Dean Gallagher joins with education leaders to form Deans for Impact

Dean Gallagher

Dean Gallagher

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher is a founding member of the newly announced Deans for Impact, a group of nearly 20 leaders from a variety of traditional and nontraditional teacher preparation programs around the country who are committed to data-driven change and improvement in these programs. Her fellow Deans include Robert Pianta from the University of Virginia, Shane Martin from Loyola Marymount and David Andrews of Johns Hopkins.

According to the Dean, “This is an organization that will embrace and advocate for effective, structural reform in how we educate tomorrow’s teachers.

“We are from a diverse national spectrum of programs that collectively enroll more than 15,000 teacher candidates annually. We represent public research universities, state colleges and private institutions from North Carolina to California. We lead programs that prepare teachers for urban centers of Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, as well as remote areas of Idaho and the Permian Basin of Texas. And, we have leaders from innovative new programs that embrace new technologies and rigorous classroom-based internships.

“We are committed to transforming the expectations of teacher-preparation programs. We will shift the emphasis from inputs to outcomes. We will advocate for measuring our programs’ impact. We will use data, including multiple measures of student learning, to improve our own programs, identify best practices and help programs that seek to improve themselves.”

At USC Rossier, accountability is one of the academic pillars that guides each program. As evidence of this accountability, Dean Gallagher has championed the Rossier Commitment, which is an assurance to graduates to remain connected to them throughout their careers and available for support, consultation and resources at any time during their professional lives.