Education Policy

Guidelines for moving college courses online

In response to the coronavirus, college instructors are shifting their in-person courses online. Zachary Herrmann and Penn GSE’s Center for Professional Learning have some experience making this work.

Penn Today Staff

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.

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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.

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In the News

The Trump Administration is using accusations of anti-Semitism to silence criticism of Israel

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences wrote an opinion piece about the current administration’s efforts to “chill free speech and criticism of Israel” using the Department of Education’s civil rights mandate.


Houston Chronicle

Revolving door: Teachers, principals churn through HISD’s lowest-performing schools

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the importance of teaching-staff retention. “We have 50 years of research that shows good schools have a sense of community and strong bonds,” he said. “The good schools, it’s not like a factory. It’s more like a family.”


The New York Times

Bernie Sanders unveils education plan to eliminate student loan debt

Joni E. Finney of the Graduate School of Education said presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ plan to eliminate student loan debt “doesn’t match the complexity of the cost education problem.”


The Economist

What budget cuts during the Great Recession did to pupils’ test scores

A study co-authored by Matthew Steinberg of the Graduate School of Education was cited in an article about the effects of budget cuts on test scores in poor and minority school districts.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Expert: Retention strategies could help teacher shortage

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences said the majority of teachers who leave the profession do so because of the working conditions. “It’s not about the person,” he says. “It has to do with the schools.”


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.”