• Global Impact
September 19, 2016

Wolf’s research is helping education leaders in Ghana reimagine the school experience.


  • Teaching & Leadership
October 12, 2016

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Harper wrote that men must challenge other men when they hear sexist or misogynistic talk. 

  • Teaching & Leadership
  • Innovation
October 5, 2016

Cristina Alvarez is co-founder and CEO of Design Lab High, which was recently named one of 10 XQ Super Schools in the country. 

  • News from Penn GSE
September 30, 2016

From prestigious awards to new grants to staying on top of the national conversation, our inbox at Penn GSE News has been brimming with accolades. 

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Sigal Ben-Porath and Rand Quinn offer practical ideas for teachers of any subject who are hoping to introduce their students to civic engagement in the classroom.

Awards & Honors

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.  

Efficacy Evaluation of Zoology One

IES has awarded a Goal 3 Efficacy grant of nearly $3.3 million to Consortium for Policy Researcher in Education (CPRE) Senior Researchers Abigail Gray and Philip Sirinides, partnering with The School District of Philadelphia. The mixed-methods study examines the impacts and implementation of Zoology One, an integrated literacy and science curriculum for improving the reading, writing, and science achievement of kindergarten students. For more information on this study, click here