Education Policy

Supporting education in Ghana

The Graduate School of Education’s Sharon Wolf is leading a research project on reaching parents in remote and impoverished regions of Ghana with supportive text messages to share information on helping their children, especially girls, succeed in school.

Louisa Shepard

America as it actually was

“Teaching Independence: Bridging the Communications Gap,” took an in-depth look at the challenges of teaching the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, and the nation’s founding in the current political climate.

From Penn GSE

Six takeaways from two years of online learning

As two full years of this explosion in virtual learning approaches, Penn GSE associate professor and director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics Ryan Baker shares some thoughts on best practices, and which practices should be avoided.

From Penn GSE



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The Washington Post

Momentum builds behind a three-year degree to lower college costs

Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education is quoted on the worries that speeding up curriculum to graduate from college in three years would “cheapen the degree.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Scores on Pa. standardized tests fell in 2021, but many students didn’t take them

Jonathan Supovitz of the Graduate School of Education commented on the drop in Pennsylvania students’ standardized testing scores. Given the pandemic and the challenges of virtual learning, Supovitz said the scores are “not surprising, and it is also entirely consistent with other places in the country.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Advocates urge action on bill to establish Asian American and Pacific Islander curriculum in N.J. schools

Jessica Kim, a doctoral student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, is organizing a demonstration in support of a bill to require New Jersey schools to teach students about the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. “Education is critical,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Should Penn allow professors to teach all-remote this semester?

Suvir Kaul of the School of Arts & Sciences and Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education debate returning to the classroom or remaining online for the fall semester.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

What won’t the infrastructure plan do? Repair our crumbling schools

Nell Williams, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education, wrote an op-ed in support of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, which allocates funds to repair school buildings. “As the infrastructure plan undergoes further negotiation in the House and Senate, I urge policymakers note the gaping hole that was left when most U.S. schools went virtual last year,” she said.

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The Hechinger Report

Black teachers ground down by racial battle fatigue after a year like no other

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the pandemic’s impact on the teaching workforce and suggested that the economy’s recovery could increase teacher turnover and retirements.

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