Inside USC Rossier Blog


My Hero of Education: An AMAZING "Pioneer" in Education!

I currently observe an AP US history teacher that at my local high school as part of my Master of Arts In Teaching curriculum. He teaches with enthusiasm, keeps the students engaged for 90+ minutes and has the ability to demand students’ respect.  How many teachers can...

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...