Penn GSE News
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January 27, 2022
A professor wearing a white shirt and striped tie addresses a classroom of students who are listening and taking notes. The screen in the background has a large pi symbol] [Photo caption] Dr. Zachary Hermann is executive director of Penn GSE’s Center for Professional Learning, which offers virtual programs to support educators at various levels in the face of changing educational environments.

One of many virtual offerings of Penn GSE’s Center for Professional Learning, the Strategic Leadership Certificate program is helping educators strengthen their effectiveness and deepen their impact.

Penn GSE News
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January 27, 2022
Best Books for Young Readers title card

Now more than ever, it is imperative that the stories we tell, read, and write are reflective of the histories and experiences of the many different communities that make up our world — communities which are often missing from bookshelves in schools and libraries.

Rabani and Sibylla's headshots
Penn GSE News
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January 27, 2022

Rabani Garg and Sibylla Shekerdjiska-Benatova discuss what goes into the creation of the Best Books for Young Readers list — and what it means to them.

Penn GSE News
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January 25, 2022
Rachel Baker smiling in front of a window

Penn GSE’s newest associate professor on “curricular complexity,” how too many choices can overwhelm students, and the human stories behind big data.

Penn GSE News
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January 24, 2022
Best of 2021 collage

As 2022 gets rolling, let's take one last look back at our top stories of 2021.

Robert M. Zemsky, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 20, 2022
, Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher ed’s evolutionary — not revolutionary — pandemic response

Drawing on pre-pandemic data, Robert Zemsky predicted that 20% of higher education institutions were in danger of shuttering.

Charlotte E. Jacobs , Penn GSE
Penn GSE News
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January 18, 2022

St. Mark’s School, Kent School, John Burroughs School, and Marin Academy will join 17 host partner schools working directly with Penn GSE to provide intensive teaching fellowships to aspiring early career teachers.

Penn GSE News
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January 18, 2022
A Penn football player running with a football.

The NCAA is hosting a Constitutional Convention to consider “sweeping” changes to how it governs college athletics. What's at stake? What does it mean for the future of college athletics?

Amalia Z. Daché, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 18, 2022
, MSNBC

Detained protestors in Cuba detail torture amid trials

Amalia Daché spoke about the mistreatment of protesters in Cuba. “Cuba is a political apartheid. There is definitely racial discrimination happening in Cuba,” she said. “When Cuba gets a cold, Afro-Cubans get the flu, and they die.”

Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 18, 2022
, The Hill, Opinion

You can't teach what you don't know

Jonathan Zimmerman posed tough questions about who will instruct students about the January 6, 2021, insurrection. Most of our history teachers, he says, are not adequately educated for that task.

Tina L. Fletcher, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 16, 2022
, U.S. News and World Report

Groups seek to boost the number of Black men teaching

Tina Fletcher figured out her life’s purpose when she met her ninth-grade civics teacher. Mrs. Payne was Black, like Fletcher, and was one of the first teachers of color Fletcher had in her rural Arkansas town. “I knew from that point forward I had to be a social studies teacher,” Fletcher said. “I could see myself.”

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 14, 2022
, The Washington Post

Texas community college group aims to help students beyond the classroom

Laura Perna said that applying for financial aid can be complicated for students. However, the Alamo Promise program, which provides students in Texas with free tuition and additional services, sends “a clear message with no fine print,” she said.

Joni Finney, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 12, 2022
, Inside Higher Ed

Perceptions of affordability

Joni Finney spoke about the impact of rising college costs on low-income families, saying, “For these families the high cost of college is not a perception but a reality that they must deal with.”

Penn GSE News
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January 11, 2022
A logo made of dark blue, light blue, and bright red blocks appears against a dark blue background. The logo reads, “Extraordinary Impact: The Campaign for Penn GSE.”

Penn GSE exceeded the largest fundraising goal in its history, dramatically increasing support for priorities across the School.

Penn GSE News
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January 11, 2022
Caroline Watts speaks at a panel event about mental health in student populations.

Speaking to an audience of Penn GSE alumni and friends, three mental health professionals shared ways in which they’re responding to students’ mental health during transitional times.

Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn GSE
In the Media
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January 9, 2022
, Dallas Morning News

How about a domestic sister cities program, so that Americans can get to know one another

Jonathan Zimmerman proposed a domestic sister city program to alleviate partisan divisions and remind Americans of their commonalities.

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