USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2018

The Science of Learning

From neuroscience and computer science to educational psychology and sociology, the interdisciplinary research underway at USC Rossier is reshaping what it means to teach and learn in the 21st century. Our faculty, students and alumni are translating this groundbreaking research on the science of learning into innovative interventions in the classroom, empowering both teachers and students in the process.

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

Dear friends of Rossier

For much of my life, I’ve been either a student or a teacher. But I’ve always been a learner.

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Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang PHOTO BY CODY PICKENS

USC Rossier neuroscientist showing how students’ emotional engagement is key to learning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang’s social-emotional imagination quotient transforming classroom learning

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Professor Gale Sinatra at the Museum of Natural History in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. PHOTO BY CODY PICKENS

Breaking down the emotional barriers to science learning

Professor Gale Sinatra brings a real-world approach to the public understanding of science

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A USC collaboration with L.A. museum promotes the public understanding of science

An exhibit at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will explore visitors’ emotions and motivations for science

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Professor Brendesha Tynes, center, has launched USC Rossier’s Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology (CELDTech). PHOTO BY D’ANDRE MICHAEL

Empowering digital learning for Black and Latino students

Brendesha Tynes launches new center at intersection of technology, education and race

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Stephen J. Aguilar, Assistant Professor of Education | PHOTO BY MARGARET MOLLOY

Individualized learning attuned to students’ histories and cultures

Incoming professor uses learning analytics to put students’ needs first

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Erika A. Patall, USC Rossier Associate Professor PHOTO BY MARGARET MOLLOY

Social-emotional support from teachers is critical to boosting girls’ persistence in STEM

Erika Patall tracked high school girls’ classroom experiences and motivations in science classes

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A new all-girls school in LAUSD named after former superintendent Michelle King

Girls Academic Leadership Academy provides a supportive setting for STEM success

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Professor Sandra Kaplan leads Project CHANGE, a study on gifted and talented education (GATE). PHOTO BY MARGARET MOLLOY

Identifying and serving gifted and talented students at a younger age

Sandra Kaplan transforming GATE programs for underserved students

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Left: Hattie Mitchell EDL ’17, founder and CEO of the Crete Academy, with first grader Khloe, Principal for the Day. Right, top and bottom: The Crete Academy cultivates a sense of family. PHOTOS BY MARGARET MOLLOY

EDL alumna founds new school that serves students impacted by homelessness

Hattie Mitchell EDL ’17 creates community at the Crete Academy in South Los Angeles

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CHARIOT begins testing wearable technology

New center helping teachers become more attuned to their students’ levels of engagement.

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Q&A: Raven Barrow MFT ’12

Building resilience in individuals by strengthening communities.

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CTBC Executive Vice President Frida Bank Kourouyan (center, with scarf) and Vice President Mona Fontela (center, tan coat) with USC Rossier staff, students and USC CAC advisers at Fremont High School in Los Angeles. PHOTO BY MARGARET MOLLOY

CTBC Bank continues support of the USC College Advising Corps

Community-minded business has invested $300,000 in program since 2014.

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