Graduate School of Education

How the city cultivates its youngest writers

Since 1986, The Philadelphia Writing Project has called Penn GSE home, which works with the city’s teachers and students to advance high-quality writing skills.

Penn Today Staff

A ‘holiday office party’ podcast

In the latest episode of Penn Today's “Office Hours” podcast series, and the final installment of 2019, three returning guests join for a chat about the holiday season, the decade that’s been, and the year ahead.

Brandon Baker

How we can put civility back into civic engagement

Katherina Rosqueta and Conor Carroll from Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Harris Sokoloff from Penn’s Graduate School of Education discuss a new guide to strengthening democracy

Penn Today Staff

Penn has three new Schwarzman Scholars

A University of Pennsylvania senior, a master's student, and an alumnus were chosen to receive the Schwarzman Scholarship, which funds a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

Aaron Olson , Louisa Shepard

Seeing life through their eyes

Through the voices and stories of seven men, a feature-length documentary co-produced and directed by Annenberg Dean John L. Jackson Jr. and graduate student Nora Gross illustrates what it means to be black and gay in the south.

Michele W. Berger



In the News


USA Today

Impeachment: Republicans are in the tank for Trump, but Democrats aren't impartial, either

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education weighed in on the potential effects of bias in the impeachment trial. “I must keep my mind open to new arguments and evidence, instead of closing myself off before we have heard them,” he wrote.

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The Washington Post

America’s schools are more diverse than ever. But the teachers are still mostly white

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences discussed the lack of diversity in teaching. “It’s not enough to recruit,” he said. “If we don’t improve retention, I’m not optimistic for closing the gap.”

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The Washington Post

‘Set your price for a slave,’ a fifth-grade work sheet read. It landed the teacher on leave

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the Graduate School of Education spoke about best practices for, and common missteps in, discussing slavery in the classroom. “We’re really wrestling with how to teach about the trauma of the past,” she said.

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Graduate School of Education

What to know about lists of financially challenged colleges

Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the silence from colleges and universities experiencing institutional financial difficulties. “The problem is we’re in a period of time when higher education feels itself increasingly the victim,” he said. “The victim of both public policy but also public discourse. As an enterprise, it doesn’t know how to handle that.”

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The Washington Post

Teaching impeaching: History comes to life in school as teachers seize on this historic moment. Here’s what some are doing—and how

Advice on addressing impeachment in the classroom from Sigal Ben-Porath and Dean Pam Grossman of the Graduate School of Education was cited.

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