Graduate School of Education

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

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

Easing the transition from summer to school

Penn GSE’s Linda Leibowitz has a few suggestions for parents and caregivers who are keen to smooth their kids’ transition from summer back to school.

Penn Today Staff

The beauty of the two-wheeled commute

On Bike to Work Day, Penn will fete two-wheeled commuters with snacks, showers, and swag. For many at the University, commuting by bike is a way of life. Five Penn staff and faculty share how they make it work and why they keep riding.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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



In the News


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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The Conversation

Before you decide to work in college, ask yourself these questions

Laura Perna and Ph.D. student Taylor Odle of the Graduate School of Education recommended that undergraduates weigh the benefits and drawbacks of working while enrolled in classes before accepting a job. “Working—especially working many hours per week—can be stressful and can harm academic performance and progress,” they wrote.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

How college life became the Hunger Games

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education wrote about the culture of competition at elite colleges and universities, both inside the classroom and beyond.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

Despite obstacles, black colleges are pipelines to the middle class, study finds. Here’s its list of the best

Robert A. Nathenson of the Graduate School of Education comments on his work studying the hurdles faced by historically black colleges and universities.

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