University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Global Education Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Monday, June 29, 2020 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.


Participants who successfully complete this Virtual Institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

About the Program

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, home to the world's first advanced degree in Education Entrepreneurship, debuts its acclaimed curriculum through a new Virtual Institute certificate program.

Designed for those looking to address critical problems in education, this program blends expertise, research, and practice from the University of Pennsylvania's Schools of Education, Business, Design, and Engineering. Resources and stories from industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs will also be shared and examined.

This certificate program provides the critical knowledge, skills, and tools needed to develop, accelerate, and scale entrepreneurial practice in education.

What You'll Gain
  • Leverage global networks of industry leaders and investors
  • Explore the landscape of global education, innovation, and investment
  • Ignite your team's imagination, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and create a culture of innovation
  • Define a critical problem, and then develop an impact model to inspire change

Who Should Enroll

Individuals and teams with an idea or potential solution for addressing a critical problem in education. Participants can include:

  • K-12 teachers and leaders
  • Higher education faculty and staff
  • Aspiring education entrepreneurs
  • Corporate and nonprofit leaders (in education)

Key Topics
  • Education innovation landscape
  • Entrepreneurial solutions in education
  • Entrepreneurial mindset for innovation


Dr. Jenny Zapf

Director, Education Entrepreneurship Program

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Senior Fellow

Penn Graduate School of Education

Dr. Barbara 'Bobbi' Kurshan

Senior Fellow

Academic Associates

Innovation Advisor

Penn Graduate School of Education

Dr. Maria Spies

Co-Founder and Managing Director


Serrano Legrand

MAT, Instructor, Researcher & Global Program Coordinator

Penn Graduate School of Education



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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 10:00am–12:00pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 6/1/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.


Penn GSE Certificate of Participation



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.