USC Rossier Magazine, Fall/Winter 2020
Why We Can't Return to Normal
How the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement will change how we educate
In 2020, the status quo was shaken up, challenged and, quite possibly, forever altered. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for us all. The models our globalized world is built upon—our financial systems, the way we work, the way we travel, and yes, the way we educate all students, from pre-K to higher ed—have been tested and transformed. In the midst of this worldwide health crisis, another long-running crisis—systemic racism and the killing of Black men and women by police—fueled months of protest led by the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. This issue considers both the macro effects of a microscopic virus and how the demand to end structural racism will require us to reshape the field of education to ensure a more just and equitable future.
Educators are needed now more than ever
As a global pandemic, recession and racial justice movement sweep the nation, USC Rossier can lead the way in transforming education.
Pedro A. Noguera is reimagining education
With pragmatism and big ideas, USC Rossier’s new dean urges us not to return to normal.
The future of police in schools
Research shows officers don’t make schools safer, but how do we create secure campuses without them?
How should Black history be taught?
A reckoning with racism starts with learning the unvarnished truth—and toll—of slavery.
Will higher ed’s commitment to racial justice lead to change?
John Brooks Slaughter on what universities must do to improve the conditions of Black Americans.
Combating anti-Asian racism in the classroom
Tracy Poon Tambascia on how educators can address xenophobia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brendesha Tynes on the digital equity gap
Associate professor of education and psychology discusses growing up in Detroit, the new app she’s developing and the effects of videos depicting racial violence.
How to lead in a time of crisis
USC President Folt in conversation with USC Rossier Dean Noguera.
Moving K–12 school districts online in a pandemic.
What went wrong, and how it can get better
What are the lasting impacts of remote learning?
Ginger Clark on preparing USC faculty for remote instruction and the silver linings of virtual learning.
JENGA grows its mission and membership
A student group founded by eight USC Rossier EdD students in search of dissertation support and community expands its reach.
Student & Alumni Stories
USC Rossier EMP online student Marcel Hite wants to give applicants a chance to share their stories.
How a love of narrative inspired a career in college admissions
USC Rossier’s Online OCL program helped Georgia Steele EdD ’18 achieve organizational excellence
Georgia Steele EdD ’18
A USC Rossier alumna discovers a love for government