USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2017

The California Way

At a time when the direction of national education priorities is unclear, collaboration among teachers, administrators and researchers is charting a path forward for the more than 6 million public school students throughout the state.

Karen Symms Gallagher, Dean
Dean’s Note

Dear friends of Rossier

In March 2017, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. paid a visit to USC Rossier shortly after becoming the new CEO and president of Education Trust. His message? More than ever before, states had to lead the way if we were to continue to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

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Julie Marsh at a PACE seminar in January 2017. Photo courtesy of PACE

Policy shop sets the pace on research into California education

A research center run by USC Rossier, Stanford and UC Davis is helping California forge its own path.

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Alex Cherniss EdD ’08, superintendent of the San Marino Unified School District, visits an 8th grade science class at Huntington Middle School. Photo by Margaret Molloy

California’s school funding model is changing the concept of local control

The funding formula’s flexibility leads to different approaches for two Southern California superintendents.

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Photo courtesy of Edgar Zazueta

Funding law gives doctoral student a chance to lead

Edgar Zazueta, a second-year doctoral student, sees opportunities and challenges.

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Stefanie Phillips EdD ’05 became superintendent last year at Santa Ana Unified. Photo courtesy of Santa Ana Unified School District.

CORE districts forge their own paths

A collaborative partnership among school districts is becoming a game changer in California.

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Associate Professor Morgan Polikoff

USC Rossier professor Morgan Polikoff uses social media to impact policy

Researcher is helping to change laws through his tweets and blog posts.

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Belmont High School Principal Kristen McGregor ’85, EdD ’07 offers support to students concerned about presumed changes in immigration policy. Photo by Margaret Molloy

Keeping the dream of education alive for immigrant students

A principal and her staff allay the fears of students caught in the middle of the national debate over immigration policy.

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Photo by Margaret Molloy

Southern California College Advising Corps offers immigrant a chance to help dreamers

‘Quit does not exist’

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Superintendent Paul Gothold EdD ’17 (center, in tie) celebrates with Lynwood students. Photos courtesy Lynwood Unified School District.

Emphasizing equity and access, Lynwood Unified School District wins national honor

College Board’s AP District of the Year honors go to district led by Paul Gothold EdD ’17.

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Students sitting outside studying

The imagination economy

California’s two great exports are disrupting and transforming teaching and learning.

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Photo by Adam Mason

Q&A: PhD alumna leads education policy for state of Maryland

Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw PhD ’12 discusses how states can learn from each other.

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