About Whimsy

WHIMsy (World Heat & Impact Maps) is a choropleth mapping tool that shows concentrations of locations or activites across a region. Whimsy Maps was developed by the GSE IT Team at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE).

Whimsy Maps began with the desire to track Penn GSE's impact in Philadelphia schools. The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia for decades to improve the academic achievement and life outcomes of Philadelphia children and youth. Penn GSE plotted consultation, leadership, professional development, research, service learning, student programs, and training programs implemented by their different groups across the city. The searchable Penn GSE in Philadelphia map offers a snapshot of the many ways that Penn GSE students, alumni, faculty, and staff are answering the call to action and service - in schools in every single Philadelphia catchment.

View the map here.

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) is a world-class education school at what is arguably the nation’s most dynamic and engaged research university. With 35 tenure-line faculty and just under 1,300 students, Penn GSE is a relatively small school with remarkable scholarly productivity and influence. Penn GSE is a leader in education innovation and 21st century learning.

Visit the GSE website.

The GSE IT Team

The GSE IT Team is a collection of individuals with a passion for technology and a commitment to being one step ahead. We are dedicated to providing engaging and inspiring educational experiences for the GSE community, as well as the University at large. Whimsy Maps was designed and developed by Maria Kelly, Jonathan Stewart, Rebecca Leech, and director Michael Herzog.

Visit the GSE IT Team website.