Graduate School of Education

Teaching beyond September 11

Penn GSE’s Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher says the lessons of 9/11 offer a chance for students to examine how the event has shaped much of the last two decades, in America and around the world.

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Understanding the pandemic classroom

Penn professors join the “Understand This ...” podcast to talk about the fall 2021 return to the classroom, reflecting on what students and educators have experienced during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while examining lessons from remote learning.

Brandon Baker

In a California district, Latinx students with Latinx teachers attend more school

While the teaching workforce continues to be heavily dominated by white teachers, in particular white women, the academic and social-emotional benefits for students of color of having a teacher who is their same race have been widely documented. Less studied is the impact that having a same-race teacher has on attendance.

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What you need to know about the protests in Cuba

Penn GSE’s Amalia Dache traveled to Cuba in 2018 and 2019 to research the Afro Cuban experience, and the opportunities that existed—or were closed off from—the island nation’s significant Black population.

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In the News


Our diplomacy must embody America's power

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education spoke about efforts to make community college tuition-free. "There's power in the message that tuition is free. Figuring out how much college costs is complicated," she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Should Penn allow professors to teach all-remote this semester?

Suvir Kaul of the School of Arts & Sciences and Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education debate returning to the classroom or remaining online for the fall semester.


Philadelphia Inquirer

‘I have faith in what I cannot imagine, because I couldn’t have imagined what happened July 11’: Philadelphia Cubans on the hope, stress of island protests

Amalia Daché of the Graduate School of Education criticizes people who have blamed the U.S. embargo and not the Cuban government for the crisis in Cuba.



Free speech carries costs for elections, protests, and vaccines

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education was interviewed about the limits of free speech. “Vietnam was our first war where you had constitutional protections to and criticize the war. In every single prior war Americans were fined, jailed and punished for criticizing America’s involvement in the war,” he said.


The Hechinger Report

For adults returning to college, ‘free’ tuition isn’t enough

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education spoke about accommodating the needs of adult students. “There is a complexity to adult learners,” she said. “It is really recognizing, ‘What are the circumstances of individual people’s lives?’ If someone is to enroll in college, how do you make it possible for them to attend?”