• Teaching & Leadership
  • Innovation
October 12, 2017

Yasmin Kafai, the chair of Penn GSE’s Teaching, Learning and Leadership division, has been named the inaugural Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor in Education. 


  • Education Policy
  • Race & Equity
October 2, 2017

Cornell Brooks, who led the NAACP, gave the inaugural Steven S. Goldberg and Jolley Bruce Christman Lecture in Education Law.

  • Teaching & Leadership
September 27, 2017

Penn GSE doctoral student Rebecca Nyquist Baelen helped create a five-minute mindful breathing sequence for Baltimore teachers.

  • Higher Education
  • Education Policy
September 15, 2017

Ben-Porath offers a useful framework for thinking about free speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom, shifting the focus away from disputes about legality and harm and toward democracy and inclusion.

The Educator's Playbook

Penn GSE faculty distill their research in this useful newsletter for K-12 educators. In the latest issue, Annie McKee offers advice for teachers on how to be happy in their work.

Awards & Honors

Sharon Wolf was awarded approximately $420,000 by the British Academy for a longitudinal follow-up of children from project “Assessing Sustained Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Teacher Training Intervention on Children’s Early Primary Grade Outcomes.” This project will follow the children from the original study for an additional year as they transition into primary school to assess sustained impacts of the intervention.

(Posted 9/19/2017)

Yasmin Kafai and her project partner Michael Eisenberg from University of Colorado-Boulder received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Debugging by Design: Developing a Tool Set for Debugging with Electronic Textiles to Promote Computational and Engineering Thinking in High School.” The goal is to strengthen teachers’ and students’ computational and engineering thinking by helping them to become better at locating and fixing problems in their software and circuit designs. The project will investigate a new instructional approach in which students and teachers themselves (rather than the researchers) will design their own debugging activities and materials with electronic textiles.

(Posted 9/19/2017)