Secondary 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

Nine tips for moving secondary teaching online

Betty Chandy, Catalyst @ Penn GSE’s Director for Online Learning, has prepared educators and schools for virtual and blended learning at the middle and high school levels.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The New York Times

Campus life in the fall? A test with no clear answer

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education said of colleges’ approaches to the fall 2020 semester, “I think we are going to see a lot of variation.”


Associated Press

With virus, U.S. higher education may face existential moment

Joni Finney and Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education spoke about how colleges and universities are trying to plan for the fall semester.


The Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus pushes colleges to the breaking point, forcing ‘hard choices’ about education

In his book “The College Stress Test,” Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education predicted that 10% of private, liberal arts colleges in the U.S. were likely to close within the next five years. Now, with the pandemic’s damaging effects on school finances, his prediction has changed to 200 schools in the next year alone.


University World News

Universities must help shape the post-COVID-19 world

Ira Harkavy of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships contributed to an article about the role of universities in establishing a post-COVID-19 world. “Higher education can add momentum by renewing our commitment to our core values of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and engagement by students, faculty, and staff, and re-emphasising the role of higher education institutions as societal actors for the public good,” Harkavy and his co-authors wrote.


The New York Times

Students might have to take college admissions tests at home this fall

Jonathan Supovitz of the Graduate School of Education said some families may be reluctant to allow organizations like the College Board extensive access to their private devices for the sake of remote test proctoring. “That’s a big privacy issue, both to lock down your computer and to put some kind of client on your computer to be able to do that,” he said.


Inside Higher Ed

Colleges can help win the war against COVID-19

S. Abu Turab Rizvi and Peter Eckel of the Graduate School of Education wrote that higher education institutions have led the nation in confronting COVID-19. “They have the opportunity to continue to demonstrate by their actions today the deep societal value of education, research, expertise and community commitment,” they wrote.