Penn GSE News
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October 22, 2020
Elementary school students sit at round tables in a classroom. Behind them are colorful decorations, classroom projects, and school supplies. A woman stands at the front of the room and a man sits to the left. A headline on the image reads, “Recasting the Moment.”

A nationally sought expert on racial stress and racial trauma, Penn GSE’s Dr. Howard Stevenson discusses the national landscape and how racial literacy can help create a better future.

Penn GSE News
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October 22, 2020
The headline “Celebrating Virtually” and red and blue pennants appear above screenshots of two event videos. The screenshot on the left says. “Join us for a virtual Alumni Weekend Saturday May 16. 2020.” The screenshot on the right shows Dean Grossman smiling above the words “Dean Pam Grossman of the Graduate School of Education.”

Penn Alumni Weekend and Penn GSE Commencement went virtual for 2020, keeping the University and School communities connected from afar amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sigal Ben-Porath, Penn GSE
In the Media
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October 21, 2020
, UNC Program for Public Discourse

UNC Program for Public Discourse: Free Speech on Campus

Sigal Ben-Porath participated as part of a panel discussion, along with Greg Lukianoff and Dr. Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, about the current state of free expression on college campuses.

Penn GSE News
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October 13, 2020
Penn GSE professor Jonathan Zimmerman teaches a class.

Jonathan Zimmerman recently told the New York Times that the split dates back to education reformers wanting to improve schools, and keep babies safe.

Penn GSE News
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October 7, 2020
The Finalists for the Milken-Penn GSE Business Plan Competition on a virtual chat with Catalyst @ Penn GSE Executive Director Michael Golden.

Fulphil, founded by Penn graduate Tiffany Yau, won the Audience Choice Award.

Nelson Flores, Penn GSE
In the Media
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October 6, 2020
, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A question of identity: Examining use of the term ‘Latinx’

Nelson Flores said shifts in language often start with a small group of marginalized people, rather than with majority rule. “I think the relevant question for me isn’t whether people should be using the term. It’s how people who use the term Latinx are trying to differentiate themselves from people who use the term Hispanic and people who use the term Latino,” he said. “Why do they feel like those terms don’t really reflect the political identities they’re trying to articulate through the term Latinx?” 

Press Releases
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October 6, 2020
In the last decade, the competition has awarded more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.
Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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October 5, 2020
, The New York Times

What it’s like to be a teacher in 2020 America

Richard Ingersoll explained how it was decided that women would teach in public schools 150 years ago. “The argument was, ‘Look, women will learn to be better mothers by practicing on other people’s children,’” he said. “Proponents made the case it was a win-win.” 

Penn GSE News
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October 2, 2020
An image of a pencil laid across an open book.

Rebecca Maynard and Brooks Bowden will lead a $4.6 million training program for doctoral fellows from across the University of Pennsylvania pursuing data-driven education research.

Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 29, 2020
, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Will teacher concerns over COVID cause more of them to flee classroom?

Richard Ingersoll said it’s too early to know if the pandemic will worsen teacher shortages. “Traditionally, employees in general across industries and occupations quit at higher rates in good economic times and at lower rates in bad economic times," he said. "The reason is simple—even if someone dislikes their job, they are loath to quit if there is financial uncertainty, or if there are not other jobs available.” 

Penn GSE News
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September 29, 2020
An image of a newspaper and the PBS NewsHour homepage.

PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz recently joined Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher on The Parent Scoop podcast to talk about introducing kids to the news.

Press Releases
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September 22, 2020
One of the most prestigious prizes in education recognizes outstanding achievement in pre-K-12 education, higher education, and learning science research
Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 14, 2020
, Laredo Morning Times

Despite COVID concerns, economics still driving teacher retirement decisions

“Even if you don’t like your job, if there aren’t other options out there, you’re going to be loath to leave. There aren’t a lot of options out there,” said Richard Ingersoll.

Awards & Honors
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September 12, 2020
The project will learn from the lived experiences of the people in the child welfare system, both those served and those who serve.
Penn GSE News
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September 11, 2020
A white rose is left inside an engraved name at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher and Deepa Iyer argue that 9/11 curricula should include lessons on the Global War on Terror, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism, and community building.

Penn GSE News
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September 10, 2020
A COVID-19 virus.

Yasmin Kafai is piloting a middle school curriculum on epidemics that will debut with a virtual epidemic being launched in the online community Whyville.

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