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

Vivian Gadsden, Carter Professor of Child Development and Education and Co-Faculty Director of the Penn Futures Project, and Katherine Barghaus, Executive Director of the Penn Child Research Center and of the Penn Futures Project, have been awarded $79,471 from Casey Family Programs to help support a multiphase partnership initiative between Penn Child and Penn Futures and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and Office of Children and Families. This initiative aims to better understand the child welfare system and the outcomes it produces. The contract will help support the phase of the initiative aimed at learning 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.

Ryan S. Baker, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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September 5, 2020

Ryan Baker, Jaclyn Ocumpaugh, and Nigel Bosch have been awarded $330,580 from the National Science Foundation to investigate algorithmic bias in adaptive learning platforms designed for 6th-12th grade math, using a variety of techniques to explore how students construct their own identities. Steve Ritter (CMU, co-PI) and Stafford Hood (UIUC) are also collaborators on this grant. The team will examine how bias may impact machine learned predictions of a wide range of constructs related to learning, and will use this information to conduct a large-scale experimental study about the students’ self-conceptions of identities to determine whether a variety of demographic factors is susceptible to algorithmic biases. They will then work to adapt these learning systems to ensure equitable opportunities for all learners.

Howard C. Stevenson, Penn GSE
In the Media
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September 4, 2020
, “Radio Times” WHYY

How are teens and young adults coping?

Howard Stevenson and Frances Jensen spoke about how young people view the threat of COVID-19 and the effects of police violence on their mental health.  

Press Releases
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September 1, 2020
This year’s finalists will present their ideas on October 6 in a virtual pitch competition open to the public.
Susan A. Yoon, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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September 1, 2020
Dr. Susan Yoon, with co-investigator Clark Chinn (Rutgers GSE) has been awarded $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate needs and challenges in developing an informed public able to evaluate empirical evidence generated from scientific activities. The project will work with high school biology teachers to investigate their own understanding of scientific thinking, how it can be improved through professional development, and how this improvement can translate into practice to support student learning.
Steve Piltch, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 16, 2020
, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Many private schools are planning to open in person as public schools are stuck online

Steve Piltch said private school enrollment has declined during the last decade. “Whatever the classes were there to begin with, they were smaller than most of the public schools are,” he said. 

Sharon M. Ravitch, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 12, 2020
, Harvard Business Review Online

Why Teaching Through Crisis Requires a Radical New Mindset

“The more we consider this new reality and the new rules it brings into our curriculum and pedagogy, the more grounded, humanizing, and transformational our teaching and courses will become,” Ravitch said.

Penn GSE News
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August 11, 2020
Katie Barghaus speaks at Conquering Kindergarten launch

As podcasts increasingly address current events from racial justice to the pandemic’s effect on education, Penn GSE faculty, students, and alumni are weighing in.

Penn GSE News
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August 4, 2020
Charlotte Jacobs

Penn GSE’s Charlotte Jacobs and Ramona Weber describe what they have learned researching the experience of Black girls in independent schools. 

Alan R. Ruby, Penn GSE
In the Media
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August 4, 2020
, Times Higher Education (U.K.)

Questions over implementation as India approves system overhaul

Alan Ruby commented on India’s plans to overhaul its higher education system. “The big story is the commitment to growing the total size of the sector by adding 35 million places, effectively doubling the current infrastructure,” he said.  

Penn GSE News
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July 30, 2020
Jonathan Zimmerman teaching a class.

Considered one of the foremost education historians today, Zimmerman has been listed among Education Week’s annual Top 100 "Edu-Scholars" who influence public discussion in the USA for the past decade.

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