Strength #4

Innovation for Impact

Staying at the forefront of education means taking nothing for granted.

It means constantly identifying new challenges in the field and meeting them with novel solutions.

“Innovation is a part of everything we do,” says Dean Pam Grossman. “It’s a mindset that we cultivate across the School—asking what will be the next frontier in education and how we can leverage our expertise to prepare for it.”

Over the years that mindset has given birth to cutting-edge experiences in research and practice for Penn GSE students, groundbreaking studies by GSE faculty, an array of degree programs that meet emerging needs in education, and a tradition of fostering entrepreneurship.

Penn GSE’s M.S. Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship program, the first of its kind in the nation, prepares working professionals to create, fund, and manage innovations in education. Soon a new center for innovation and leadership will reimagine the School’s role as a source of lifelong learning for teachers, leaders, educators, and alumni.

Perhaps the greatest testament to Penn GSE’s spirit of innovation is its growing worldwide community of over 16,000 alumni working in an array of professions. “Our innovative approach produces transformational leaders with a global impact that will only increase in our second century,” Dean Grossman states.

  • Working at the forefront of learning

    Graduate students sitting around long, rectangular table

    Penn GSE’s MedEd program, part of the School’s array of alternative-format programs, prepares physicians and health care providers to better educate the next generation of medical professionals. 

  • Building on a legacy of innovation

    Every year the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, the largest competition of its kind, brings together researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and investors to solve problems in education. 

  • Producing transformational leaders

    Students in caps and gowns sitting and clapping

    Penn GSE’s more than 16,000 alumni have a global impact as leaders and innovators across a broad array of education professions. They include teachers, counselors, entrepreneurs, chief learning officers, K-12 and higher education administrators, over forty-four college presidents, and other education professionals.