USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2021
A New Vision for Schools
How can we bring lasting change to education?
In the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of USC Rossier Magazine, we explored how both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement exposed existing inequities in schools, resulting in an urgent need to reconsider how we educate. Our findings were clear: We can’t simply go back to normal after the pandemic is over. Instead, we must use this opportunity to help bring lasting change to the field of education. In this issue, you will read about how the USC Rossier community is considering the ways education can be re-envisioned and how these transformations can help us work toward our mission of achieving educational equity. The pandemic, in fact, has shown us in many ways that the things we thought could never change, actually can.
Building a more equitable future
As schools start to reopen, now is the time to create an education system that supports all students
Scientific intuition exists in all children
But how can STEM instruction tap into this natural curiosity as kids grow up?
The pandemic forced us outside, and Oak Park Unified shows how schools can benefit
Led by Anthony Knight EdD ’06, this Ventura County district provides a model for outdoor education and environmental literacy
Gamifying the virtual classroom
The pandemic has educators turning to digital tools to increase engagement, but how can we ensure these technologies are accessible for all students?
Is the pandemic worsening the equity gap in college admissions?
While test-optional policies have some applauding, declining application rates for low-income students and people of color are worrisome
Leaders in education reflect on a year of upheaval
Alumni from Hawai‘i to Minnesota share their experiences and hopes for the future
Akilah Lyons-Moore EdD ’14 assistant professor of clinical education, discusses The Democracy Project, growing up in Pacoima and what she misses about teaching high school
Akilah Lyons-Moore EdD ’14
Why we must rethink how we teach civics
Shaun R. Harper, Provost Professor in Education and Business, discusses his AERA presidency, his role on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s educational equity taskforce and hosting a race and equity summit viewed by millions
Shaun R. Harper
In a year of sea change, keeping equity in focus
Student and Alumni Profiles
Discovering the talents in every child
This alumna’s illustrious career in gifted education took her from LA to the remote villages of Mexico
Bringing an online mentality to the medical profession
How this USC Rossier LDT student is improving continuing education for health care professionals
Helping schools share their stories
This OCL alumna paired her communication skills with a passion for education
Teaching about the inescapable racial realities of the capitol insurrection
Professor Shaun R. Harper on how the attack on Congress underscores important lessons about racial double standards and White privilege
Disruption as an opportunity for change
Dean Pedro A. Noguera on how the pandemic has provided a chance to reimagine how schools function