Fall / Winter 2021

Breakthrough Leadership

(Illustration/Chris Gash)

What does it mean to be a good leader?

Styles of leadership and what makes an effective leader change with the culture and context of the moment. These days, the idea of leaders being at the center of all things is changing, too, as we are beginning to see leaders not as the ones with all the answers, but the ones who are asking the right questions. In this issue of USC Rossier Magazine, we explore what effective leadership looks like today. What are the questions leaders should be asking as we seek to rebuild and revitalize our education systems to adequately respond to post-pandemic realities? What skills do leaders need to successfully serve their communities? Just as our society and the institutions that hold us together evolve, so too do the techniques, skills and strategies needed from today’s leaders.

Below are highlights from our Fall/Winter issue that explore how leadership in education is evolving. You can flip through the entire issue at the bottom of this page.

Dean’s Byline

How Can Education Leaders Break Through the Challenges of Today?

How Can Education Leaders Break Through the Challenges of Today?

Meeting the demands of the post-pandemic era will require new skills and preparations.
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Feature

Breakthrough Leadership

What Does Leadership Look Like After the Pandemic?

Kindness, creativity and relationship building are among the essential skills education leaders need to break through the challenges of today.
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Student Profile

Maha Al Romaihi

This Qatar-based Global EdD Student Is Exploring How to Embrace Change in Education While Honoring Tradition

As director of Tariq Bin Ziad School, Maha Al Romaihi champions a bilingual curriculum that balances English language skills with a celebration of the Arabic language and Qatar’s culture.
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Tips for Educators

Students in a combined fourth- and fifth-grade class work together on a poster about the Lunar New Year.

How Can Educators Create the Conditions for Student Leadership?

Professor Julie Slayton explains that giving students meaningful opportunities to lead in the classroom extends beyond distributing materials and grants them decision-making power.
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Feature

A Day in the Life of a USC Rossier Grad

A Day in the Life of a USC Rossier Grad

Alumni leaders share the details of their waking hours—from their morning routines to the ways they wind down from their busy working days.
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Alumna Profile

Air Force Maj. Kristine Poblete is executive officer for the director of staff at Air Force headquarters and a USC Alumni Veterans Network board member. She recently led a session for USC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week.

Leading By Example, From Example
Women leaders in her distinctly male-dominated workplace have deeply inspired Kristine Poblete EdD ’17.
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In Conversation

Tracy Poon Tambascia EdD ’07, newly elected president of the USC Academic Senate and USC Rossier professor of clinical education, on the importance of leaders amplifying alternative perspectives.

‘Having a Place at the Table Is Not Enough’

Tracy Poon Tambascia EdD ’07, newly elected president of the USC Academic Senate and USC Rossier professor of clinical education, on the importance of leaders amplifying alternative perspectives.
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Opinion

Leading With Questions Rather Than Answers

Leading With Questions Rather Than Answers

Professor Adrian Donato EdD ’16 discusses why leaders must frame goals around the ‘why.’
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News

Leaders

The Avengers Student Group Aims ‘to Create Revolutionary Change in Education’

These student superheroes are using their special powers to shape the future of education.
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Feature

Thomas Tan EdD ’09, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District’s director of and computer services, reviews notes on his office whiteboard in August 2021.

The Pandemic Changed Their Jobs Overnight. How Did Education Technology Leaders Manage?

USC Rossier alumni share how they led their districts out of crisis and into a brighter, more plugged-in future.
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Alumna Profile

Elana Glasenberg

USC Rossier Alumna and Board of Councilors Member Leads Effort to Launch New Inclusive School

Elana Glasenberg EdD ’21 is helping to bring students with disabilities out of the shadows in Ukraine.
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Feature

Richard Carranza

After a Harrowing Year, Superintendents From the Nation’s Three Largest Urban Districts Step Down

Austin Beutner, Richard Carranza and Janice Jackson look back on leading schools during the pandemic.
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Rossier Supporters

Andrew Nikou in his Los Angeles office.

Paying It Forward

The Andrew Nikou Foundation backs a crowdsourcing model that seeks solutions to education problems.
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