Penn GSE News
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May 12, 2020
Headshots of faculty members Betty Chandy, Zachary Herrmann, Caroline Watts, and Ryan Baker are separated by colorful rectangles

As the COVID-19 crisis brought dramatic changes to the education landscape this spring, Penn GSE faculty shared their perspectives to help educators and families.

Penn GSE News
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May 11, 2020
Penn GSE director of Career and Professional Development Amy Benedict, left, meets with a student in 2019 to discuss career planning

Penn GSE’s Amy Benedict on the art of virtual networking, lessons learned from the Great Recession, and charting a path to a dream job.

Sharon M. Ravitch, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 11, 2020
, Elevate with Spark! podcast

Living and Teaching in Flux: A Conversation with Sharon Ravitch

Sharon Ravitch joins host Rob van Nood of Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon to discuss the current crisis as an opportunity to rebuild learning experiences based on a world in flux and from ideas and visions that put students at the center. "As educators, we have to find active ways to nourish ourselves, connect with each other, and really think about this moment," said Ravitch.

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 11, 2020
, The Hispanic Outlook

Pell Grants Help Students. But Are They Enough?

Laura Perna and Jeremy Wright-Kim write that while Pell Grants reduce financial pressures, this does not translate into higher graduation rates.

Peter Eckel, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 8, 2020
, Philadelphia Magazine Online

Philly Colleges Planning for In-Person Classes This Fall: What We Know

Peter Eckel said, “Part of the challenge is the complexity of the issues that university boards are facing. There is also a degree of unpredictability regarding short-term challenges, like enrollment and finances, endowments and financial resources, but also safety and security in the future. We don’t know if there’s going to be a new normal, a next normal, or return to normal.”

Robert M. Zemsky, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 8, 2020
, Inside Higher Education

Public and private measures of colleges' financial strength spark more discussion Inside Higher Ed

Robert Zemsky said, in the face of the pandemic, colleges with 1,500 or fewer students are facing the question of how much they can shrink and continue to function.

Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 8, 2020
, The Dallas Morning News

Book banning is a bipartisan game

Jonathan Zimmerman wrote about efforts by those at both ends of the political spectrum to censor certain books in schools. “It’s too easy to mock the conservatives out in Alaska. It’s a lot harder to look in the mirror, and to ask whether we liberals might be imitating them,” he wrote. 

Penn GSE News
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May 7, 2020
Students walk across a college campus in the fall.

Penn AHEAD brought together administrators from across the country to discuss how pandemic has affected their schools, and how they are evaluating their future.

Penn GSE News
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May 4, 2020
From left, CNN’s Erica Hill, Penn GSE graduate Sundai Riggins, and CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, appear on ABCs of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents. (CNN)

Sundai Riggins, a Penn GSE graduate and principal in Washington, DC, appeared on a CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall to talk about how the pandemic is affecting kids and parents.

Ryan S. Baker, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 4, 2020
, Vox

Paranoia about cheating is making online education terrible for everyone

Ryan Baker discussed adaptive learning, which can use algorithms to adapt lessons to individual students, as well as other computer-based learning tools. 

Penn GSE News
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May 1, 2020
A graphic featuring the books on Rabani Garg's list.

Penn GSE doctoral student Rabani Garg has created a list that showcases ‘the diversity of Muslim life across the world’.

Robert M. Zemsky, Penn GSE
In the Media
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May 1, 2020
, The Washington Post Online

College students want answers about fall, but schools may not have them for months

Robert Zemsky said, “It’s revenue pressure, and the sense that ‘if we’re the one that doesn’t open, we lose our share of the market permanently.’”

Penn GSE News
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April 30, 2020
Jasmine Blanks Jones works with a student artist at B4 Youth Theater.

When Ebola hit Liberia, Penn GSE student Jasmine Blanks Jones’ youth theater company took on conspiracy theories and a lack of trust in the government. If that sounds familiar, she has ideas for improving messaging during the pandemic.

Robert M. Zemsky, Penn GSE
In the Media
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April 30, 2020
, The Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus pushes colleges to the breaking point, forcing ‘hard choices’ about education

In his book The College Stress Test, Robert Zemsky predicted that 10% of private, liberal arts colleges in the U.S. were likely to close within the next five years. Now, with the pandemic’s damaging effects on school finances, his prediction has changed to 200 schools in the next year alone. 

Karen Weaver, Penn GSE
In the Media
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April 30, 2020
, The Athletic

With football in flux, how Michigan could weather a financial downturn

Karen Weaver discussed some issues that colleges athletics programs are facing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Robert M. Zemsky, Penn GSE
In the Media
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April 28, 2020
, ABC News Online

Coronavirus pandemic brings staggering losses to colleges and universities

Robert Zemsky, in his new book, The College Stress Test, estimates that 10 percent of the nation’s colleges – smaller schools with poor retention rates – were already at risk of closing. Now, he said, “we think another 10 percent is at risk because of the virus.”

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