards & Honors

Designing the Impact Studio is a half a million-dollar grant funded by the National Science Foundation that will investigate how adolescents develop data literacy. Researchers will create a suite of visualization tools, called Impact Studio, and test it with participants in Write4Change, a virtual global community of students and educators. The tools will allow students to use data visualizations to test, revise, and more clearly express STEM-related concepts and ideas.

The Systemic Formative Assessment to Promote Mathematics Learning in Urban Elementary Schools is a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to focus on developing, implementing, refining, and testing a systemic support model to strengthen implementation of the Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) mathematics intervention in elementary schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). It seeks to deepen implementation through the introduction of supports, tools, and resources for school leaders that will be co-developed in a research practice partnership with the SDP and the Philadelphia Educational Research Consortium. 

The bioMAKERlab, an innovative wetlab starter kit and activities funded by the National Science Foundation, will enable high school students and teachers to engage in synthetic biology by building genetic circuits that let microorganisms change color, smell, and shape. In synthetic biology, participants make their own DNA—gene by gene—and then grow their designs into real applications by inserting them into microorganisms to develop different traits and characteristics provided by the genes. The project will involve students from a Philadelphia public high school and young people participating in weekend workshops at The Franklin Institute, a Philadelphia-based science museum.