USC Rossier Magazine, Fall/Winter 2019

Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future

Students, staff, faculty and friends came together to celebrate the capstone event of USC Rossier’s Centennial Celebration on Aug. 24 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The interactive exhibits highlighted not only impactful moments and people from the school’s history, but also the current work and experts who will transform education in the next century.

100 years of USC Rossier
Dear Friends

A second century of education innovation

The past year has been one of the most significant in the long history of USC.

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Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang – photography by Stephanie Yantz

School of thought

Studying the implicit processes—inside and out—that make educators great

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Medical resident watching a quality video featuring a surgical procedure through virtual reality headsets

Accelerate, innovate, educate

USC Rossier’s EdVentures fosters tech innovators seeking to improve education

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Shaun R. Harper and Charles H.F. Davis III, Brandi Junious and Wilmon Christian are helping to power the new tool PRISM. photo credit - Jose Ubeda

Seeing higher ed in color

How the online tool PRISM is making higher ed professionals of color more visible and connected

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Zoë Corwin

Game on

To boost the number of low-income and first-gen students attending college, researcher Zoë Corwin unlocks the power of play

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Art by Christiane Moore

Learning 2.0

Online schools offer an intriguing option for many students

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J.B. Bunyi MFT ’16


Meet four alumni who embody USC Rossier plugged-in savvy

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art by Jessica Swaysland

Wired for defense

The importance of cybersecurity for school districts

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Student in class smiling

Safer surfing

Helping better protect American youth from internet-based misinformation

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In conversation: education technology

Merrill Irving Jr. EdD ’07

His leadership emphasizes technical prowess and compassion.

Merrill Irving Jr. EdD ’07

Heart of a leader

Associate Professor Patricia Dickenson EdD ’09

She uses tech to revolutionize teaching and learning.

Associate Professor Patricia Dickenson EdD ’09

The wired professor


photo credit – Brian Morri

A role model

She’s teaching, learning and leading with love and perseverance.

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Shaun Harper

AERA president-elect

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest professional education research organization in the country, with more than 25,000 members.

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Laura Chase

Arctic educator

As a high school biology, chemistry and ESL science teacher, I think a lot about how people interact with the natural world.

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Students celebrating graduation

Celebrating students

Parents, teachers and boosters cheered the 72 members of the first graduating class of East College Prep on June 9.

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photo credit – Joshua J. Krause / 211 Photography

Fall kick-off

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, Associate Professor Alan Green and USC President Carol Folt welcomed Rossier faculty and staff.

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California 50 hikes with kids

Human(e) nature

As a young girl, I was empowered when I was on the trail with my dad.

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Dean Karen Symms Gallagher (center) with the USC Rossier Centennial honorees

Living history

On Aug 24, Rossier celebrated the culminating event in the yearlong Centennial.

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photo credit – Brian Morri


Storytelling’s role in furthering educational equity was the theme of USC Rossier’s Center EDGE’s second L.A. Educational Exchange.

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photo credit – Brian Morri

To boldly go

A USC Rossier discussion with education innovator Sal Khan.

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new USC Faculty 2019

Welcome New USC Rossier Faculty

New faculty at USC Rossier

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David and Carol Powell | photo credit – Josh Krause
Rossier supporters

Giving back with a smile

Announcing the David and Carol Powell Endowed Scholarship Funds.

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