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Penn GSE Faculty L. Michael Golden

Executive Director, Catalyst @ Penn GSE

  • Personalized, blended, problem-based learning
  • Policy and systems change
  • Convergence of education, technology, and business
  • Research to practice implementation
  • Career connected learning
Penn GSE Faculty Sharon M. Ravitch

Professor of Practice

  • Qualitative research
  • Practitioner research
  • Participatory action research
  • Post-colonial development research
  • Institutional ethnography
  • Sustainable leader & organization change
  • Emergent design professional development
  • Case studies as development strategy
Penn GSE Faculty Peter J. Kuriloff


  • Gender, class, race, and sexual dynamics in schools
  • Creating learning communities
  • Team effectiveness
  • Leading change
  • Youth participatory action research
Penn GSE Faculty Priscilla Dawson

Co-Director, School Leadership Program

Penn GSE Faculty Earl Ball

Senior Fellow, Adjunct Associate Professor, Penn GSE

  • Governance issues in schools
  • Teacher professional development
  • Independent schools
  • Leadership identification and development
  • Curriculum innovation and design
Penn GSE Faculty Jonathan Zimmerman

Professor of History of Education

  • History/Politics of education
  • “Culture Wars” in American and global contexts
  • Sex, sexuality, and schools
  • Campus protests
  • College teaching
  • Education and historical memory
Penn GSE Faculty Jenny Zapf

Director, Education Entrepreneurship Program

  • Entrepreneurship in Education
  • Evaluation for Innovation
  • Adaptive Rapid-Cycle Research Design
  • Non-Profit Management
  • University-Community Partnerships