Primary Education

Children’s literature as ‘seed work’

Penn GSE’s Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discusses the importance of more diverse books for kids and the challenges that continue to stifle early anti-racist learning. She also shares a curated list of recommended books for youth catered to this particular moment.

Lauren Hertzler

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.

Penn Today Staff

A ‘holiday office party’ podcast

In the latest episode of Penn Today's “Office Hours” podcast series, and the final installment of 2019, three returning guests join for a chat about the holiday season, the decade that’s been, and the year ahead.

Brandon Baker

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

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Why many Philly students aren’t logging on for school, and what that could mean for September

Caroline Watts of the Graduate School of Education commented on the six weeks it took for the Philadelphia school district to distribute laptops to its students after Gov. Wolf ordered schools to close. “The greater the lag in the time off, the harder it is to engage students,” said Watts.


The Washington Post

America’s schools are more diverse than ever. But the teachers are still mostly white

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences discussed the lack of diversity in teaching. “It’s not enough to recruit,” he said. “If we don’t improve retention, I’m not optimistic for closing the gap.”


The Washington Post

‘Set your price for a slave,’ a fifth-grade work sheet read. It landed the teacher on leave

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the Graduate School of Education spoke about best practices for, and common missteps in, discussing slavery in the classroom. “We’re really wrestling with how to teach about the trauma of the past,” she said.


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.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Number problem moves Morehouse professor: too few black math teachers

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about an overrepresentation of women in the teaching profession, as well as high turnover rates for teachers of color. “It’s not about the person,” said Ingersoll. “It has to do with the schools.”


Education Week

Ed-tech supporters promise innovations that can transform schools. Teachers not seeing impact

Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan of the Graduate School of Education said K-12 schools often lack a crucial ingredient for innovation: “a culture of productive failure.”