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.

Tina L. Fletcher, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 9, 2021
, Forbes

Hand in hand: Black women in pursuit of the Ph.D.

Trina and Tina Fletcher are 35 year old twins, originally from a rural town in Arkansas with just 850 people. They are also highly successful African American women who, from an early age, had their eyes set on earning a Ph.D. and changing the world around them. Trina is currently an assistant professor of Engineering and Computing Education at Florida International University, and Tina is a Ph.D. candidate in educational policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 5, 2021
, The Hechinger Report

For adults returning to college, ‘free’ tuition isn’t enough

Laura Perna spoke about accommodating the needs of adult students. “There is a complexity to adult learners,” she said. “It is really recognizing, ‘What are the circumstances of individual people’s lives?’ If someone is to enroll in college, how do you make it possible for them to attend?”

Michael A. Gottfried, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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August 1, 2021
Michael Gottfried has been awarded $449,669 by the National Science Foundation.
Amalia Z. Daché, Penn GSE
In the Media
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July 30, 2021
, Politico

Afro-Cubans on the brink

Amalia Daché spoke with Politico about the uprisings in Cuba with respect to Afro-Cubans who are disproportionately affected by the hardships in Cuba and are taking the lead in the protests. “This is one of the reasons I’ve been so active, related to my research and my own identity as an Afro-Cuban, is that Afro-Cubans have been leading this from the beginning.”

Amalia Z. Daché, Penn GSE
In the Media
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July 30, 2021
, Foreign Policy

Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate

Amalia Daché writes, “The first thing the United States needs to do in crafting policy solutions is listen to the brave people risking their lives and freedom to lead these protests, especially Afro-Cubans who have lived at the bottom of the regime’s racist and classist system.”

Penn GSE News
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July 29, 2021
A group of educators attempts to stack cups on a table during a project-based learning professional development workshop.

Project-based learning could change the game for students this fall. Sarah Schneider Kavanagh and Zachary Herrmann have some thoughts on what school leaders need to do to support it.

Roberto G. Gonzales, Penn GSE
In the Media
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July 29, 2021
, CBS News

Court order dashes hopes of teenage immigrant DACA applicants

The decison 'curves, if not cuts off, possibilities' for affected teenagers, Roberto Gonzales said.

Amalia Z. Daché, Penn GSE
In the Media
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July 25, 2021
, “Weekend Edition,” NPR

Afro-Cubans come out in droves to protest government

Amalia Daché spoke about the history of racial disparities and injustices in Cuba. “When we're thinking about global solidarity with Black people, especially right now, we need all hands on deck,” she said.

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