Spring 2017

Spring/Summer 2017

The California Way

At a time when the direction of national education priorities is unclear, collaboration among teachers, administrators and researchers is charting a path forward for the more than 6 million public school students throughout the state.

Dean’s Note

Dear Friends of Rossier
In March 2017, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. paid a visit to USC Rossier shortly after becoming the new CEO and president of Education Trust. His message? More than ever before, states had to lead the way if we were to continue to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
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Policy shop sets the pace on research into California education
A research center run by USC Rossier, Stanford and UC Davis is helping California forge its own path
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California’s school funding model is changing the concept of local control
The funding formula’s flexibility leads to different approaches for two Southern California superintendents
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Funding law gives doctoral student a chance to lead
Edgar Zazueta, a second-year doctoral student, sees opportunities and challenges
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CORE districts forge their own paths
A collaborative partnership among school districts is becoming a game changer in California
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USC Rossier professor Morgan Polikoff uses social media to impact policy
Researcher is helping to change laws through his tweets and blog posts
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Keeping the dream of education alive for immigrant students
A principal and her staff allay the fears of students caught in the middle of the national debate over immigration policy
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Southern California College Advising Corps offers immigrant a chance to help dreamers
‘Quit does not exist’
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Emphasizing equity and access, Lynwood Unified School District wins national honor
College Board’s AP District of the Year honors go to district led by Paul Gothold EdD ’17
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The Imagination Economy
California’s two great exports are disrupting and transforming teaching and learning.
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Q&A: PhD alumna leads education policy for state of Maryland
Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw PhD ’12 discusses how states can learn from each other
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New gift to fund long-term study of college retention
Mary and Daniel James want to help researchers find out what helps first-generation college students persist
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