USC Rossier Magazine, Fall/Winter 2018

Bringing the future into focus

Insight flows from many sources — from momentous personal and familial histories, from deep commitments to communities and ideals, from decades of professional research and service. At our best, we draw these sources together into a collective vision for the future of education.

Karen Symms Gallagher, PhD PHOTO BY ANDREW ZINN
Dean’s Note

The future of education is not ours to shape alone

Collaboration and listening are paramount.

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USC building with Downtown LA in background

How a school of education found its place in Los Angeles

USC Rossier marks its centennial with an eye toward the future.

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Equity and Access

John Slaughter (Photo/Cody Pickens)

Maintaining our competitive edge requires equity

Underrepresentation in STEM subjects is higher education’s shame

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John B. King Jr. and Ryan J. Smith

Students deserve bold leadership in fight for educational equity

Equity is not just a tool, but justice as well

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Estela Mara Bensimon

Reclaiming equity in word and deed

We must keep the focus on racial justice now and in the future

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Shaun R. Harper is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership and USC Provost Professor at the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business. He is Founder and Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center.

What racially just educational systems could look like

A vision with a chance to become reality

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Sy Stokes

Finding the path to an inclusive future, by listening

Americans cannot wallow in discouragement

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Teaching and learning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang - Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at USC Rossier.

How we can use brain science to inform educational innovation

First: understand how relationships matter

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Benjamin Riley is Founder and Executive Director of Deans for Impact, which is committed to transforming the field of education and elevating the teaching profession.

Why teacher-preparation programs must embrace a shared goal

Going alone costs valuable opportunities

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Angela Laila Hasan, Margo Pensavalle, and Shilby Sims

Developing students’ voices begins with the curriculum

The power of using your words

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Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of WE Charity

Getting beyond the three “Rs”

Service learning takes education to a new letter

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Stephen J. Aguilar

Let’s work toward being boring

What commonplace technologies teach us about next steps in personalized learning

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Alan Arkatov

It’s time to ensure the promise of personalized learning

The future of education is in the hands and minds of students

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Christopher “Chip” Paucek is co-founder and CEO of 2U Inc., an education technology company that partners with colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs.

What graduate education can learn from Blockbuster and Netflix

Technological disruption is a given, but success can be elusive

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Anthony Maddox is Professor of Clinical Education and Engineering at USC Rossier and USC Viterbi. He is Co-Director of the Center for Engineering in Education, as well as a licensed professional engineer.

What machines and humans can learn from one another

Technology is reshaping what it means to be education

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Organization and Action

William G. Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at USC Rossier, and the Co-Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Among his areas of expertise are higher education policy analysis, governance and administration.

The rise (and fall?) of academic freedom

To maintain academic freedom in higher education, we need to preserve our core value

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Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Founding Director of the Program in Latino Studies and former Director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

The promise of higher education comes with inconvenient truths

Why we need a national recommitment to public funding of education at all levels

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Wesley Smith EdD '05 is Executive Director of the Association of California School Administrators, the largest school leadership group in the nation.

To show what California values, look how it spends on schools

California’s budget would show an undervaluing of the state’s students

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Morgan Polikoff

Retaining good teachers requires more than better paychecks

Better support would also lead to better student outcomes

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Adrianna Kezar, USC Rossier Dean’s Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Co-Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education

How collaboration is supposed to work

Effective change requires collective action

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Joan J Michael

Donor bolsters the Joan J. Michael and William B. Michael Chair of Measurement, Evaluation and Accountability.

Joan J. Michael

The measure of support