Rossier Reach January 2013 – Message from the Dean

Karen Symms Gallagher

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher

Dear Colleagues,

Research faculty at the USC Rossier School are deeply involved in projects which will have impact across the nation in K-12 schools and districts. This issue of REACH features the current work of Dr. Morgan Polikoff, Dr. Julie Marsh and Dr. Katharine Strunk around education reform issues, including accountability systems, data utilization, and teacher pay raises, that are central to today’s national dialogue.

Here in L.A., USC Hybrid High School, which Rossier opened in downtown Los Angeles in September, is a direct and tangible example of our commitment to exploring, evaluating and evolving new learning environments in urban education. This public charter school, with a first cohort of 128 9th graders, is reinventing traditional classes and learning, using a blended learning model integrating technology, personalized curricula, and greatly expanded school hours to meet the needs of students most likely to drop out of a traditional school.

Our commitment to Hybrid High School involves rigorous evaluation, which will be undertaken by Dr. Patricia Burch.

I welcome your comments about Rossier’s work in K-12 education reform.

Karen Symms Gallagher
Ph.D. Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

This article was featured in the January, 2013 Issue of Rossier Reach