Primary Education

Penn GSE makes math meaningful for West Philly kids

The Responsive Math Teaching project, currently funded by the National Science, has kids in West Philly schools engaging in the work, rather than passively completing it, through summer “math festivals.”

From Penn GSE

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

Penn and Lea School celebrate signing of $4.1 million commitment

The Henry C. Lea Elementary School, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn GSE, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the School District of Philadelphia celebrated the formalization of Penn’s deepened commitment to supporting the West Philadelphia K-8 school.

From Penn GSE

In the News

Confronting COVID’s lost generation

Fourth-year Victoria Sousa in the School of Arts & Sciences writes about South America’s current educational crisis, brought on by the pandemic in regions without computers or Wi-Fi.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. waived the basic skills requirement for educators. Will it work to attract more teachers?

Dean Pam Grossman and Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education speak on the potential drawbacks of waiving basic skills tests for teacher preparation programs.


CBS News

Book ban battle plays out in public schools as more novels are pulled from shelves

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences says that book bans are just the latest instance of national politics coming to a boiling point.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Central Bucks West tells teachers not to use students’ preferred names and pronouns without parent approval

Patrick Sexton of the Graduate School of Education says that procedures like the new guidelines in a suburban school district can disconnect students from their academics and from a necessary system of support.


The Guardian

Do later school start times make teens happier? California’s about to find out

Phillip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that California’s new school start time laws are a good idea from a circadian-rhythms and mental health perspective, though challenges exist for younger students forced to wait for the bus in the dark.


The New York Times

Want to regain parents’ trust, public health institutions? Be humble

David Rubin of the Perelman School of Medicine says that there’s no data on what two years of masking children in an early learning environment might do to their socio-emotional development.