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Pedro Noguera installed as dean of USC Rossier

Noguera lays out vision for reimagining education and increasing school’s impact

By Ross Brenneman

Pedro Noguera has officially been installed as the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education.

In a ceremony conducted online on Oct. 1, Noguera, with his family nearby, extolled the virtues of public education and the need to keep it strong, a philosophy that has been a hallmark of his career.

“When I was selected for this job by President [Carol] Folt, I embraced the opportunity because I believe in the power of education,” Noguera said. “And I believe that, even in this moment of conflict, tumult and uncertainty, USC Rossier will have an even greater impact on our field, locally, nationally and internationally.”

Noguera, who took over as dean on July 1, is the 11th person to serve as a USC Rossier dean. He succeeds Karen Symms Gallagher, who led the school for two decades. Gallagher rejoined the faculty at the end of June.

University and school leaders espoused their enthusiasm for Noguera and praised his work as an advocate for public education.

“Pedro has had a hands-on relationship to engagement, advocacy and equity in our schools,” Folt said. “It’s no wonder that so many educational leaders look to him for help in reimagining their schools and their classrooms. He has a powerful presence and a compassionate, thoughtful voice.”

“We expect Dean Noguera to call on his teaching and research experience, his understanding of the relationship between democracy and education and his advocacy for underserved populations,” said Provost Charles Zukowski, “to provide bold leadership, drive education back to the forefront of our national conversation, lead the impactful changes in our schools and train exceptional education leaders.”

In his speech, Noguera laid out three initiatives that will be priorities early in his deanship:

  1. Reimagining education: A series of conversations with thought leaders aimed at designing schools that are responsive to the social and emotional needs of children and make learning more stimulating, engaging and equitable.
  2. Creating the next generation of teachers for Los Angeles: Increasing the supply of diverse, committed and talented teachers in Los Angeles.
  3. Education for democracy: Improving civic education so that students are better prepared to think critically, engage in civil debate and be prepared to defend and participate in democracy.

“In explaining what it means to be a dean to one of my granddaughters, I told her that it was like being a coach; you don’t get to play the game, but you must develop a strategy and produce results,” Noguera said. “I am confident that we at USC Rossier are well-positioned to produce highly significant results.”

Read Dean Noguera’s full remarks.

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