Penn GSE News
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December 22, 2020
A collage of images, including a portrait of Michael Gottfried, a student at a laptop, a vote sign, and Jasmine Blanks Jones sitting with a child.

COVID-19 dominated the year but didn’t define it. Here are some ways members of Penn GSE’s community made a difference in 2020.

Penn GSE News
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December 21, 2020
A screen shot from a language learning game, asking the player to translate "Yo soy un niño" into English.

Setting goals for learning a language can help you determine which tools will be most useful to you, says Dr. Anne Pomerantz, an expert in the teaching and learning of new languages at Penn GSE.

Penn GSE News
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December 18, 2020
Dan Wagner

The award recognizes Wagner’s work to improve educational opportunities around the globe.

Press Releases
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December 17, 2020
“California is not prepared for its future,” said Penn GSE higher education expert Joni Finney.
Sigal Ben-Porath, Penn GSE
In the Media
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December 15, 2020
, Dilema Podcast

The thorny issues of free speech on campus

Sigal Ben-Porath joins host Jay Shapiro to explore what protections universities owe their students. 

Penn GSE News
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December 14, 2020
Empty seats in a stadium.

There is no universal answer. But Penn GSE’s Karen Weaver says the colleges facing the toughest choices might not be the ones you’d think.

Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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December 11, 2020
, CNBC

2020 has shone a light on the importance of good teachers, but many are paid less than a living wage in the U.S.

Richard Ingersoll said cultural misunderstandings about what it takes to be a good teacher have contributed to low wages for educators. “There was this idea that you don’t have to be that smart. It’s not as complex,” he said. “Or as difficult as being an accountant, working with numbers. Or being a dentist, working with teeth.”

Penn GSE News
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December 10, 2020
Half of a bright blue sphere representing Earth is illuminated, and surrounding the sphere are digital icons including a phone symbol, wi-fi symbol, dollar sign, and camera icon.

Amid a global pandemic and perhaps the largest civil rights movement in U.S. history, Penn GSE is embracing the shift to virtual education, providing resources to educators and leaders in the field at large, and addressing issues of race, equity, and access throughout the School’s work.

Penn GSE News
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December 10, 2020
Kandi Wiens teaching a class.

Writing in Harvard Business Review, Kandi Wiens says it’s important to watch out for self-sabotage traps

Michael A. Gottfried, Penn GSE
In the Media
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December 10, 2020
, WHYY (Philadelphia)

Early data shows hopeful signs for pandemic learning in Philly, but huge questions remain

Michael Gottfried said it’s difficult to quantify how school is going for students amid the pandemic. “We’re sort of building the plane as we fly it,” he said. “Everything’s up in the air now. Everything’s been disrupted just from the measurement side.”

Penn GSE News
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December 9, 2020
A student works at a laptop computer.

CodeQuilt Philadelphia, part of CS4Philly Week, gives students a voice in saying who codes and why they do it.

Penn GSE News
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December 4, 2020
Headshot of Laura Overdeck

Penn GSE’s Homecoming @ Home honored five outstanding graduates and featured Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, WG’95, founder and president of Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that works to help kids love math.

Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn GSE
In the Media
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December 3, 2020
, Washington Monthly

The Ph.D. Glut and What to Do About It

Jonathan Zimmerman writes about the declining availability of tenure-track positions and a movement toward preparing doctoral students for jobs outside the academy, but suspects the change will come from outside of the academy, not from within it.

Peter Eckel, Penn GSE
In the Media
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December 2, 2020
, University World News

Research universities must act as engines of optimism

Peter Eckel and Aida Sagintayeva virtually brought together higher ed leaders from across 15 time zones to talk about a way forward.

Sharon M. Ravitch, Penn GSE
Awards & Honors
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December 1, 2020
Ravitch will work with the college on creating the conditions for protective pluralism for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste first-generation female college students.
Penn GSE News
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November 25, 2020
Jonathan Zimmerman, Pam Grossman, Amy Gadsden, and Jacques deLisle

In a virtual forum moderated by Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman, Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn Law Professor Jacques deLisle, and Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at Penn Global Amy Gadsden discussed the challenges of ensuring free speech in digital learning spaces.

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