GSE News: All

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
  • Race, Equity, & Inclusion
May 22, 2019

On the Office Hours podcast, Thomas remembers what it was like the first time she read Harry Potter, and how that sparked her investigations of race in children’s literature.


Locust Walk
  • News from Penn GSE
May 16, 2019

Graduation is a time to celebrate the remarkable successes of our Penn GSE community.


Dr. Earl Ball
  • Leadership
May 15, 2019

Earl Ball, who has directed the program since its launch in 2008, is retiring.


A group of teachers builds a tower from dry spaghetti on a tabletop
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Alumni
May 6, 2019

Penn GSE is taking the lead in helping educators across the country hone their skills in project-based instruction through a new certificate program and a related research project.

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
  • Race, Equity, & Inclusion
April 30, 2019

Penn GSE’s Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’ forthcoming book explores race and representation in fantasy and science fiction.


Peter Eckel
  • Leadership
  • Higher Education
April 26, 2019

Penn GSE's Peter Eckel writes about the admissions challenges facing nonselective and moderately selective colleges and their boards.


Participants in Catalyst at Penn GSE workshop
  • Education Innovation & Entrepreneurship
April 18, 2019

The five-day workshop included expert advice from people working in industry and trips to Apple, Google, and Raise Labs.


  • News from Penn GSE
April 16, 2019

More than 75 Penn GSE faculty and students were featured in panels and presentations.


Ajoy Vase, Michael Golden, and Ed Metz at Catalyst Bootcamp
  • Education Innovation & Entrepreneurship
April 8, 2019

The bootcamp is part Catalyst’s ongoing series that prepares educational entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products for children and educators.


Red and blue Penn GSE balloons
  • Alumni
April 5, 2019

The Penn GSE Education Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Education Alumni Awards.


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What your day in the Urban Teaching Apprentiship Program looks like changes quite a bit throughout the year but for the second half of your program you will be teaching full day in the classroom. I follow a pretty regular schedule with the only thing differing from day to day is if I have class in the evening. Below is my regular schedule on a day where I will teach full day and then have a...

We had about a week of spring break, and many of my GSE friends traveled around the U.S, such as LA, San Francisco, Orlando, and Chicago. I went to see the Niagara Falls in Buffalo and Boston for the first time!

① Niagara Falls / Buffalo

After flying out to Buffalo Niagara airport from Philly, my friend and I rented a car and drove to the Niagara Falls State Park. Although it was...

With hiring season around the corner, students around GSE are donning their best blazers and putting the finishing touches on their updated resumes. Before you walk into that first interview, check out these helpful supports and strategies for Penn students from Penn career services:

1. Meet with a Career Counselor

If you haven’t already been to Penn GSE’s Career...

As we know the pressures of grad school are immense, and sometimes it can feel like we are sinking. So here are a few top tips that I have picked up during my time here at Penn for not just surviving, but also thriving at Penn.


 1. Stay full and caffeinated

Make use of the many free food opportunities...

My job search began right after the winter break in January. Because I am in a one year master’s program, the turnaround for job searching is pretty quick. As it would add to unnecessary stress in the transition to being a full time graduate student, our cohort in the Higher Education Division was advised not to begin the search in the fall semester as most opportunities would become available...

My favorite part of exploring a new city is touring the coffee shops! I truly believe that a local coffee shop can tell you a lot about a city or area. Plus, I love trying new coffees and finding new places to study!

The first coffee shop I explored was ReAnimator Coffee Roasters on 47th and Pine St. Before I even walked in, I knew that it had a good vibe, which was reinforced by the...

I am one of the youngest people in my cohort because I decided to begin my graduate school journey immediately after finishing my undergraduate degree. I got my bachelor’s degree at Boston University, where I fell deeply in love with the city of Boston; therefore, when applying to graduate programs, I knew that I wanted to continue to live in a big city. I had never been to Philadelphia before...

I took three courses in the fall semester. Since instructors had always prepared rigorous learning materials and made classes engaging and interesting, I did not feel stressed. Instead, I was excited to join every class to acquire new knowledge and skills. My time was quite flexible. I joined the archery club; I became an ambassador in GSE and Weingarten center; I could continue learning...

Below is a letter to the eager, enthusiastic, and ambitious person I was before I started the UTAP program at Penn GSE. 

            You have so many questions. You are wondering if this school, city, and step is the right choice. You want to jump in now and you spend your hours in June dreaming of what your life as a graduate student will be like (you should...

If we are being entirely honest here, graduate school is really hard. The hours are long and in my program, we are constantly balancing student teaching and Penn coursework. While professors strive to make assignments that will overlap with our student teaching commitments, there is no doubt that this program is a ton of work. However, as I pass the midpoint of my program, I want to share some...