Dominic Brewer was appointed to the USC Provost Committee on Strategic Transformation, a select group of faculty and administrators across the university charged with advising USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett on how to advance the USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions broadly across the institution. Brewer was also named to the board of directors for Education Sector, an independent think tank that challenges conventional thinking in education policy. He also recently joined the editorial board of the education research journal, Educational Researcher.
Sandra Kaplan was honored with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Legacy Award, making her the sixth winner in the history of the organization. Her insights and theories will be preserved permanently for future generations in audio and video interviews as part of the Legacy Series.
Dean Karen Symms Gallagher was named a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, making her the first dean of a school of education to receive this prestigious honor designed to support entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to transforming public education.
Three new Assistant Professors of Clinical Education, two of whom are alumni of the school’s Hawaii EdD cohort, recently joined USC Rossier. All three faculty members will teach in the USC Rossier Online programs.
Corey Barton EdD ’10 was previously an assistant principal for Ilima Intermediate School in Hawaii, and has worked as a classroom teacher in both California and Hawaii.
Eric Bernstein has taught mathematics and social studies at the secondary level, was the principal of two urban Connecticut high schools and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford.
Monique Datta EdD ’10 previously served as the State English/Language Arts Resource Teacher for the Office of Curriculum Instruction and Student Support for the Hawaii Department of Education.
Ron Avi Astor released four new guidebooks to help parents, teachers, principals and counselors understand the education challenges of military children and create schools that recognize and respect the culture of military families. Astor leads the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project, a partnership between the USC School of Social Work and eight San Diego-area public school districts.
Estela Mara Bensimon assembled the critical, constructive, and thought provoking ideas around race and racism of higher education scholars in a special issue of The Review of Higher Education, titled ”Critical Perspectives on Race and Equity.“ The special issue is an outcome of the USC Center for Urban Education’s ASHE Institutes for Equity and Critical Policy Analysis, which mobilized a generation of scholars to engage in critical policy analysis.
Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia Dowd co-authored an article for the December 2012 issue of Change magazine with David Longanecker, president of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and Rossier doctoral student Keith Witham. Their article examined how states and systems can still produce more degrees and credentials, meeting set goals with increasingly fewer resources.
Eugenia Mora-Flores released her fourth book, Science for English Language Learners: Developing Academic Language Through Inquiry-Based Science. The book, co-authored by Rossier adjunct Dolores Beltran, focuses on academic language development in science for English language learners, and shows teachers how to develop K-12 students’ language abilities in science while developing their content knowledge.
This article was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Rossier’s Futures in Urban Ed magazine.