Graduate School of Education

The future of learning is digital

Penn GSE’s Yasmin Kafai, a learning scientist who has designed tools and communities to promote coding, crafting, and creativity, believes we need to change how we think about teaching and learning, while making sure every child has a chance to develop these vital skills.

Penn Today Staff

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



In the News


The Hechinger Report

Learning while you earn in college

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education was quoted about the implausibility of working less than 15 hours per week while enrolled in college. “Most college students are now not only employed but also working a substantial number of hours, a fact not widely understood or discussed by faculty members and policy makers,” said Perna.

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The Washington Post

Questions abound after Trump threatens to strip funding from colleges that don’t support free speech

Sigal Ben-Porath of the Graduate School of Education said that a proposed executive order that would make funding for universities contingent on support for free speech may be “a blunt tool against … the wrong question.” A better question, she suggested, would be, “what is some work that we can do to make sure that [students] are heard, to make sure people consider diverse views?”

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The Atlantic

The U.S. teaching population is getting bigger, and more female

Richard Ingersoll of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education was cited for a study which noted an increasingly disproportionate number of women teaching K-12 in recent years due in part to social perceptions of teaching as “feminine” labor.

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“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

What’s the best way to teach math?

Caroline Ebby of the Graduate School of Education said that in the U.S. many people learn math as a set of rules to follow but don’t fully understand the procedures used to solve equations.

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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.”

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