Akilah Lyons-Moore

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • Teacher Education


EdD, USC Rossier School of Education 

MAT, USC Rossier School of Education 

BA, Public Policy Occidental College

Akilah  Lyons-Moore

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Dr. Akilah Lyons-Moore is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the Master of Arts in Teaching program and USC Rossier School of Education. Prior to her appointment at USC, Dr. Lyons-Moore worked in charter school leadership as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and later Assistant Principal and Principal at a top-performing charter school in the San Fernando Valley. Prior to entering into charter school administration, Dr. Lyons-Moore was a high school History-Social Science teacher in large school district in Southern California where she was also the Chair of the History-Social Science Department. At the District level, Dr. Lyons-Moore worked on a Culturally Relevant Committee that was charged with creating a District-wide initiative to develop culturally relevant curriculum and instruction through teacher professional development. Prior to entering the education field, Dr. Lyons-Moore worked in the non-profit sector as a director of a community organization in Pacoima and grassroots organizer in South Los Angeles.

Dr. Lyons-Moore is especially interested in preparing teachers to create safe learning communities within their classrooms in which teachers plan and facilitate meaningful learning experiences that are academically rigorous for historically marginalized students of color. Through her love of history, politics, and culture, Dr. Lyons-Moore believes that a relevant and rigorous K-12 education for historically marginalized students is a key contributor to creating a more equitable society. As a result, she is passionate about how theories of learning and critical pedagogies equip teachers with the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that foster academic success of historically underserved students.

Originating from Pacoima, CA, Dr. Lyons-Moore received both her EdD and MAT from USC Rossier School of Education, her BA in Public Policy from Occidental College as a James Irvine Scholar, and was educated in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Courses Taught

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • EDUC 670: Introduction to Curriculum & Pedagogy in Urban Secondary Schools
  • EDUC 671:  Contexts for Education Equity, Access, and Agency
  • EDUC 673: Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy for Secondary Social Science Candidates, Part A
  • EDUC 677: Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy for Secondary Social Science Candidates, Part B

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Leading Instructional Change Concentration

  • EDUE 722:  Leading Transformational Learning
  • EDUE 724:  Culturally Responsive Instructional Leadership