Graduate School of Education

The best books of 2018 for young readers

Penn GSE’s Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and her team share their book choices for elementary and middle grade kids, showcasing authors whose work explores issues like race, gender, ethnicity, and class thoughtfully and empathetically.

Penn Today Staff

Staging the plague

Eighty-one students training in a diversity of health professions worked with regional and federal agencies to confront an imagined outbreak scenario centered around bubonic plague in Philadelphia.

Katherine Unger Baillie

The healing word

Deborah Thomas embeds herself in communities stricken by violence to chronicle the humanity revealed during the aftermath.

Blake Cole

Educational leaders examine the ‘University of the Future’

“Beyond the Walls: The University of the Future” brought scholars, administrators, and technology experts together to discuss the future of higher education and the disruption of the traditional “brick and mortar” college campus.

Jill DiSanto

In the News

Education Week

Teachers have trust issues

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education spoke about teachers’ increasingly numerous targets for mistrust, which range from philanthropic groups to government agencies. “The skepticism of authority is not new,” he said. “But the skepticism of those authorities is new, because the political realm changed to allow them to exert a whole lot more power and prominence.”



Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time

The Graduate School of Education’s Alexandra Michel spoke about stack ranking systems like the one employed at Facebook. “If you have an environment that is completely cutthroat like Wall Street, this system works pretty well,” Michel said. “But if you have employees who come in and want to be taken care of, want to learn, want to be part of a warm group and people who care about them—that’s a very jarring mismatch.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

From snowflake students to outspoken professors: Why protecting campus speech matters

Sigal Ben-Porath of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences penned an op-ed about free speech in academia. “The problem is that these institutions, protective of free speech as they tend to be, are beholden to outside stakeholders who do not always understand the role that open expression plays on campus and how it is used to promote the broader mission of higher education.”


Inside Higher Ed

Against endorsing the Chicago principles

The Graduate School of Education’s Sigal Ben-Porath wrote about the Chicago principles, which many institutions use as a guide to handling free-speech issues, and its shortcomings. The principles “rely on a legalistic and formal framework that purports to offer a response to a set of problems that has little use for such blunt tools,” she said.


The Hechinger Report

Non-white teachers have increased 162 percent over the past 30 years, but they are also more likely to quit

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on increases in minority teachers during the last 30 years. “It’s all the more remarkable because minority teachers have higher quit rates,” said Ingersoll.