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Seniority? Test Scores? Student Outcomes? The Argument for Rethinking Teacher Compensation

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher authored a column in the Huffington Post about how Race To The Top funding is changing the game for teacher compensation and what that means for programs that prepare teachers who have their masters degree in education...

Watching Others Learn Outside the Classroom

I wanted to share an experience about how I’ve applied what I’ve have learned while getting my masters in education outside of the classroom.  My sister has a two and half year old son.  He is constantly exploring and learning new things everyday.  I was watching him and...

A Community within the World

After reflecting about my experience getting my master of arts in teaching thus far, I realize I am truly connected to a greater community.  This greater community is USC and the USC community is everywhere.  Last week I was at Disneyland and proudly noted many people had...

Connecting with my peers

My ability to connect with other individuals and my peers in a meaningful and reciprocal way has been awesome!  As I mentioned last week, the 2sc platform we use in the master of arts in teaching program is both user and socially friendly.  I have made some very good friends...

Great Technology, Effective Lectures, Accessible Professors

There are three things that I found very surprising about the masters in education program.  First, I love the technology that we use on a daily basis.  I am computer literate, having used a computer for a number of schools. However, I feel it would be easy for individuals who...

My Journey with USC

My name is Laurel, welcome to my USC blog!  I live in sunny San Diego, CA. and am working on my Master’s in Teaching as a student in the MAT@USC delivered online.  I have a dog who aside from school work consumes most of my time!  I am thrilled about this journey...