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Confronting linguistic racism

As our world grows more globalized, our acceptance of others—and their accents—is paramount.

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A new equation for teacher + student success

Professor Yasemin Copur-Gencturk is empowering math educators with a scalable, AI-powered professional development program.

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USC Rossier Professor Brendesha Tynes receives $4.6 million NIH grant to build the nation’s first digital literacy and mental health platform for K–12 students

The Transformative Research Award is one of the most prestigious in the country and supports highly innovative, impactful research.

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In Conversation

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Considering the opportunities, dangers and applications of AI

Professors Copur-Gencturk, Maddox and Hyde sound off on how AI will reshape education.

Alumni Story

Yaw Osei Adutwum PhD ’09 returned to Ghana to transform the nation’s educational system

After working as a teacher and founding a charter school network in L.A., Adutwum was appointed Ghana’s minister for education and led the country’s effort to expand free secondary education for all.

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Alumni Story

Allyson Felix is not done

The Olympic great and USC Rossier grad is retired but staying busy with a new shoe company, elevating athletes’ voices and empowering women.

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AI can teach math teachers how to improve student skills

The Conversation

When middle school math teachers completed an online professional development program that uses artificial intelligence to improve their math knowledge and teaching skills, their students’ math performance improved.

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Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

  • Associate Professor of Education

Why school board elections are garnering national attention

PBS NewsHour

School board elections have become a new battleground in American politics, with typically non-partisan races becoming increasingly polarized and garnering national attention. That was true in this week's election among a few closely watched counties. Julie Marsh, a professor of education policy at the University of Southern California, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss.

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Julie Marsh

  • Professor of Education
  • Co-director of CEPEG

A Cal State Report Says Hate Crimes Are Low, But Trustees And Experts Issue Warning

Laist

"We should be routinely collecting information on how students are experiencing the racial campus climate," said Royel M. Johnson, an associate professor of higher education and director of the NACCC. Johnson said the proposed legislation is a good first step, but, "the second step is the most important, and that is how institutions act."

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Royel M. Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor & Director

The Fight Over Charters in LAUSD School Buildings: What’s Really Happening

The 74

Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California Rossier, pointed out both district and charter schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis. Shrinking enrollments mean shrinking school budgets.

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Morgan Polikoff

  • Associate Professor of Education

Why A Longstanding LAUSD Student Count Scrambles Educators, Disrupts Classes, Frustrates Parents

Laist

“The school has to have a seat for every child who's enrolled whether they're paid for it or not,” said USC education professor Lawrence Picus. “It seems that we have a responsibility to ensure they have enough money to do that.”

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Lawrence O. Picus

  • Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration
  • Professor of Education, Finance and Policy
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Will Teachers Listen to Feedback From AI? Researchers Are Betting on It

EdSource

EdSource quotes Yasemin Copur-Gencturk about the application of AI in education.

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Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

  • Associate Professor of Education

Banned Books Week comes at tense time for nation’s libraries and schools

The Hill

Banned Books Week, an annual event first established in 1982, has arrived amid a tumultuous time for reading in America as both schools and libraries try to fend off rising campaigns to remove titles from shelves.

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Shaun Harper

  • University Professor
  • Provost Professor of Education and Business
  • Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership
  • USC Race and Equity Center Founder and Executive Director

Will AI make American education even more unequal?

The Hill

We are in a period of rapid and dramatic change. We have an opportunity to use this moment to influence educational trends in ways that make the future more equitable, just and sustainable. Let’s not squander this opportunity.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

Will kids have equal access to AI in schools?

KNX Radio

KNX In Depth's Elsa Ramon and Larry Perel talk to Pedro Noguera, Dean of the Rossier School of Education at USC. He's got a new responsibility as a member of the U.S. Department of Education's committee on the use of Artificial Intelligence in education. It's to help figure out how AI can be used effectively in schools. He writes about it in an op/ed piece in The Hill.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

We Stand For DEI with Dr Shaun Harper

iHeartRadio

Street Politicians Podcast hosts USC Rossier faculty member, Dr. Shaun Harper, who is recognized as one of the nation’s most highly respected racial equity experts. Dr. Harper discussed his DEI strategy with companies and institutions.

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Shaun Harper

  • University Professor
  • Provost Professor of Education and Business
  • Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership
  • USC Race and Equity Center Founder and Executive Director

No Calculus? No Problem at Caltech

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed spoke with Dr. Julie Posselt about technology-focused institutions exploring admission alternatives and the importance of federal support for schools.

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Julie R. Posselt

  • Professor of Education

Why Kids’ Learning Loss From COVID Hasn’t Improved

The Messenger

The problems that motivated us to pour billions into our schools during COVID-19 are still very real but the sooner we accept that our pandemic educational recovery hacks like tutoring and summer school aren’t going to cut it, the better off our children will be.

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Morgan Polikoff

  • Associate Professor of Education

AI will eventually disrupt the status quo in education. Will students benefit?

San Francisco Chronicle

We must seize the opportunity to use AI and other forms of educational technology in ways that make the future more equitable and accessible.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

ChatGPT is about as exciting as a Twinkie

EdScoop

While new and perhaps useful, ChatGPT lacks the substance educators should be encouraging in their students' writing.

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Stephen J. Aguilar

  • Assistant Professor of Education

Education key to progress

Daily Express

Unless schools provide an environment that is sound, stimulating, and safe, students will not benefit from the education system. This was one of the messages delivered by sociologist Pedro Antonio Noguera of the USC Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California in the United States.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

Interview with USC Rossier Dean Pedro Noguera

M.E. TV Now of of Trinidad and Tobago

Dean Pedro Noguera discusses USC Rossier's global leadership in promoting educational equity.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

Navigating College Applications: Myth Busting and Advice Under Race-Neutral Mandates

The Messenger

A Rossier Ph.D. student offers advice and busts myths pertaining to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision pertaining to race and admissions.

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'Fight this battle piece by piece': How angry moms are shaping culture wars and the 2024 race

USA Today

USA Today spoke with Dean Pedro Noguera about public debates over children’s education and how education is often a local issue.

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

‘Student dads are ghosts’: Why fathers face long odds of graduating college

The Guardian

“One of the biggest things is that familial pressure, that social pressure of being a provider.”

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Adrian H. Huerta

  • Assistant Professor of Education

What will actually make schools safer

The Hill

"Instead of 'thoughts and prayers' lawmakers at the state and federal level must act now."

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Pedro Noguera

  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

Confidence in California public schools declines sharply; a third give L.A. a D or F

Los Angeles Times

"Maybe we were still in a period of people sort of appreciating all the work that educators were doing."

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Julie Marsh

  • Professor of Education
  • Co-director of CEPEG

The SAT is going digital. Will that make the test more equitable?

EdSurge

“The move to a digital test format is long overdue.”

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Jerome A. Lucido

  • Professor of Practice
  • Executive Director of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice

USC Rossier Magazine

Our biannual publication that features top news, profiles of alumni and in-depth feature stories that explore some of education's most pressing issues.
Cover of USC Rossier Magazine which features an illustration of a computer generated human profile with a laurel wreath on top of it.
Fall/Winter 2023 issue
Fall/Winter 2023 issue

This issue considers artificial intelligence’s impact on teaching and learning and explores the USC Rossier community’s research and engagement with a rapidly changing technology that just might reshape our world.

School districts prepare for AI

Superintendents across Southern California are seeking ways to embrace and integrate the new technology.

USC Center for Generative AI and Society to chart the impact of AI on culture, education, media and society

Professor Stephen Aguilar is leading the center’s education research, exploring how students and teachers are already using AI tools—and how they can best use them in the future.

Balancing the potentials and pitfalls of AI in college admissions

Artificial intelligence promises efficiency gains for admissions offices and offers students innovative application tools, but will the new technology advance or hinder equity?

Educator Resources

Educator Resources

USC Rossier offers these tools and other educator resources for teachers, administrators and counselors in K–12, higher education and educational psychology.

How can educators support gender-diverse students?

From validating feelings to creating a toolbox for emotional regulation, these practical tips from Professor Theodore Burnes can help students thrive.

How can schools better serve the needs of secondary English learners?

Dieuwertje J. Kast EdD ’20 on how educators can prepare students to understand and adapt to technology so they can use it for the future.

Democracy Project piloting new curricula with California civics teachers

Q&A with Robert Medrano EDL ’20, Democracy Project program specialist, on curriculum development

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