Secondary Education

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

In a California district, Latinx students with Latinx teachers attend more school

While the teaching workforce continues to be heavily dominated by white teachers, in particular white women, the academic and social-emotional benefits for students of color of having a teacher who is their same race have been widely documented. Less studied is the impact that having a same-race teacher has on attendance.

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In the News


The Rooted School network: Experiencing success in college and work in high school

An analysis from the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the School of Social Policy & Practice shows that supplying $50 a week to 10 seniors yielded positive financial and mental results.


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.