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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Al Día

Philly School District partners with Temple, Penn for new program preparing diverse future education leaders

Penn is partnering with Temple University and the School District of Philadelphia to launch a program that aims to diversify the pipeline of education leaders. The program begins this summer.


U.S. News & World Report

Remote students of all races, incomes suffered during pandemic

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences helped lead a study that explored the impact of academic, social, and emotional learning loss among high school students who learned remotely last year. “We must recognize that our nation’s students are not just lagging as performers, they are suffering as people," she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Pivoting to middle school teacher from bank teller to stay ahead of disruption

Dean Pam Grossman of the Graduate School of Education said technology has yet to significantly disrupt education or replace the need for teachers. “Teaching and learning are fundamentally relational processes, and without the relationship, it’s hard to engage learners, particularly those that aren’t motivated,” she said.


Chronicle of Higher Education

‘Is inclusion even possible?’

Dean John L. Jackson Jr. of the Annenberg School for Communication participated in a conversation about how colleges can be more inclusive and equitable. “Difficult as it is, as challenging as it always has been, this is something we have to imagine,” he said. “The alternative is far too dark.”


Education Week

What principals have learned from COVID-19’s ‘stress test’

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education, housed in the Graduate School of Education, has published five briefs about how U.S. school districts and principals have dealt with the pandemic. “The principals are doing all these amazing things, which are serving urgent needs of kids and families. That’s not taken into account in what we think of as a good school. There is an imbalance between our metrics for assessing quality and the actual role of schools in society,” said Jonathan Supovitz.


Morning Edition (NPR)

How the coronavirus has upended college admissions

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke at the annual conference for the Common Application about factoring “personal qualities” into the admissions process. "Whatever you call them, the take-home message is these things matter, and in some cases matter as much as IQ," she said.