A New Vision for Schools (and Why Now Is the Time)

A middle school teacher works with students in a classroom, representing A New Vision for Schools

Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action via Alliance for Excellent Education.

USC Rossier’s A New Vision for Schools (and Why Now Is the Time) is a series of stimulating web-hosted conversations focused on addressing inequities in education that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The abrupt switch to remote instruction caused by the pandemic has created potentially irreparable setbacks for the students who can least afford the disruption – low-income students of color, English learners, students with disabilities and others who have been historically underserved. The challenge facing K–12 policymakers and educators is: How can we transform this crisis into an opportunity for positive, lasting change?

A top initiative of USC Rossier Dean Pedro Noguera, A New Vision for Schools features innovators and leaders from education, technology, science and media. Participants engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas, and offer concrete solutions for improving schools and enhancing learning opportunities for students.

A New Vision for Schools Webinar Series:

From Physical Plant to Mental Health: What’s the Best Use for American Rescue Plan Education Funds?

Join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and USC Rossier Dean Pedro A. Noguera for an interactive dialogue with superintendents and education researchers.

How should districts use the funds coming to the states as part of the federal American Rescue Plan? How should they prepare to re-engage students and staff, some of whom may be hesitant about coming back to school? How should they approach testing and learning loss? As students return to campus and the unprecedented opportunity to re-think our priorities arrives, this webinar will discuss whether practicality should be a guide, or innovation–investing in new, more effective, engaging and equitable ways of teaching and learning.

Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction California
Pedro A. Noguera, Dean, USC Rossier School of Education

Howard Adelman, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, School Mental Health Project, UCLA
Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District
Roxane Fuentes, Superintendent, Berryessa Union School District
Sandra Lyon, Superintendent, Palm Springs Unified School District
Julie A. Marsh, Professor of Education Policy and Faculty Director, Policy Analysis for California Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor of Education, USC Rossier School of Education


Advancing Equity and Improving Outcomes for All Children After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified and exacerbated inequities in schools. What will this crisis teach us about how schools should work to advance equity in educational opportunities and outcomes? What are the most effective strategies schools should utilize to improve academic outcomes, especially for underserved students who may have experienced learning loss during the pandemic?

Pedro Noguera, USC Rossier School of Education (Host/Moderator)
Shaun Harper, USC Race and Equity Center
Bruce Fuller, UC Berkeley
Tyrone Howard, UCLA
Ana Ponce, Great Public Schools Now

The School Safety Net in the COVID Age

How might schools be organized to better support students’ mental and emotional well-being? Can access to social workers, counselors and other support services be expanded without significant increases in funding?

Pedro A. Noguera, Dean, USC Rossier School of Education (Host)
Elizabeth Green, CEO, Chalkbeat (Moderator)
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Professor, USC Rossier
José Muñoz, Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Bror Saxberg, Vice President, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


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