Fall / Winter 2020

Why We Can’t Return to Normal

Demonstrators participating in a Black Lives Matter protestThis summer, demonstrators participated in a Black Lives Matter protest and marched to Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters, calling on the school board to reallocate funds spent on campus police to student services. (Photo/Getty Images, Mario Tama)

How the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement will change how we educate

In 2020, the status quo was shaken up, challenged and, quite possibly, forever altered. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for us all. The models our globalized world is built upon—our financial systems, the way we work, the way we travel, and yes, the way we educate all students, from pre-K to higher ed—have been tested and transformed. In the midst of this worldwide health crisis, another long-running crisis—systemic racism and the killing of Black men and women by police—fueled months of protest led by the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. This issue considers both the macro effects of a microscopic virus and how the demand to end structural racism will require us to reshape the field of education to ensure a more just and equitable future.

Below are highlights from our Fall/Winter issue that explore this topic in depth. You can flip through the entire issue at the bottom of this page.

Dean’s Byline

Educators Are Needed Now More Than Ever
Educators Are Needed Now More Than Ever
 
As a global pandemic, recession and racial justice movement sweep the nation, USC Rossier can lead in transforming education
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News

What Are the Lasting Impacts of Remote Learning?
What Are the Lasting Impacts of Remote Learning?
 
Ginger Clark on preparing USC faculty for remote instruction and the silver linings of virtual learning
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Feature

Pedro A, Noguera Is Reimagining Education
Pedro A. Noguera Is Reimagining Education
 
With pragmatism and big ideas, USC Rossier’s new dean urges us not to return to normal
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Opinion

Will Higher Ed's Commitment to Racial Justice Lead to Change?
Will Higher Ed’s Commitment to Racial Justice Lead to Change?
 
John Brooks Slaughter on what universities must do to improve the conditions of Black Americans
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Student Profile

How a Love of Narrative Inspired a Career in College Admissions
How a Love of Narrative Inspired a Career in College Admissions
 
USC Rossier EMP online student Marcel Hite wants to give applicants a chance to share their stories
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Feature

The Future of Police in Schools
The Future of Police in Schools
 
Research shows officers don’t make schools safer, but how do we create secure campuses without them?
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Tips for Educators

Tips for Educators
Combating Anti-Asian Racism in the Classroom
 
Tracy Poon Tambascia on how educators can address xenophobia amid the COVID-19 pandemic
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In Conversation

Brendesha Tynes on the Digital Equity Gap
Brendesha Tynes on the Digital Equity Gap
 
Associate professor of education and psychology discusses growing up in Detroit, the new app she’s developing and the effects of videos depicting racial violence
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Feature

Learning 2.0
Moving K–12 School Districts Online in a Pandemic
 
What went wrong, and how it can get better
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Alumna Profile

A USC Rossier Alumna Discovers a Love for Government
A USC Rossier Alumna Discovers a Love for Government
 
USC Rossier’s Online OCL program helped Georgia Steele EdD ’18 achieve organizational excellence
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In Conversation

How to Lead in a Time of Crisis
How to Lead in a Time of Crisis
 
USC President Folt in conversation with USC Rossier Dean Noguera
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Feature

How Should Black History Be Taught?
How Should Black History Be Taught?
 
A reckoning with racism starts with learning the unvarnished truth—and toll—of slavery
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News

JENGA Grows Its Mission and Membership
JENGA Grows Its Mission and Membership
 
A student group founded by eight USC Rossier EdD students in search of dissertation support and community expands its reach
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