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.”

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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.

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In the News


Education Week

Africana studies can save education—and the world

Ismael Jimenez of the Graduate School of Education writes that "Africana studies is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the study of Black people and history, but it also represents a foundational building block of a more just world."

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Philadelphia Inquirer

This Philly-area elementary school saw test scores plummet. Now it’s putting all its resources toward catching up.

Nicole Carl of the Graduate School of Education says that teachers are feeling pressure from administrators to boost test scores.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Need more teachers? Why not groom students?

Dean Pam Grossman of the Graduate School of Education says that “grow your own” teaching programs that recruit locally have been successful.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Flunking social studies is how America got the Big Lie and QAnon. Don’t make it worse

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that reduced time in the classroom for teaching civics will come back to haunt America’s future politics.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

New Pa. standardized test scores show students haven’t rebounded since the pandemic

Jonathan Supovitz of the Graduate School of Education explains why he isn’t surprised by Pennsylvania students’ continuing low scores on standardized tests.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Josh Shapiro’s victory in Pennsylvania gubernatorial race could bolster school funding

Ericka S. Weathers of the Graduate School of Education discusses whether Josh Shapiro’s platform and track record will lead him to support schools as Pennsylvania governor.

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