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                                                                                                                                                                         2         Letter from the Dean
 Board of Advisors
 Douglas R. Korn, W’84, Chair
                                                                                                                                                                         [ NEWS ]
 Deborah L. Ancona, C’76, GED’77
 Olumoroti G. Balogun, GRD’20
 Brett H. Barth, W’93                                                                                                                                                    3         Faculty Bookshelf & Faculty Awards
 Allison Jane Blitzer, C’91
 Wallace Boston, GRD’10
 Harlan B. Cherniak, W’01                                                                                                                                                4         News Briefs
 Jolley Bruce Christman, GED’71, GR’87
 Beth S. Ertel, W’88, WG’92
 Jeffrey L. Goldberg, W’83, WG’89                                                                                                                                        [ F E ATURES ]
 Patricia Grant, GED’01, GRD’04

 Joel M. Greenblatt, W’79, WG’80
 Andrew Harris Jacobson, WG’93                                                                                                                          12                         Education and Democracy
 Marjie G. Katz, GED’90                                                                                                                                                            Penn GSE Faculty and Students
 Lois M. Kohn-Claar, C’88, GED’88
 Gustave K. Lipman, W’94                                                                                                                                                           Work to Advance Civic Life
 Jeffrey S. McKibben, W’93
 Gregory A. Milken, C’95
 Andrea Jill Pollack, C’83, L’87, GED’17
                                                                        16                                                                                               11        Penn GSE Remembers Betty Deane
 David N. Roberts, W’84
 Francisco Jose Rodriguez, W’93
 Molly P. Rouse-Terlevich, C’90, GED’00
                                                                                                                                                                         12 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
 Michael J. Sorrell, GRD’15                                                                                                                                                        Penn GSE Alumni Work to Support
 Navin M. Valrani, W’93, GED’18
 Steven M. Wagshal, W’94                                                                                                                                                           Students and Employees
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 Pam Grossman                                                                                                                                                            21 Supporting Educational Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                   Penn GSE Launches Strategic Leadership
 Melissa R. Calvert, GED’00
 Publisher                                                                                                                                                                         Certificate Program
 Juliana Rosati
 Editor                                                                                                                                                                  22 Multiple Pathways to Excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                   Penn GSE Prepares Teachers to Transform Lives
 Editorial Board:
 Sara Cantwell
 Abisha David, GED’21
 Jane L. Lindahl, GED’18
 Jennifer Moore
 Kat Stein
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FACULTY BOOKSHELF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Free Speech and Why You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Should Give a Damn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Core Practices for Project-                                                                                                                      by Jonathan Zimmerman, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based Learning: A Guide for                                                                                                                      cartoons by Signe Wilkinson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Teachers and Leaders                                                                                                                             Published April 2021 by City of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by Pam Grossman, Zachary

                                                                               Letter from the Dean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Light Publishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herrmann, Sarah Schneider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kavanagh, Christopher G.                                                                                                                         See the cover story on page 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pupik Dean                                                                                                                                       to learn more about Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Zimmerman’s work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Published June 2021 by Harvard
     Photo by Goldenberg Photography

                                                                               Dear Alumni and Friends,        that the tribute on page 11 will bring back fond memories for the                                    Education Press

                                                                                                               very many alumni whose lives she touched. I was grateful that we                                     Dean Grossman and Penn GSE
                                                                                 This fall has been a time     could gather in person to remember Betty on campus as a com-                                         colleagues draw on their research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with teachers, educational leaders,
                                                                                 of renewal and reconnec-      munity after so many months apart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and curriculum designers to offer
                                                                                 tion at Penn GSE thanks           I have also been grateful to get to know the new members of our                                  a framework and set of strategies
                                                                                 to our return to in-person    community in person, from students, to staff, to faculty. Our several                                for implementing project-based
                                                                                 operations. I am so pleased   new faculty, whom you can read about on page 4, include Professor                                    learning. Centering on teaching            Pam Grossman         Zachary Herrmann
                                                                                 that we have successfully     of Practice Andrea Kane, a former superintendent with strong                                         practice, this work moves beyond
                                       welcomed faculty, staff, and students to campus after seventeen         record of building professional capacity and supporting educational                                  project planning to focus on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    complex instructional demands of                                                                   Sport Finance: Where the
                                       months of remote learning and work. Whether you are in cir-             leaders; and Richard Perry University Professor Roberto Gonzales,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a student-centered approach.                                                                       Money Comes from, Where
                                       cumstances similar to or very different from these, I hope recent       first Penn Integrates Knowledge professor to hold an appointment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the Money Goes

                                       months have brought you the opportunity for interactions and            at GSE. A world-renowned scholar of the lives of immigrants in the                                                                                                                                      by Karen Weaver
                                       experiences you value.                                                  United States, Dr. Gonzales is also featured on page 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Published August 2021 by
                                          An important part of our transition back has been to aid in the          We have been thrilled to welcome Raquel M. Arredondo as Penn                                                                                Sarah Schneider      Christopher G.                     Kendall Hunt Publishing
                                       transitions of our neighboring schools. Our Office of School and        GSE’s inaugural assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.                                                                            Kavanagh             Pupik Dean

                                       Community Engagement and several of our faculty contributed             Arredondo is leading schoolwide efforts with the goal of promoting
                                       to a wonderful summer program that blended learning and fun             an inclusive learning and working environment. Diversity, equity,
                                       to help five public schools in Philadelphia welcome back students       and inclusion work could not be more important or resonant today,                                                                                                                                                 Names in bold are members of the Penn GSE faculty.
                                       and teachers, in collaboration with Penn’s Netter Center for            as the stories of four alumni on page 12 illustrate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FACULTY AWARDS & HONORS
                                       Community Partnerships. Given the disruptions and inequities                We have also begun to celebrate on campus the great success of
                                       of our times, there has truly never been a more important time          the Extraordinary Impact Campaign, highlighted on page 16, which
                                       for preparing and supporting teachers, and I am so proud of how         concluded as part of the University-wide Power of Penn Campaign.
                                       our teacher education programs featured on page 22 address this         Far surpassing its goal, the campaign raised funds for priorities                                         Catherine DiFelice Box (1) was selected by the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program to conduct a virtual project
                                       crucial need.                                                           across the School, including our building expansion, for which we                                         focusing on training professorial faculty to design and implement English Medium Instruction at Brazil’s Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio
                                          While there has been much to celebrate this fall, it remains a       will hold a groundbreaking in the spring.                                                                 de Janeiro state. Manuel S. González Canché (2) was selected to offer a course in qualitative data analysis and dynamic visualizations as part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series. He has also been named to the editorial board
                                       very challenging time in our world. A stirring lecture in Septem-           Of course, our community extends far beyond our campus to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Sociology of Education. Caroline B. Ebby (3) and a team have been awarded a grant of $199,947 from the Heising-Simons Foundation to study
                                       ber by best-selling author Dr. Jill Lepore, who gave the Steven S.      you, our alumni and friends. Through your commitment to educa-                                            impacts of professional development and support for the Ongoing Assessment Project, a formative assessment system for mathematics. Vivian L.
                                       Goldberg and Jolley Bruce Christman Lecture in Education Law,           tion and your support of the School, you make our mission a reality                                       Gadsden (4) delivered a Distinguished Lecture about the educational and social imperative for responsibility and partnerships for the 2021
                                       addressed deep divisions and a constitutional crisis in our nation.     no matter the challenges and opportunities of the landscape. As                                           Annual Meeting of AERA. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (5) was awarded support from the Penn Global Engagement Fund to develop “The 9/11
                                       As you will read in our cover story on page 6, Penn GSE faculty         always, thank you for being a part of Penn GSE.                                                           20/20 Project: Twenty Lessons for Twenty Years Post-9/11,” a multimodal curriculum. (See the cover story on page 6 to learn more about this project.)
                                       and students have been doing incredible work to address our na-                                                                                                                   Charlotte Jacobs (6) was awarded a Diversity Traction Grant from Cleveland State University for work promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
                                       tion’s civic challenges by reimagining how to engage young people                                                                                                                 She also received a Division G Mini-Research Grant from AERA for a project about understanding the experiences of BIPOC youth in girls’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         schools. Howard Stevenson (7) was invited to appear as a racial literacy professional development speaker for the Philadelphia Eagles in August
                                       in the ideals of a democratic society.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2021 on the topic of how to manage a racially stressful conversation.
                                          This fall has also been a time of loss at Penn GSE. In August,       Pam Grossman
                                       exemplary staff member Betty Deane passed away after a truly            Dean, Penn Graduate School of Education
                                       remarkable tenure of nearly fifty-five years at the School. I hope      George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education
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                                                                                                               Editor’s note: This issue of The Penn GSE Magazine went to print
                                                                                                               on October 28, 2021.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Faculty headshots on pages 3–5 courtesy of Goldenberg Photography, Lora Reehling, Ginger Fox, and Candace diCarlo

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                                                                                                      Penn GSE Raises $98.3M in                                                                        school students in Maryland, and many other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3                          4                         5                         6
                                                                                                                                                                                                       accolades. Her research interests include a
                                                                                                      Extraordinary Impact Campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                       practitioner-centered approach to solving prob-
                                                                                                      Penn GSE had raised $98.3 million, surpassing

                                                                                                                                                                                                       lems of practice and addressing critical issues
                                                                                                      the $75 million goal of the Extraordinary Impact
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in education.
                                                                                                      Campaign by more than 30 percent, when the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Michelle Neuman (7) is a lecturer in                                                                                                                                                                               9
                                                                                                      campaign concluded on June 30, 2021, as part

                                                                                                                                                                                                       educational practice in the Literacy, Culture,
                                                                                                      of the University-wide Power of Penn Campaign.
                                                                                                      A multi-year campaign and the largest fundrais-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and International Education division. Her research
                                                                                                                                                                                                       takes a comparative and multi-disciplinary ap-
                                                                                                      ing effort in the School’s history, Extraordinary
                                                                                                      Impact has dramatically increased support for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       proach to study policies and programs for young                                                                                                                                        Commencement
                                                                                                                                                                                                       children around the world.                                                                                                                                                             Penn GSE celebrated the Class of 2021 in
                                                                                                      priorities across Penn GSE, including facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                          In addition, Dr. Rachel Baker, currently                                                                                                                                            a virtual Commencement ceremony led by
                                                                                                      and technology, scholarship and fellowship,                                                                                                                                      8                                                                                                 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                       assistant professor of education policy at the                                                                                                                                         Dean Pam Grossman (9) on May 15, 2021.
                                                                                                      programs and research, faculty, and the Penn
                                                                                                                                                                                                       University of California, Irvine School of Educa-                                                                                                                                      Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn
                                                                                                      GSE Annual Fund. See page 16 to learn more
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tion, will join Penn GSE in January of 2022.                                                                                                                                           College in Dallas, Texas, and a member of
                                                                                                      about the campaign’s accomplishments.
 Photo by Eric Sucar, University Communications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Penn GSE’s Board of Advisors, delivered the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              keynote address. The 2021 recipients (below)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of annual awards from GSE and Penn were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              announced this spring:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The 2021 Penn GSE Annual Awards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Jane Lindahl
                                                                                                                                                          Courtesy of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Honoring students, staff, and faculty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for their dedication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The William E. Arnold Award for Outstanding
                                                                                                1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Contributions by a Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haisheng Yang, GED’14, GRW’20, GR’21
                                                  Penn GSE Supports Philadelphia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Penn GSE Student Award for Excellence in
                                                  School Reopenings                                   Penn GSE Welcomes New Faculty                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Promoting Diversity & Inclusion
                                                  This summer, Penn GSE contributed to a col-         Penn GSE welcomed the following new faculty                                                                                                                                    Dr. Lynn Fuchs and Dr. Doug Fuchs (2021              Best-selling Author Jill Lepore                     Rosybell Maria, GED’21, LPS’21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     McGraw Prize in PreK–12 Education); and                                                                  Leland McGee, GED’18, doctoral student
                                                  laboration serving five schools in The School       in 2021:                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Discusses Teaching the U.S.                         Jennifer Phuong, C’09, GR’21
                                                  District of Philadelphia as they prepared to                                                                                                         2                                                                             transformative scholar and leader Dr. Carol D.
                                                                                                          Dr. Matthew Duvall (3) is a lecturer in the                                                                                                                                                                                     Constitution
                                                  resume in-person schooling. Penn GSE’s              Teaching, Learning, and Leadership division.                                                                                                                                   Lee (2021 McGraw Prize in Learning Science                                                               Laurie Wagman Award for Visual and
                                                  Office of School and Community Engage-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Classroom Renovations Support                                                 Research). Since 1988, the McGraw Prize has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The guest speaker for the Steven S. Goldberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Performing Arts in Education
                                                                                                      Dr. Duvall researches technology-enhanced                                                                                                                                                                                           and Jolley Bruce Christman Lecture in Educa-
                                                  ment (OSCE), led by Dr. Caroline L. Watts,          learning, game-based learning, computational                                                     Active Learning                                                               celebrated innovation in education by recogniz-                                                          Jasmine Blanks Jones, GR’21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tion Law, best-selling author Dr. Jill Lepore,
                                                  OSCE director and senior lecturer, oversaw the      thinking, teacher professional development,                                                      Penn GSE recently completed a joint project to                                ing outstanding individuals who have dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          argued that modern interpretation of the U.S.       The Jolley Bruce Christman and Steven S.
                                                  School’s efforts, which added academic and          and corporate training.                                                                          renovate two classrooms into flexible, interactive                            themselves to improving education and whose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Constitution should include opinions of people      Goldberg Annual Award for Best Dissertation
                                                  mental health support to the annual summer              Walter G. Ecton (4) is visiting assistant                                                    learning spaces in collaboration with the Office                              accomplishments are making a significant impact.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          who were living but disenfranchised when the        in Urban Education
                                                  program of Penn’s Netter Center for Commu-          professor in the Education Policy division. His                                                  of the Provost, the Division of the Vice Provost                              Learn more at                                                                       Nora Miriam Nass Gross, GR’20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          document was created, such as women, African
                                                  nity Partnerships. The program responded to         research focuses on the pathways students take                                                   for University Life, the Office of the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Americans, and immigrants.
                                                  needs identified by principals, reaching more       as they navigate high school, higher education,                                                  Registrar, and Penn Information Systems and                                   Milken-Penn GSE Education                               Lepore (8, center), a Harvard University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Staff Recognition of Service Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Computing. The tiered-floor classrooms were                                                                                                                                            Janeen Chavis, Student Records
                                                  than two hundred students entering grades 1         and the workforce.                                                                                                                                                             Business Plan Competition                            history professor and staff writer at The New       Joyce Cook, Business Office
                                                  through 8 at schools in West and Southwest                                                                                                           converted by Atkin Olshin Schade Architects into
                                                                                                          Dr. Roberto Gonzales (5) is the first Penn
                                                                                                                                                                                                       a SAIL (Structured, Active, In-class Learning)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Announces Winners                                    Yorker, spoke to an audience both live and live-    Jessica Lundeen, Higher Education
                                                  Philadelphia (1). Penn GSE helped prepare           Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor to hold                                                                                                                                   The 12th anniversary Milken-Penn GSE Educa-          streamed on September 23, 2021, for her talk,       Taryn Ortlip, Teaching, Learning,
                                                  students and teachers by providing professional     an appointment at Penn GSE. Gonzales’s award-                                                    design meant to support structured, in-class ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion Business Plan Competition (EBPC) held its       “Amend: Teaching the U.S. Constitution in an          and Leadership
                                                  development, coaching, and curricula in math,       winning scholarship assesses how immigration                                                     tivities in which students engage in real practices                                                                                                                                    Frank Wenger, School and Mental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     virtual finals on October 5, 2021. For the first     Era of Constitutional Crisis.” The event included
                                                  literacy, counseling, and project-based learning.   policy shapes the ways that immigrant youth                                                      of their disciplines. The renovated classrooms (2)                                                                                                                                       Health Counseling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     time, the judging criteria included a venture’s      a Q&A with Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman
                                                  This work was led by Penn GSE’s Dr. Diane           adapt, come of age, and experience life in their                                                 are rooms B25 and B26 in Stiteler Hall, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ability to support underserved communities           and Carey Law School Dean Theodore Ruger.           Faculty Recognition of Service Award
                                                  Waff, professor of practice and director of the     receiving countries. As Richard Perry Univer-                                                    will connect to Penn GSE’s main building at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and potential to increase equitable outcomes.           “I do really believe that we are at an urgent    Yumi Matsumoto, Educational Linguistics
                                                  Philadelphia Writing Project; Dr. Zachary Her-      sity Professor, he holds joint appointments in                                                   3700 Walnut Street through the School’s building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Readlee captured the Michael & Lori Milken           moment in thinking about education and, in par-     Rand Quinn, Teaching, Learning, and
                                                  rmann, executive director of the Center for Pro-    the Literacy, Culture, and International Educa-                                                  expansion project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Family Foundation’s Grand Prize of $40,000;          ticular, the intersections between education and     Leadership
                                                  fessional Learning; and Dr. Marsha Richardson,      tion division of GSE and in the Department of                                                                                                                                  HomeWorks Trenton won the $25,000 Ameri-             the law,” said Lepore, who received an honorary     Sharon M. Ravitch, Teaching, Learning,
                                                  senior lecturer, in partnership with the Netter     Sociology of the School of Arts & Sciences.                                                      Penn GSE and McGraw Family                                                    can Public University System Prize; Weird            degree from Penn in 2020. “I think the nation        and Leadership
                                                  Center’s Regina Bynum, director of teaching         See page 18 for a feature article about Gonzales.                                                Foundation Award 2021 Prizes                                                  Enough Productions earned the $10,000 Sage           as a whole right now really is suffering from an    Amy Stornaiuolo, Literacy, Culture,
                                                  and learning for University-assisted community          Dr. Andrea M. Kane (6) is professor                                                          The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation                                   Scholars Prize; and 9ijakids Educational Games       impoverished political imagination and from the      and International Education
                                                  school programs. Funding from Penn Projects         of practice in the Teaching, Learning, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Krystal Strong, Literacy, Culture, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Penn GSE announced the 2021 winners of                                    collected the $5,000 Osage Venture Partners          underdevelopment of our Constitution.”
                                                  for Progress and the William Penn Foundation        Leadership division. Formerly superintendent                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             International Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in                                Audience Choice Prize. All nine finalists received      Lepore’s new long-term research project is
                                                  allowed Penn GSE to provide transportation          of schools for Queen Anne’s County Public                                                        Education and honored them in a virtual cel-                                  $1,000 in cash and $5,000 in Amazon Web Ser-         focused on collecting and building an online        The 2021 Penn Prize for Excellence
                                                  and classroom supplies. The program will            Schools in Maryland, Kane earned the Gov-                                                        ebration on November 10. The winners are revo-                                vices Promotional credits. Considered the most       archive of the texts of thousands of proposed       in Teaching by Graduate Students
                                                  continue to offer professional learning supports    ernor’s Citation for instructional leadership,                                                   lutionary education entrepreneur and researcher                               prestigious and well-funded competition of its       constitutional amendments from 1787 to the          Recognizing the profound impact of graduate
                                                  throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.             recognition for the first fully virtual learning                                                 Dr. Richard Baraniuk (2021 McGraw Prize in                                    kind, the EBPC attracts innovative education         present, especially those advocated by people       students on education at Penn
                                                                                                      program for public elementary and middle                                                         Higher Education); special education trailblazers                             ventures from around the world.                      who were excluded from the official discourse.      Tsai-Hsuan (Angel) Chung, GED’21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Janay Mae Garrett, doctoral student

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Penn GSE faculty including Assistant
[ FE ATURES ]                             Professor Krystal Strong (top row,
                                          right), Associate Professor Abby Reis-
                                          man (middle row, left), and Professor
                                          Sigal Ben-Porath (bottom row, left) are
                                          advancing education for citizenship
                                          and democracy in a variety of ways.
                                          Photos by (clockwise from top right) Penn
                                          GSE, Tokarchuk, Maskot/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        W    hat do young people need to learn
                                          Maskot/Getty Images, Ginger Fox, Lora Reeh-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to become informed, active citizens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        who can engage productively with those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whose views differ from their own? What
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        approaches can foster this learning?

                                                                                                                                                               EDUCATION and

                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by TarnPisessith/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Penn GSE Faculty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Students Work to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Advance Civic Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        by Juliana Rosati

                                                                                        Along with related subjects such as history and social studies,        Examining Freedom, Voice, and Dialogue

                                                                                        civics has generally been deemphasized in U.S. schools in                   ducation for citizenship in a democracy must involve opportu-
                                                                                        recent decades as standards and testing have focused on math,               nities for students to develop their voices while engaging with
                                                                                        writing, and reading. Now, as an era of political polarization,
                                                                                                                                                               perspectives different from their own, according to Professors Sigal
                                                                                        a historic civil rights movement, and the wake of the January 6
                                                                                                                                                               Ben-Porath and Jonathan Zimmerman, both of Penn GSE’s Literacy,
                                                                                        insurrection fuel urgent questions about the state of American
                                                                                        democracy, increased attention has come to the role of educa-
                                                                                                                                                               Culture, and International Education division. Each has produced
                                                                                        tion in imparting the ideals of civic life. Recently, teaching in      decades of scholarship relevant to the current moment. Dr. Ben-
                                                                                        an era of constitutional crisis was the topic of the Steven S.         Porath examines the subject from a philosophical perspective, while
                                                                                        Goldberg and Jolley Bruce Christman Lecture in Education Law,          Dr. Zimmerman considers it from a historical one.
                                                                                        given at Penn by best-selling author Dr. Jill Lepore (see page 5           “As a democratic citizen, you ought to be able to develop, change,
                                                                                        to learn more).                                                        and express your opinions,” says Ben-Porath, whose work focuses
                                                                                            Penn GSE faculty, students, and alumni have long been ex-          on how educational institutions can sustain and advance democ-
                                                                                        ploring and strengthening the ways that education can prepare          racy. In Free Speech on Campus, published in 2017 by University of
                                                                                        students to understand and exercise their rights and responsi-         Pennsylvania Press, she responds to controversies in which inclu-
                                                                                        bilities as citizens of a nation governed by the people. The Spring
                                                                                                                                                               sion and freedom of speech are characterized as opposing values.
                                                                                        2021 issue of The Penn GSE Magazine offered a glimpse of how
                                                                                                                                                               For instance, arguments have been made about whether colleges
                                                                                        Penn GSE alumni are educating and nurturing the next genera-
                                                                                        tion of citizens through their teaching and leadership. Here, we
                                                                                                                                                               should promote free speech by hosting a speaker with views that are
                                                                                        focus on the contributions of Penn GSE faculty and students in         offensive to some constituencies, or promote inclusion by banning
                                                                                        the areas of civic dialogue, classroom practices and curricula,        the speaker. Ben-Porath sees this approach as a false dichotomy that
                                                                                        and learning beyond the classroom.                                     distracts from a larger picture.
                                                                                            “I am proud of the ways in which our faculty and students are          “I see freedom of speech and inclusion as not actually juxtaposed,
                                                                                        creating opportunities to learn about democracy and engage in          but as mutually reinforcing,” she says. Ben-Porath proposes that in-
                                                                                        deliberation,” says Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman. “This work is          stitutions should focus on creating “inclusive freedom”—conditions
                                                                                        essential to our future, as our country grapples with deep divisions   in which freedom of speech and inclusion go hand in hand. “What
                                                                                        during a time of constitutional crisis.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The continuity of our nation
   is key is not just the formal regulation of speech that preserves the            schooling our young and for making citizens.”                            events, Reisman, Jay, and Lisettte Enumah, GR’19, developed a
   possibility for people to speak,” she says. “What matters in K–12                   Ben-Porath sees in the current landscape an opportunity to re-        framework to help teachers navigate such moments, published in
   and higher education is that people, in fact, are speaking and lis-              build trust. “The environment is a challenging context for education     Theory & Research in Social Education (Volume 48, 2020).                       depends upon each generation’s
   tening to each other.”                                                           for citizenship, but also a very clarifying one in terms of the need        The stakes of discussing race and other charged topics in the
       How to create such conditions is a complex question. Zimmer-                 to engage in conversations across ideological and other differences,     classroom have dramatically increased in recent times, with laws in            capacity to further the ideals
   man, whose work examines how educational practices and policies                  so that people learn again to trust each other,” she says.               many states banning teachers from taking on material including the             of a democratic society,” says
   have developed over time, is troubled by evidence that many indi-                                                                                         1619 Project and critical race theory. The trend threatens teachers’
   viduals may be choosing not to express their views. He points to                 Fostering Discussion and Exchange                                        ability to prepare students effectively for civic life, according to           Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman.
   survey results such as those of the Foundation for Individual Rights             in the Classroom                                                         Zimmerman. In The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues           “At Penn GSE, we are strength-
   in Education.
       “Across political parties, both students and faculty are reporting           B     en-Porath says class discussions—whether in civics, history,
                                                                                          social studies, or another subject altogether—are vital to help-
                                                                                                                                                             in American Schools (The University of Chicago Press, 2017), he and
                                                                                                                                                             coauthor Emily Robertson advocate for teachers to tackle hot-button            ening the future of our nation
   that they’re not raising their voices,” says Zimmerman, who is the               ing students practice and develop their voices as citizens, both in      issues so that students can learn to discuss them respectfully. “In            through our efforts to prepare
   Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Education. “I think the                   K–12 and higher education. “It’s important to preserve some class        case you haven’t gotten the memo, Americans disagree about Amer-
   biggest inhibitor now on all kinds of education is self-censorship.”             time for discussion and collaboration, for students to try out ideas     ica. The problem is we still don’t have a consensus about addressing           young people to engage in
   Zimmerman calls for educational institutions to model exchange                   and make the best argument that they can for different positions,”       those disagreements in our schools,” says Zimmerman.                           democratic deliberation and
   across difference. For example, an initiative he and Penn GSE’s Dr.              she says. Penn GSE faculty and students are advancing discussion            The 2020 election and a course taught by Zimmerman prompted
   Harris Sokoloff created after the 2016 election brought together                 in the classroom through innovative approaches and curricula.            Elizabeth Reynolds, GED’21, to research how teachers discuss                   civic participation.”
   students from Penn and Cairn University, a Christian institution                     Discussion is a prominent part of the award-winning “Reading         politics in the classroom for a project she undertook as a student in
   near Philadelphia, for conversations that began with the prompt,                 Like a Historian” curriculum, which Penn GSE Associate Professor         Penn GSE’s Teaching, Learning, and Leadership program. “Often
   “Tell me who you voted for and why.”                                             Abby Reisman helped develop to foster critical thinking in history       teachers simply don’t talk about controversial issues—for lots of
       College, however, is too late to begin fostering respectful dia-             and social studies classes. Through “document-based” inquiries,          reasons, including not having the support or pedagogical tools to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Engaging beyond the Classroom

   logue, according to Zimmerman; students may already have spent                   students read multiple perspectives on a single event, use them to       do so,” she says. Now enrolled in a doctoral program at the Univer-
   years “watching people screaming at each other on cable TV and                   investigate a central question posed by the teacher, and share their     sity of Maryland, Reynolds is working to develop such tools. At the             owerful experience in citizenship and democracy can happen
   thinking that’s what politics is.” He envisions exchange beginning               reasoning with the class.                                                same time, she says, teacher preparation is only part of the solution.          when students engage and raise their voices outside the class-
   at the earliest grades, with predominantly “blue” communities                        “In a traditional classroom, historical knowledge exists in fixed    “There also needs to be a commitment on the part of communities            room through community involvement and extracurricular activi-
   hosting classroom speakers with “red” views, and vice versa. “If                 narratives held by the teacher and the textbook. In an inquiry           to the messiness that is teaching for democracy and deliberation,”         ties. Ben-Porath sees this as an area of recent growth in K–12 and
   there is going to be an answer to polarization, it has to start in our           classroom, students construct the knowledge,” says Dr. Reisman.          she says.                                                                  higher education. “Education for citizenship is becoming more
   public schools,” he says. “That’s our major public institution for               For example, a lesson on the Battle of Little Bighorn asks students         Support for teachers to address a host of sensitive issues and          robust outside of the classroom in pedagogical practices and in the
                                                                                    to analyze accounts that depict the 1876 event differently. The goal     often-marginalized perspectives is the core of “Teaching beyond            steps that young people are taking,” she says. Penn GSE faculty and
    Penn GSE’s Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor
    in Education, calls for educational institutions to model respectful dialogue   is for students to be able to answer not only “What happened?” but       September 11,” a new curriculum about the years from 2001 to               students are advancing this kind of learning through innovative
    across political differences. Photo by Ryan Collerd
                                                                                                       also “How do you know?” and “Why do you believe       2021, developed by Penn GSE Senior Lecturer Ameena Ghaffar-                opportunities.
                                                                                                       your interpretation is valid?”                        Kucher with support from the Penn Global Engagement Fund, Penn                Learning by effecting change is the topic of research by doctoral
                                                                                                          Because the skills of facilitating such discus-    GSE, the Penn Libraries, Penn’s Middle East Center, and Penn’s             student Abigail Dym. “When people are actively working on a prob-
                                                                                                       sions are complex, and professional development       South Asia Center. From the human costs of the Iraq and Afghan             lem that they think matters in their environment or to their com-
                                                                                                       specifically for social studies teachers is rare,     wars, to the impact of security measures on civil liberties, to the rise   munity, they are able to make change in the world and often learn
                                                                                                       Reisman’s current research focuses on how to          of anti-Muslim sentiment in both media and policies, the topics of         deeply about themselves and their community in the process,” says
                                                                                                       help social studies teachers learn to lead produc-    the twenty modules, available at              Dym, who is pursuing a joint degree in education and political
                                                                                                       tive discussions. “Often, teachers have to rethink    research/september-11-curriculum, are complex and challenging.             science at Penn GSE and Penn Arts and Sciences, with Ben-Porath
                                                                                                       their role—to make teaching a space of listening      “September 11 was an awful day. But what is never talked about in          as her advisor.
                                                                                                       and connecting rather than of monologue,” says        schools is the aftermath,” says Dr. Ghaffar-Kucher, whose work is             Dym’s research is exploring how student-driven learning with a
                                                                                                       Lightning Jay, a doctoral candidate in Penn GSE’s     also exploring civic engagement among American youth from Mus-             local emphasis could increase students’ political knowledge and
                                                                                                       Teaching, Learning, and Leadership program, who       lim immigrant communities in the years since September 11, 2001.           motivation to be civically engaged. In focus groups that she led,
                                                                                                       has contributed to Reisman’s research.                   As an Afghan-American and a former New York City public                 Philadelphia high school students voiced an interest in learning
                                                                                                          Reisman and colleagues are studying the learn-     school teacher, Madina Wahab, GED’20, appreciates both the cur-            about local elections, saying that these may have a bigger impact
                                                                                                       ing of novice social studies teachers in Philadel-    riculum’s content and the fact that its authors are members of Mus-        on their daily lives than presidential races, but are rarely discussed
                                                                                                       phia schools with a $2.46 million grant from the      lim communities and people of color. “I think it’s really important        in school. “My hope is to co-create knowledge about politics with
                                                                                                       James S. McDonnell Foundation. Reisman is also        to be teaching about the aftermath of September 11 in a way that           young people in ways that are locally and personally relevant,”
                                                                                                       working with a school district in Virginia with       is nuanced, in a way that is complex, and in a way that highlights         she says.
                                                                                                       support from the Spencer Foundation to create a       voices of Muslims,” says Wahab, who contributed to the curriculum.            Dym recently applied this approach to support a Penn undergrad-
                                                                                                       coaching program in document-based history in-        A graduate of Penn GSE’s International Educational Development             uate course in election politics and law taught by Associate Professor
                                                                                                       struction, a project with the potential to produce    Program, she is now a curriculum development associate at Girl Up,         Marc Meredith. As a 2020–2022 Provost’s Graduate Academic En-
                                                                                                       a scalable model of professional development.         a United Nations Foundation program.                                       gagement Fellow for Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partner-
                                                                                                       Aware that historical material pertaining to race                                                                                ships, Dym adapted the course into the Netter Center’s Academically
                                                                                                       can easily bring up students’ responses to current                                                                               Based Community Service (ABCS) format, which engages students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in real-world problem solving on campus and in the local community.

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                                                       Development Program, creates curricula that support teachers in addressing sensitive issues and often-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  BETTY                                                                                       DEANE

                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Jacey Hallock
                                                                                                                                                                                         T    he Penn GSE community
                                                                                                                                                                                              mourns the loss of longtime staff
                                                                                                                                                                                         member Betty Deane, who passed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       appointments, reappointments, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       promotions. She was well known to Penn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GSE students through not only her support
                                                                                                                                                                                         away on August 2, 2021.                                                                     of the School’s teacher education programs,
                                                                                                                                                                                            “Betty was an exemplary professional                                                    but also her oversight of the editorial review
                                                                                                                                                                                         for nearly fifty-five years at Penn GSE,” says                                           and submission of dissertations. “Many doctoral
                                                                                                                                                                                         Dean Pam Grossman. “Many in our communi-                                              students saw her as the final stop in a long disserta-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ty have had rich and meaningful relationships with                                tion marathon and were joyous at receiving a green-light
                                                                                                                                                                                         Betty. She was a dedicated employee, a tireless worker,                    email from her indicating that their dissertation met all
                                                                                                                                                                                         and a great colleague.”                                              requirements for final submission,” says Dean Grossman.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Deane joined Penn GSE in 1966, moving into the building              Members of the Penn GSE community gathered on August 26
                                                                                                                                                                                         at 3700 Walnut Street shortly after its construction. During her     in the courtyard of 3700 Walnut Street and shared heartfelt recol-
                                                                                                                                                                                         extraordinary tenure of more than five decades, she held multiple    lections of Deane with members of her family. “I am grateful that
                                                                                                                                                                                         positions across the School and was known for her “meticulous,       we can be here together—in community—at the place that Betty
                                                                                                                                                                                         exacting, and absolutely fair-minded” approach to her work, in       worked for so long, to remember her and share our memories,”
                                                                                                                                                                                         the words of Professor Emeritus of Education Nancy Hornberger.       said Dean Grossman at the gathering. Surviving Deane is her loving
                                                                                                                                                                                         In addition to working with faculty members Jim Larkin and Harris    family, including her husband, Raymond D. Deane; step-son,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sokoloff in support of teacher certification, Deane worked           Robert T. (Margaret) Deane; granddaughter, Sophia Deane; sister,
                                                                                                                                                                                         alongside faculty in various academic divisions, and in service to   Pamela Camarda; and nephews and nieces Robert Stiles, Chris-
    Students identified an issue to address—how to simplify the pro-           about the many forms that activism can take,” says Ataman, who is
                                                                                                                                                                                         students across programs.                                            topher Camarda, Leslie Valenteen, Denise Stiles-Kaufman, and
    cess of voting for undergraduates on campus—and partnered with             contributing to Strong’s research on student movements in Africa.
                                                                                                                                                                                            “Betty Deane was the first person I met in 1972 when I came       Michael Stiles.
    the student organization Penn Leads the Vote as well as the Office            Extracurricular activities can also offer valuable opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                         to begin my work at Penn GSE,” recalls Professor Emerita Susan
    of the Philadelphia City Commissioners to conduct research.                for civic learning outside of the classroom. To bring a mission of
                                                                                                                                                                                         Lytle, GR’82. “She was so important to everyone in the teacher
        Graduate-level opportunities to collaborate with community             building “the virtues central to democratic citizenship” to students
                                                                                                                                                                                         education program and such a knowledgeable, competent, and
    organizations are the basis of another ABCS course, “Activism              in Philadelphia schools, Dustin Webster, a doctoral student in
                                                                                                                                                                                         always helpful person who, over time, became indispensable to
    beyond the Classroom,” developed by Penn GSE Assistant Professor           Penn GSE’s Education, Culture, and Society program, initiated a
                                                                                                                                                                                         many functions of the School. The work of Penn GSE is complex
    Krystal Strong. “I wanted to create a classroom that could be a            Philadelphia regional competition of the National High School
                                                                                                                                                                                         and, by necessity, collaborative, and Betty was an impressive and
    bridge between the campus and local communities and move-                  Ethics Bowl. Teams are rewarded not for arguing a single position,
                                                                                                                                                                                         generous contributor.”
    ments,” says Dr. Strong. In a recent iteration of the course, students     but for presenting multiple positions in response to an ethical
                                                                                                                                                                                            In 1997, Deane received Penn GSE’s Outstanding Service
    engaged with local teacher organizing, as well as efforts by commu-        question and collaborating with their competitors. Local students
                                                                                                                                                                                         Award. At the time, the School’s publication, GSE News, described
    nities and youth of color to reclaim and memorialize particular            take part annually in the Philadelphia competition, based at Penn,
                                                                                                                                                                                         her as “the mainstay of the Teacher Education Program for over
    city sites. “The class tends to attract people who want to make            and the winning team goes on to compete nationally. “Students are
                                                                                                                                                                                         thirty years” and stated, “Betty is considered one of the most
    change in the world as educators or simply as human beings,” says          working together to learn and understand. That requires and de-
                                                                                                                                                                                         professional and community-minded individuals at GSE; she is
    Strong. “This class is not giving them a blueprint, but it is really       velops traits that are very important for civic life in general—intel-
                                                                                                                                                                                         committed to education, to students, and to the faculty and staff
    seriously thinking about the praxis of effecting change.”                  lectual humility, open-mindedness, civic trust,” says Webster, who
                                                                                                                                                                                         with whom she works.”
        Much of the course content is student-driven, and multimedia           has studied with both Ben-Porath and Zimmerman.
                                                                                                                                                                                            For the past fifteen years, Deane served as the faculty affairs
    resources created by students have brought visitors from around the           For Penn GSE, perhaps the greatest source of hope for democ-
                                                                                                                                                                                         coordinator, offering invaluable support with numerous faculty
    world to the course website,           racy and civic life is the School’s students, who are becoming the
    “Producing podcasts, writing editorials, and contributing to the           transformative educators, scholars, and leaders that the nation and
    social media account for the class—all of those things really put          world need.
    into practice the idea of building a bridge between academia and              “The continuity of our nation depends upon each generation’s                                           Decades of Outstanding Service
    communities,” says Rehana Odendaal, a doctoral student in Penn             capacity to further the ideals of a democratic society,” says Dean                                        Betty Deane’s tremendous commitment to Penn GSE is reflected
    GSE’s Education, Culture, and Society program who is                       Pam Grossman. “At Penn GSE, we are strengthening the future of                                            in the Spring 1987 issue of the GSE Newsletter, a publication that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Professor Emeritus of Education Nancy Hornberger had been working at
    assisting with Strong’s research on youth leadership in Africa. Jimil      our nation through our efforts to prepare young people to engage                                          preceded The Penn GSE Magazine. The article shown here (above,       Penn GSE for a year at the time of Deane’s twentieth anniversary, marked
    Ataman, GED’18, another doctoral student in the program who                in democratic deliberation and civic participation.” ■                                                    right) commemorates Deane’s twentieth anniversary at the School,     in this 1987 article. “I already knew her as a much-appreciated, loyal, and
    took the course, drew inspiration from it for her dissertation about                                                                                                                 noting that Deane planned to spend another twenty years at Penn      knowledgeable member of the Penn GSE community,” says Dr. Hornberger,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              who would remain a faculty member for the next thirty-four years. “Over
    learning among U.S. consumer activists. “I really appreciated learning                                                                                                               GSE. It is Penn GSE’s good fortune that she surpassed this goal by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the years, I was able to observe and experience Betty’s unfailingly expert
                                                                                                                                                                                         more than fourteen years.                                            efficiency and equitable execution in all she did.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Article courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Archives

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                                                                                                                                                                                           As calls for social justice resound across the nation, Vereen’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        response is to reach higher, by expanding the number of students
                                                                                                                                                                                        Steppingstone serves and boosting internship and scholarship
                                                                  Creating Paths to College                                                                                             opportunities. He also places trust in the importance of persis-
                                                                                                                                                                                        tence. “Everything in education takes a long time,” says Vereen.
                                                                  and Career Success                                                                                                    “Making change is about focusing and being nimble enough to
                                                                                                                                                                                        respond to what’s happening in the world by bringing our ideas
                                                                  I  n the nearly ten years that Sean E. Vereen, GED’00,
                                                                     GRD’05, has led Philadelphia-based Steppingstone Scholars
                                                                  as president, the organization has expanded its mission from
                                                                                                                                                                                        into different spaces.”

                                                                  providing academic enrichment and school placement to creating
                                                                  multiple routes to success in college and the workforce. The                                                     “There is a financial cost to not serv-
                                                                  aim of the educational social mobility organization remains the
                                                                  same—to overcome systemic barriers and change outcomes for                                                        ing the kids in this city. We’re not just
                                                                  low-income and racially minoritized Philadelphia students.                                                        doing this because it’s morally right—
                                                                      “If we’re going to move people out of poverty in the city,
                                                                  we’ve got to tie the education piece and the career piece to-                                                     which it is—but also because it’s going
                                                                  gether,” says Dr. Vereen, who previously spent a decade at Penn
                                                                  in diversity and minority affairs roles, including associate dean
                                                                                                                                                                                    to make a better city and better oppor-

                                                                                                                                          Illustration by
     Diversity,                                                   for opportunity and access.
                                                                       Over his tenure at Steppingstone, he reports, the nonprofit
                                                                  has grown to serve 2,500 students, up from about two hundred,
                                                                                                                                                                                    tunities for all of us.”

     Equity, and
                                                                  and has quadrupled its budget. In addition, Steppingstone
                                                                  has added two new initiatives for college and workforce
                                                                  preparation: Steppingstone Pathways, which places staff at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sean E. Vereen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GED’00, GRD’05
                                                                  Philadelphia public, charter, and magnet schools; and Step-

     Inclusion                                                    pingstone Ventures, an innovation hub. As part of Ventures,
                                                                  a five-year collaboration called Inveniam launched between
                                                                  Steppingstone and Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied
                                                                  Science this fall. The STEM equity and innovation program
                                                                                                                                                                               Laura Peynado Castro
                                                                                                                                                                               GRD’21                                                                        “I have become more intentional
     Penn GSE Alumni Work                                         will offer Penn-developed online modules to supplement high
                                                                  school classroom instruction for an Advanced Placement com-                                                                                                                                 about my role as a co-creator and
     to Support Students                                          puter science course. Inveniam aims to enroll three thousand
                                                                  Philadelphia students in the course and later to provide similar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              co-facilitator of spaces and oppor-
     and Employees                                                support for advanced math and physics courses.
                                                                      “There is a financial cost to not serving the kids in this city,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tunities that celebrate differences,
     by Lini S. Kadaba                                            Vereen argues. “We’re not just doing this because it’s morally                                                                                                                              embrace our humanity, and disrupt
                                                                  right—which it is—but also because it’s going to make a better                                                                                                                              systems of inequity.”
                                                                  city and better opportunities for all of us.”
     In this time of a national awakening and reckoning about         Central to Vereen’s vision is a commitment to providing
     race, inequality, and long-overdue social justice, efforts   advising and academic preparation to help Black and Brown
     to value diversity, promote equity, and foster inclusive
     environments have gained renewed attention. Here,
                                                                  students access and navigate high-performing high schools and                                                                                                                               Collaborating to Celebrate
                                                                  colleges. Despite institutional commitments to inclusion for
     four Penn GSE alumni share how they are striving to          underrepresented groups, he notes, student access and experi-                                                                                                                               Differences and Disrupt
     advance these areas through their roles at an education
     nonprofit, a middle school, a state university, and a tech
                                                                  ences continue to vary in relation to demographic factors.
                                                                  Vereen’s dissertation in Penn GSE’s Higher Education Ed.D.                                                                                                                                  Systems
     company. These leaders report drawing upon their life
     experiences and insights gained at Penn GSE as they
     undertake the complex work of cultivating opportunity
                                                                  program focused on how leaders of college resource centers
                                                                  for minoritized students navigated racial and class biases on
                                                                  campus. He continues to examine issues of inclusion at Penn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A    s principal since 2008 of University Neighborhood Middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   School (UNMS) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Laura Peynado Castro, GRD’21, has long focused not on stu-
     and support for students and employees.                      GSE, where he teaches the course “Access and Choice in                                                                                                                                      dent deficits, but on student assets—a philosophy at the core of
                                                                  Higher Education.”                                                                                                                                                                          her commitment to educational equity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I’ve always been curious about what spaces we are creating to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              build on the strengths and the knowledge that students bring

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   to our community,” says Dr. Peynado Castro. She is grateful for                                         times—a pandemic, a social justice movement, and a nation               To build trust, Menghini spends time listening to campus             GED’09
   teachers who did the same for her. At age twelve, Peynado Castro                                        divided—have added to the challenges of her role. Events at          constituencies, including affinity groups such as the Carolina
   emigrated with her family from the Dominican Republic to New                                            UNC-Chapel Hill concerning a Confederate statue, campus              Black Caucus. She also has shifted diversity and inclusion from
   York City and attended public schools. “I had teachers who saw                                          reopening plans, and an attempt to hire Pulitzer Prize–winning       her division to the Provost’s Office, where a new chief diversity
   what I brought to the table,” she says.                                                                 journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones have made headlines and               officer was recently hired. “The notion that the diversity office
      Of the nearly two-thirds of UNMS students who are Hispanic                                           prompted many alumni, faculty, staff, and students to raise con-     sat in the same place as compliance didn’t sit well,” she says. “It
   or Latinx, many are Dominican immigrants. “The practices of                                             cerns about the state legislature’s role in university governance.   didn’t say what we wanted it to say.”
   Dominican youth, like those of many other immigrant groups,                                                 “People in positions of leadership sit in a very delicate and       Menghini credits the cohort model of Penn GSE’s Executive
   remain invisible in the field of research,” says Peynado Castro.                                        precarious spot in thinking about how they respond to national       Doctorate in Higher Education Management program with
   Working with UNMS alumni, Peynado Castro aimed to address                                               events in this moment,” she says. While Menghini notes that          giving her a lasting peer network and inspiring her approach to
   this gap with a dissertation about literacy development for Penn                                        taking action is complicated by the fact that UNC is a public        workplace trainings and orientations. “There are benefits to
   GSE’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.                                            university beholden to its state legislature, she reports she is     being treated like a cohort—employees can gain built-in men-
   Her project documented the value of the transnational and bilin-                                        making headway in addressing pressing concerns. “Diversity           torship and a sounding board,” she says.
   gual perspectives that Dominican students bring to the analysis                                         is an enormous part of my job,” she says. “We depend on a               Currently, she is grappling with equity around flexible work
   of a text’s language, biases, and power dynamics.                                                       diverse workforce, and only when we are fully diverse—not            schedules. A pilot is allowing some departments to work remotely.
       Through the project, she says, “I have become more intentional                                      just in numbers, but when everybody has the ability to be            But, she asks, is that equitable—especially when housekeeping or
   about my role as a co-creator and co-facilitator of spaces and                                          fully themselves and fully present—can we benefit wholly             dining room staff, among the lowest-paid employees, must come
   opportunities that celebrate differences, embrace our humanity,                                         and do our best work.”                                               to campus? Will remote workers, often women, miss out on men-
   and disrupt systems of inequity, within and outside our school com-                                                                                                          torship or promotion? For these reasons, Menghini places im-
   munity.” Her efforts include a multitude of avenues for “courageous                                                                                                          portance on assessment structures to gauge the effect on equity.
   conversations” at UNMS about race and social justice: community                                        “People in positions of leadership sit in                             Ultimately, she says, “I see my role as one of advocacy, looking at
   forums; reflection time and professional development for teachers;                                                                                                           the broad impact.”
   weekly small-group meetings that invite students to inform                                              a very delicate and precarious spot in
   decision making; and a family book club that recently discussed
   Bettina L. Love’s book We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist
                                                                                                           thinking about how they respond to                                   Shaking Up Approaches to
   Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and met virtually with
   the author.
                                                                                                           national events in this moment.”                                     Move the Needle
      Peynado Castro describes her approach to leadership as reflec-
   tive, collaborative, and rooted in her experience at Penn GSE.                                                                                                               O      ver her career, Jessica Guerrero, GED’09, has held mul-
                                                                                                                                                                                       tiple roles at higher education institutions while maintain-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing a single goal—to provide access to people of color. Now             “What could be possible if universities
   She has bolstered the quality of education at UNMS by partnering
                                                                                                          Becci Menghini                                                        global head of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Google’s Cloud
   with local community organizations and institutions like New York
   University for academic and summer enrichment and Hunter                                               GRD’14                                                                Go-to-Market (GTM) division, she works from a New York                   and even K–12 institutions were re-
   College for teacher training. Always, she says, she strives to remain                                                                                                        office to manage a bevy of teams that drive strategy and share
                                                                                                                                                                                best practices with client companies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         designed to be places where everyone
   grounded in the realities of students’ lives. To her, equity means
   making sure students have the conditions and resources to learn;                                                                                                                 “My heart lies in this work,” says Guerrero. Her passion             could thrive?”
   inclusion means offering learning experiences that put students’ per-                                                                                                        springs not only from her lived experiences, but also from her
   spectives at the center while embracing difference and humanity.                                                                                                             first job at Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships,                 “Google is a pioneer that is shaking up the workplace and
      “Penn GSE affirmed some of the beliefs I had about my role as                                                                                                             where she worked for a college access program while pursuing              shaking up diversity,” Guerrero says. One innovation she
   a leader, to lead by example,” she adds. “I have to constantly check                                                                                                         her master’s degree in higher education at Penn GSE.                      rolled out offers micro training modules—30- to 45-minute
   my biases, seek feedback, challenge myself, get to know people,                                                                                                                  “I grew up believing that education was the great equalizer,”         sessions—that use virtual reality in partnership with Praxis
   not make assumptions. It’s not about me, but the work—what we’re                                                                                                             she says. Through her work at the Netter Center, however, she             Labs to explore workplace scenarios pertaining to diversity,
   trying to do together with love.”                                                                                                                                            saw the hurdles marginalized communities faced in gaining                 equity, and inclusion. Already, she says, employee interest
                                                                                                                                                                                access to college—from obtaining college preparation and advising,        is high and behavioral changes have occurred within teams.
                                                                                                                                                                                to meeting financial requirements, to finding a sense of belonging        Guerrero also is changing up the content of training to in-
   Advocating to Strengthen                                                                                                                                                     on campus. In class at Penn GSE, her eyes were further opened to          clude what she calls the how—“how to be allies, how to run

   a Workforce                                                                                                                                                                  inequities even as she learned about alternative models and envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                sioned “what could be possible if universities and even K–12 institu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          inclusive hiring practices, how to think about culture when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          putting a team together.”

   B    ecci Menghini, GRD’14, wrote her doctoral dissertation at
        Penn GSE on crisis management at public universities. Seven
   years later, she says she could “write a few more chapters. I think
                                                                                                                                                                                tions were redesigned to be places where everyone could thrive.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    After working in diversity roles at Princeton University and
                                                                                                                                                                                New York University, she returned to Penn as senior associate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In her role, she focuses on “opening different thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pathways”—for instance, arguing that the company could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          increase the number of women hired as engineers by recruiting
                                                                            Photo by UNC Communications

   I’m living my dissertation day in and day out.”                                                                                                                              director of diversity at the Wharton School. There she served             from a wider range of colleges. It’s a case she makes with
      In January 2020, Dr. Menghini became the vice chancellor for                                                                                                              on the MBA admissions committee, advocating for students she              data, grateful for time spent at Penn GSE learning “to look at
   human resources and equal opportunity and compliance at the                                                                                                                  had recruited. Having joined Google in 2020, she aims to effect           data, make sense of it, and construct strong arguments.”
   25,000-employee University of North Carolina-Chapel after serving in                                                                                                         change for the 14,000 employees of Google Cloud GTM, which                    For Guerrero, that focus on data makes her target clear: she
   an interim capacity. Typically, her office manages human resources                                                                                                           offers an array of computing services in areas such as storage,           strives for documented impact, to produce “actionable items
   policies and handles related complaints. She says the issues of the                                                                                                          data, security, and communication.                                        that can be measured over time that move the needle.” ■

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