A View From Campus

December 16, 2022
Dean Pam Grossman and President Liz Magill stand outside the Penn GSE building expansion project on a tour as the dean gestures at the construction.

Photo by Penn GSE Communications

Meeting the President

Penn GSE was the first stop on President Liz Magill’s tour of schools at Penn, during which she engaged with students and learned firsthand about the School’s work and impact. This fall, President Magill also visited the Penn Alexander School and the Henry C. Lea School, two of Penn GSE’s whole-school partnerships in Philadelphia.

A teacher wearing a mask does arithmetic on a white board with a student.
Photo by Penn GSE Communications

Partnerships Increase Impact

For the second year in a row, Penn GSE and the Office of School and Community Engagement partnered with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships to support summer learning in West Philadelphia. The 2022 program offered academic and mental health support to 267 students in first through eighth grades, a 20 percent increase from the 2021 program, and provided professional development to twenty-four teachers and counselors at two sites.

A rendering of the Penn GSE’s completed building expansion project.

Coming Soon

Made possible by the Extraordinary Impact Campaign, Penn GSE’s historic building expansion project is underway and on schedule. The School’s footprint will expand to include new classrooms, student and collaboration spaces, and a new home for Catalyst @ Penn GSE. Construction will continue through the spring and summer, with anticipated occupancy in the fall of 2023.

Two graduate students sit on the stairs outside Penn GSE in blue GSE long-sleeved t-shirts.
Photo by Joe Mac for Penn GSE

Starting Line

Penn GSE’s Office of Student Success, formerly the Office of Student Services, welcomed a new class this fall during the first on-campus orientation since the fall of 2019. The most diverse student population in the School’s history, the 2022 incoming class includes 773 master’s students, twenty-two PhD students, and sixty-four EdD students.


This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of The Penn GSE Magazine.