Naming and Endowment

Penn GSE is impacting the lives of millions globally each year.

We create opportunity for learners of all ages, foster innovative and creative thinking, and put research to work in practice. With your support, we will continue to hone and develop the core strengths and priorities of Penn GSE: providing access to the most qualified students regardless of financial ability, preparing the next generation of education leaders in urban and underserved communities, recruiting and retaining the finest scholars, advancing innovation in education, and building twenty-first-century learning spaces to best meet the needs of our students.

Named and endowed funds for facilities and technology, scholarship and fellowship, programs and research, and faculty support mean that Penn GSE can remain at the top of the field and attract the brightest people with the most potential to have extraordinary impact in the world. Learn more below.

  • Naming and Endowment Slideshow - Building

    Rendering of the 3700 Walnut building with a glass pavilion added to the east side

    Support for facilities and technology allows Penn GSE to embark upon a building expansion. The project will keep the School—and the future educators and leaders we produce—at the forefront of a new era in education.

     

  • Naming and Endowment Slideshow - Students at a Table

    Three graduate students talking at a table with a laptop and book

    Through support for named master’s scholarships and Ph.D. fellowships, Penn GSE is able to attract the most talented and committed students and help make their education affordable. In return, our graduates go on to impact millions of students globally each year.

     

  • Naming and Endowment Slideshow - Urban Education

    Philadelphia high school students shown in profile writing on a whiteboard

    Support for urban education allows Penn GSE to prepare the next generation of education leaders and practitioners, improve outcomes for children and youth in Philadelphia, and enhance training for students while serving the public good.

     

  • Naming and Endowment Slideshow -Academic Innovation

    Professor and students smiling as they connect electronic sensors to fruits and other objects

    Through support for academic innovation, Penn GSE expands upon its leadership in bringing together a variety of stakeholders to solve problems in education. Our new center for innovation, Catalyst, will generate new approaches and bring them beyond the traditional world of academia.

     

  • Naming and Endowment Slideshow - Faculty

    Professor speaking in front of a chalkboard

    As Penn GSE prepares the most capable students to transform education, it must retain and recruit the finest scholars to lead the way. Faculty support enables Penn GSE to be a thought leader and produce the next generation of transformative educators.

     

Facilities and Technology

Penn GSE RenderingPenn GSE is embarking upon a building expansion that will keep the School—and the future educators and leaders we produce—at the forefront of a new era in education. Our internationally regarded faculty will guide the design of twenty-first-century learning spaces that are both flexible and technologically advanced to accommodate a range of forward-thinking teaching and learning approaches. By strategically expanding the School’s central building at 3700 Walnut Street, merging it with nearby Stiteler Hall, and adding a two-story building that includes a center for innovation, we will bring the majority of our programs and people into one campus location. The result will be a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary hub for Penn GSE’s nearly 1,300 students. Learn more

 

Scholarship and Fellowship

Dean Pam Grossman and students sitting indoors at a tableThrough named master’s scholarships and Ph.D. fellowships, Penn GSE is able to attract the most talented and committed students and help make their education affordable. In return, our graduates go on to impact millions of students globally each year through their roles in education and education-related fields. By helping the next generation of transformative educators and leaders to keep their loans to a minimum, you will free them to pursue their careers, engage in public service, and pursue their passions.

 

Urban Education

Dean Pam Grossman and students sitting indoors at a tablePenn GSE’s longtime commitment to urban education is the driving force of three pivotal new initiatives that will amplify the reach and impact of this work and legacy:

  • The Penn GSE Collaboratory for Teacher Education will oversee and advance Penn GSE’s efforts to prepare the next generation of education leaders and practitioners, combining the School’s expertise in urban education with a broad, forward-thinking perspective.
  • The Office of School and Community Engagement supports the mission of Penn GSE and the University to engage meaningfully in the city of Philadelphia, facilitating partnerships with schools and communities to improve outcomes for children and youth in Philadelphia.
  • The Penn Futures Project is an ambitious and unprecedented attempt by three professional schools at Penn—GSE, Nursing, and Social Policy and Practice—to reimagine graduate education in ways that will expand and enhance training for students while serving the public good.

 

Academic Innovation

Philadelphia high school students sitting in classroomExpanding upon the School’s remarkable history of exploring the frontiers of education and education research to improve educational outcomes, Penn GSE’s new center for innovation, Catalyst, will be a hub of intellectual capital and knowledge, communicating research and expertise well beyond the traditional world of academia. In addition to various new initiatives, the center will house the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition. The first competition of its kind sponsored by an education school, this program brings together researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and investors each year to solve problems in education.

 

Faculty Support

Philadelphia high school students sitting in classroomAs Penn GSE prepares the most capable students to transform education, it must retain and recruit the finest scholars to lead the way. Through their research, practice, and teaching, Penn GSE faculty address some of the biggest challenges facing society—issues of educational reform and policy; race, inclusion, and access; and early childhood development and education. Endowed professorships and research funds ensure a faculty of the highest caliber—scholars and professionals who enable Penn GSE to be a thought leader and produce the next generation of transformative educators.

Jolley Bruce Christman, GED’71, GR’87

Jolley Bruce Christman, GED’71, GR’87, and her late husband Steven S. Goldberg, GR’85, support graduating doctoral students at Penn GSE for their work in urban education.

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