COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

Advancing Equity: Improving Outcomes for All Children After the Pandemic

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Achievement and accountability have been the focus of K-12 education policy in the United States for the last 20 years. But wide race and class disparities persist, driven as much by factors outside of school, such as health, housing and systemic racism, as by in-school factors, such as teacher expectations, tracking and school discipline practices. The pandemic has magnified and exacerbated these inequities.

This webinar explores important related questions: What will the COVID-19 pandemic teach us about how schools should work to advance equity in educational opportunities and outcomes? What are the most effective strategies schools should use to improve student achievement? What conditions should schools work toward creating to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn?

Hosted and moderated by Pedro A. Noguera, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. Featuring panelists Bruce Fuller, professor of education policy at UC Berkeley; Shaun Harper, Provost Professor at USC and founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center; Tyrone Howard, faculty director of the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools; and Ana Ponce, executive director of Great Public Schools Now.

Who Will Benefit

– Educational leaders hoping to create a new, more equitable vision for K-12 schools post-pandemic
– Those who want to understand which socioeconomic factors influence student performance and how they can improve student achievement
– Educators looking to use the disruption brought on by COVID-19 as an opportunity for lasting change

About Our Featured Faculty

Pedro A. Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author, co-author and editor of 13 books. Prior to being appointed dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2004-2015), Harvard University (2000-2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000).

Shaun Harper is a Provost Professor of Education and Business at the USC Marshall School of Business and USC Rossier School of Education. Harper studies racial, gender and LGBT issues in corporations, law firms, Hollywood production companies, K-12 schools and universities. He also is an expert on college sports. Harper has consulted with more than 200 businesses and institutions on strategies related to equity, diversity and inclusion. He has published 12 books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and procured $13 million in research grants. His research has been cited in over 10,000 published studies. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN and NPR. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was Assistant Director of MBA Admissions for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Dr. Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured full professor.