May 24, 2011

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Dean Gallagher Speaks to Sec.Duncan on STEM
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Dean Karen Symms Gallagher traveled to   Washington, DC this week to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his senior leaders.

The meeting is part of a follow-up to the Carnegie Corp's "10-in-2" initiative, the scale-up of preparing 10,000 STEM teachers in two years, with a goal of getting to 100,000 teachers in 10 years. Among the 30 organizations involved in this initiative, USC Rossier is the only school of education.

Our Master of Arts in Teaching program has been recognized by Carnegie as a model, and we are partnering with them and five school districts to hire and retain our grads.  

The Dean presented the first steps of the group's initiative on increasing supply, and is asking the Secretary for policy support, funding and advocacy. 

XED Symposium Inspired by USC Hybrid High

The Rossier School of Education, the architectural firm of Perkins+Will,  and the USC School of Architecture are organizing  a two-day symposium as part of the "XED", Executive Education Program with USC.

This session, "21st Century School in Crisis: Legacy, Lessons, and Opportunities," will occur June 16-17 on the USC campus. There will be several speakers as well as an open forum for dialogue and the sharing of ideas, success and challenges in addressing education, educational planning and design.

Please contact Dr. David Dwyer, Professor and Katzman-Ernst Chair at Rossier, at if you have questions about registration fees and discounts.

More info.
Go to the XED website.
Students & Faculty Return from APRISE Trip to China
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(Above l to r: A representative from Shanghai Normal University greets USC students Alejandra Velez, Carolyn Stirling and Rashitta Brown on the Shanghai campus)


Rossier faculty, staff and nine doctoral students traveled to China last week in the latest study tour through the Asia Pacific Rim International Study Experience (APRISE) at Rossier. The group visited both Shanghai and Beijing to observe educational practices in a variety of schools and universities.
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(Above: Alejandra Velez with top performing students at Shanghai Normal affiliated school)

Check out highlights and photos from the trip on the blog.
Get Your 2011 Rossier Commencement Newspaper
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Our special Rossier School of Education Commencement 2011 newspaper is loaded with photos from the doctoral and master's ceremonies, so pick up your copy now!

The publication highlights our commencement week events and speakers, features profiles on a selection of our excellent grads, and includes a Q&A with Dr. John Deasy, LAUSD superintendent and our 2011 commencement speaker.

To have a copy mailed to you, contact  Or stop by WPH 500.
New Research Publication Available
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The newest issue of Rossier Reach is available in the WPH lobby racks, as well as the Office of Communications WPH 500.

The issue focuses on some of the groundbreaking interdisciplinary research underway at Rossier in collaboration with other USC schools.

Read it online.

Or contact
MAT@USC App Featured in the News
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Summit Daily News highlighted the iOS App for the USC Rossier School's MAT@USC online degree program.

Read more here.
Faculty Forefront
Hentschke Succeeds Cole as Ph.D. Program Chair
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Dr. Darnell Cole is completing his term as Ph.D. Program Chair this month. Dr. Guilbert Hentschke has been named his successor.

A special reception was held earlier this month to honor our Ph.D. graduates and thank Dr. Cole for his service.
Marsh Authors Chapter in New Book
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Dr. Julie Marsh has a chapter in a newly published from Carnegie Melon University Press.

The book is titled Approaching Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice, edited by Robert Cavalier. Marsh's chapter is "The promises and challenges of deliberative democracy in practice: A comparative case study of two districts."

More about the book.
Kezar Discusses Hiring Adjuncts Vs. Grad Students
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The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Dr. Adrianna Kezar on the factors that influence schools' decisions to hire adjunct professors vs. graduate students.

Read the story.

Inside Higher Ed also quoted Kezar.

Read the story.
Armstrong Talks to the AP about College Teaching
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The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, quoted Dr. Lloyd Armstrong about a new study on effective college teaching.

Read the story.
Strunk Quoted about Cutting Teacher Salaries

The Contra Costa Times quoted Dr. Katharine Strunk about teacher salaries.

"We know that all else equal, a teacher will choose a job with a higher salary," said Strunk. "Cutting teacher salaries, I think we would likely see an impact on the quality of the teaching force or the quantity of the teaching force."

Read the article.
Garcia Quoted about the Effect of Bad Teachers
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The Contra Costa Times quoted Dr. Pedro Garcia about the impact of a bad teacher on a child's academic progress.

"Research shows that if your child has a bad teacher one year, you can overcome it. But two bad teachers in a row is very detrimental to the achievement of a child," said Garcia.

Read the article.
Alicia Dowd

CUE Network Tapped to Address Challenges Facing Higher Education

A recent Huffington Post article poses the question "What are the greatest challenges facing U.S. higher education?" to seven professors with expertise in the area, including Dr. Alicia C. Dowd.

Dowd spoke to the need to improve transfer and basic skills education without cutting off access for African American and Latino students. Links to CUE's Equity Scorecard™ work in Wisconsin and Benchmarking for Equity workshops in California community colleges provided examples of the ways researchers can get involved with colleges to be problem solvers.
University of Denver professor Lori Patton was another of the experts featured. As a past participant of the ASHE Institutes on Equity & Critical Policy Analysis, Patton is one of over 100 scholars around the nation who is a member of CUE's growing community of equity-minded faculty, researchers and policy analysts.
Read the story here.

Bensimon Presents Strategies to Support Equity in State College Completion Plans

Estela Mara BensimonDr. Estela Mara Bensimon and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) director of policy research Dr. Brian Prescott addressed state data professionals and policy analysts at a plenary session of the annual SHEEO/NCES Network Conference in San Francisco. The Network is a project administered by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and funded by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to promote cooperation among federal and state postsecondary entities in the area of data collection and dissemination.

Drs. Bensimon and Prescott's presentation, called "We Have Goals... Now What? Building Campus & System Capacity to Support State College Completion Plans," focused on how postsecondary systems and their campuses can translate broad national and state goals into concrete strategies to deliver college completion outcomes without compromising quality or equity.
Jenkins Interviewed about Social Media and Learning
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PBS News' "MediaShift" interviewed Dr. Henry Jenkins about the ability of social media to promote engaged and collaborative learning.

Click for the story.
Rossier Family
Alumna Remembered

Dr. Marie Panec (EdD '07) passed away recently.

Panec, who had been in Dean Karen Symms Gallagher's dissertation group, was a longtime board member for the Oak Park Unified School District.

She was a professor of biology at Moorpark College, where she also served as chairwoman of the Biological Sciences Department.

Read about Panec.
Alumna Dissertation Award Winner Profiled
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Rossier Dissertation of the Year Award Winner Dr. Sumun Pendakur (EdD '10), who was honored at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony, was profiled by USC News last week.

Read the story.
21st Century Scholar Reviews Waiting for Superman
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This week, CHEPA's 21st Century Scholar blog focuses on different perspectives about the education documentary Waiting for Superman.

Bloggers commenting on the movie are:

5/23 Bill Tierney
5/24 Randy Clemens
5/25 Zoe Corwin
5/26 Lauren Anderson
5/27 Yvonna Lincoln

Check out 21st Century Scholar.
MAT@USC Grad Honored for Community Impact
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Recent MAT@USC graduate Christine Gerchow (MAT '11) was one of 57 students university-wide to receive the USC Order of Areté, the highest honor for graduate students. The award is given to students who have demonstrated significant depth and scope of responsibility in a campus or community leadership role.

She was honored at the USC Student Recognition Ceremony for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area community using the resources and lessons learned in the MAT@USC program.
In This Issue
Dean Gallagher Meets with Sec. Arne Duncan
XED Symposium Inspired by USC Hybrid High
Students & Faculty Return from APRISE Trip to China
Get Your 2011 Rossier Commencement Newspaper
New Research Publication Available
MAT@USC App Featured in the News
Hentschke Succeeds Cole as Ph.D. Program Chair
Marsh Authors Chapter in New Book
Kezar Discusses Hiring Adjuncts Vs. Grad Students
Armstrong Talks to the AP about College Teaching
Strunk Talks about Cutting Teacher Salaries
Garcia Quoted about the Effect of Bad Teachers
CUE Network Tapped to Address Challenges Facing Higher Education
Jenkins Interviewed about Social Media and Learning
Alumna Remembered
Alumna Dissertation Award Winner Profiled
21st Century Scholar Reviews
MAT@USC Grad Honored for Community Impact






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