Penn Graduate School of Education plans a state-of-the-art home for education on campus
What does learning look like? In recent years, education has expanded beyond the traditional image of an instructor imparting knowledge to an audience of learners. Innovative practices across K–12 and higher education ask students to spend class time brainstorming problems in the world around them, developing possible solutions, conducting research, and learning by creating—through computer programming, 3D printing, crafting and more.
This shift to active and hands-on forms of learning requires state-of-the-art facilities. As an international leader in education research and practice, Penn Graduate School of Education is embarking upon a building expansion that will keep the School at the forefront of a new era in teaching and learning. The project will be guided by the expertise of Penn GSE’s internationally regarded faculty, who develop and promote innovative practices in education locally, nationally and globally.
“Their far-ranging work improves education on the ground across The School District of Philadelphia; creates curricula on emerging topics such as coding, educational entrepreneurship, and dual language learning; shapes the national conversation on policy reform; and advances higher education in Chile, India, and Kazakhstan,” says Dr. Pam Grossman, dean of Penn GSE.
Penn GSE will design ample new learning spaces that are both flexible and technologically advanced to accommodate a range of forward-thinking teaching and learning approaches. By strategically expanding the School’s central building at 3700 Walnut Street, merging it with nearby Stiteler Hall, and adding a two-story building that includes a center for innovation, the project will bring the majority of Penn GSE’s programs and people into one campus location, consolidating them from five current sites on and off campus. The result will be a dynamic setting for Penn GSE’s nearly 1,300 students.
“The building expansion will create an interdisciplinary hub for educators,” says Dean Grossman. “Future educators, leaders, researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, chief learning officers and others will learn side by side in twenty-first-century facilities as they prepare to transform lives through education.”
With your support, Penn GSE will build a state-of-the-art home for education on campus and shape a new era in learning locally, nationally and globally.