I recently spoke with Brandon, a 2021 IEDP graduate who is now working full-time at UNESCO Bangkok, where he completed a remote internship during spring semester 2021. Brandon was raised in Tennessee, and — prior to IEDP — worked in Bangkok as an English teacher. Brandon has shared his experiences on the blog before — You can read more about his decision to apply to … Continue reading Spotlight On…Brandon’s Internship & Job with UNESCO!
I recently had the chance to connect with Erin, an IEDP alumna who graduated in 2017. Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaiʻi and working as a consultant. Erin graciously agreed to answer questions about both the IEDP experience and her decision to pursue a doctorate. Check out Erin’s video below! Continue reading Spotlight On…Erin’s Doctoral Studies!
Each year, the IEDP program has a team of several Graduate Assistants — GAs — who support various aspects of the program. The GAs work behind the scenes to publish content that highlights the program. And hugely important in shaping the IEDP community are our many events throughout the year (check out the highlights on Instagram)– also organized by the IEDP GAs. Quick links: YouTube … Continue reading Spotlight On…IEDP GAs!
I recently sat down with Anishka and Paula, two first-year IEDP students who are Resident Advisors (RAs). Anishka is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Paula (remember her?!) is from Ibagué, Colombia. Anishka is an RA for Gregory College House, and Paula is an RA for New College House. I don’t serve as an RA myself, but several people in my cohort do. I wanted to … Continue reading Spotlight On…Resident Advisors!
Chiara is a first-year IEDP student from Northern California, United States. She is interested in inclusive education and early childhood development In February 2021, I received an email with this subject heading: “Congratulations on Being Accepted to Penn GSE – International Educational Development Program (IEDP)!” I was sitting in my living room and, if I’m being completely honest, I was checking my email every 10 … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Accepting?
Toto, a first-year IEDP student from Thailand, is interested in curriculum development and implementation. (You can find an introduction directly from Toto here!) 其实很多事情并没有对错，只是为人处世方式不同而已。 Under many circumstances, there is no right or wrong; it’s just that our ways of conducting ourselves are different. The above quote is a lesson I have learned so far in life. I am not Chinese; I am from Bangkok, Thailand, … Continue reading Unshock the Culture Shocks: An International Student’s Journey
Deepali is a first-year IEDP student from Mumbai, India. She is interested in technology in developing contexts. Winter break is almost over. We have covered yet another trip around the sun. Like every year, I take some time during New Year’s Eve to reflect on the year gone by. I do it not just because it is New Year’s Eve, but also because January is … Continue reading The Little (and Big) Things: Reflecting on the Fall Semester
An inside look at preparation for an IEDP milestone: technical proposal presentations! Continue reading Tech Proposal Presentation Prep: An Inside Look
Before I officially enrolled as an IEDP student, I had a lot of questions. Because the IEDP Program Coordinator’s contact information is listed clearly on the IEDP page, I first reached out to the wonderful Lauren Scicluna when I was thinking about applying (….and then again when I started my application….and when I was weighing the admissions offer….and as I waited for the program to … Continue reading Spotlight On….Lauren!: A Q&A with our IEDP Program Coordinator