Inside USC Rossier Blog


The Shipwreck

I wanted to write about a recent concept that I have learned in my Human Differences course while studying for my master of arts in teaching. I really liked learning about the “shipwreck”, a concept in regards to a learner’s identity.  When something devastating occurs in one’s life...

A Conversation About Education

As part of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Centennial year activities, Dean Karen Symms Gallagher and Alumnae Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana (PhD ’95), President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, are hosting “A Conversation...

An Experiment Takes Off

When Karen Symms Gallagher ran into fellow education deans last year, many of them were “politely skeptical,” the University of Southern California dean says (politely), about her institution’s experiment to take its masters in education program online...

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...

Teaching with enthusiasm…

During my orientation experience while working on my masters in education, I had the privilege of being a one-on-one special needs instructional aide at two schools where I was conducting my observations. I lived experiences I will never forget about how schools function with...

My History Class Observation

I would like to tell you about an observation experience I had during my Framing Experience Class while working on my master of teaching program.  After graduating, I would like to teach high school history so I observed a ninth grade honors history class...