Penn GSE News
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September 22, 2021
Student speaking in class

Commenting on a new 6abc investigation, Penn GSE’s Bob Jarvis offers some suggestions for addressing inequities.

Michael A. Gottfried, Penn GSE
Penn GSE News
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September 15, 2021

In new research published in the Journal of Sleep Research, Penn GSE’s Michael A. Gottfried and Texas Tech University’s J. Jacob Kirksey find that a regular bedtime improves kindergarteners’ attendance and decreases the likelihood they will be chronically absent.

Caroline L. Watts, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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September 15, 2021
Caroline Watts has been awarded a $14,500 grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation built research capacity through partnership with the OSCE.
Michael A. Gottfried, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 13, 2021
, Politico Nightly

Fall Back

Michael Gottfried said COVID-19-related school absences may disrupt all students’ learning. “Part of me is just like let’s just go back to Zoom for everyone,” he said. “I want to be in person more than anyone else. That is, the last thing I want to do is sit on Zoom and teach. So I feel for these kids. But what kind of learning is it going to be without a real fallback plan in place?”

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 11, 2021
, The Denver Post

As 9/11 drifts into history, Colorado has no statewide standards on teaching kids about it September 11, 2021

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher's “Teaching Beyond September 11” curriculum has sparked conversation of the importance of learning about 9/11 in school. Many states, including Colorado, do not have a school curriculum that teaches about the “increasingly distant historic event.” There is hope that students “would understand everything that happened that went into that event taking place and they would work to make sure that event never takes place again.”

A. Brooks Bowden, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 8, 2021
, Forbes

New Data Shows Building Knowledge Can Boost Reading Comprehension

Brooks Bowden cautions that while the effect sizes in the ARC Core research study were large compared to studies of older students, there are few similar studies of kindergarteners to provide a basis for comparison.

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 8, 2021
, The Philadelphia Inquirer

How do you teach 9/11 to students too young to remember? Philly-area educators tell how they make it real

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher spoke about “history from the last 20 years that is completely neglected.” The “Teaching Beyond September 11” curriculum “is really speaking to that gap and helping young people understand just how the world has changed as a consequence of that awful day,” she said.

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 7, 2021
, CNN

Democrats' free tuition plan could save community colleges at a critical time

Laura Perna spoke about efforts to make community college tuition-free. "There's power in the message that tuition is free. Figuring out how much college costs is complicated," she said.

Penn GSE News
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September 6, 2021
Deborah Bial standing in front of two chalkboards.

2013 McGraw Prize winner, Deborah Bial is the President and Founder of the nonprofit, The Posse Foundation which uses its signature Posse model to support young scholars with diverse demographic backgrounds through attending, enrolling and completing college and emerging as strong leaders from diverse backgrounds who are able to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems.

Caroline Brayer Ebby, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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September 1, 2021
Caroline Ebby has been awarded a $199,947 grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation
Caroline L. Watts, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 31, 2021
, Penn Today

Understanding the pandemic classroom

Caroline Watts discusses educators’ experiences during the early days of the pandemic, lessons learned and how the classroom might be different in the coming months.

Amalia Z. Daché, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 27, 2021
, The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘I have faith in what I cannot imagine, because I couldn’t have imagined what happened July 11’: Philadelphia Cubans on the hope, stress of island protests

Amalia Daché criticizes people who have blamed the U.S. embargo and not the Cuban government for the crisis in Cuba. “She was shocked to see how the U.S. media and Twitter were taking Afro-Cubans out of the narrative and blaming the U.S. and the CIA for the demonstrations,” she said.

Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 25, 2021
, MarketPlace

Teachers are leaving the profession due to COVID-19 stresses

Richard Ingersoll comments on teachers leaving the profession if the economy continues to improve and they continue to feel stress. “Typically we find that employees across the economy tend to quit less during economic downtimes,” he said. “There’s a lot of indications that in fact, during the pandemic, teacher turnover and teacher retirements may have even gone down.”

In the Media
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August 24, 2021
, BELatina

New study shows Latinx students attend class more if the teacher is Latinx

In new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Professor Michael Gottfried, along with J. Jacob Kirksey (Texas Tech University) and Tina L. Fletcher (Penn GSE), concluded that Latinx students with Latinx teachers attend school more, a relationship that does not exist for white students.

A. Brooks Bowden, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 14, 2021
, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Thousands of kindergartners didn’t show up for school last year. Here’s what that means for the school year to come.

Brooks Bowden comments on the amount of work that needs to be done before and after school reopen for the fall. “We’ve all got a lot of work to do,” she said. Bowden thinks “educator coaches, tutoring services, and supports for families can go a long way.”

Penn GSE News
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August 10, 2021
Students working independently in class

In new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Michael Gottfried (Penn GSE), J. Jacob Kirksey (Texas Tech) and Tina L. Fletcher (Penn) examine the impact of having a same-race teacher on attendance.

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