By drawing on the leadership capabilities of professionals across the school, the institution maximizes its resources and puts its future into the hands of its entire staff, not just one leader whose departure could spell the end of key initiatives.
Penn GSE’s Vocational Academic Social Transition Life Skill Independent Functional Experiences program pairs high school students, who are aged 14-19 and have significant developmental and intellectual disabilities, with Penn graduate students who are working towards master’s of education degrees and special education certification.
When Andrew Biros, C’10, GED’12, undertook his student-teaching assignment in Penn GSE’s Teacher Education Program, he found that too many of his pupils at University City High School in Philadelphia did not expect to be active participants in the classroom.
Three students from Penn GSE’s Applied Psychology and Human Development program received a highly competitive scholarship that covers unmet financial need for students to attend college and graduate school.
Stacy R. Gill-Phillips one of ten primary and secondary school administrators across the country named as finalists for the 2015 the Escalante-Gradillas Best in Education Prize from TheBestSchools.org.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”