COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

How Education Leaders Can Face Today’s Challenges and Controversies

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As schools continue to battle challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and staff have been tasked with navigating polarizing issues such as mask mandates and vaccine requirements. In addition to these ongoing controversies, debates surrounding critical race theory, gun violence in schools and teacher shortages are still without resolution.

In this seminar, education leaders and experts discuss recent and persistent challenges and explore what the future may hold for students and staff.

The seminar features Patricia Burch, professor of education at USC Rossier School of Education; Paul Gothold, San Diego County superintendent of schools; Janice Jackson, CEO of HOPE Chicago and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools; and Robert Nelson, Fresno Unified School District superintendent. The panel is moderated by USC Rossier Dean Pedro A. Noguera.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking to identify the current issues facing educators
– Policymakers who want to understand how educational leaders are addressing pandemic controversies
-Those hoping to learn more about the effects of returning to school after COVID-19

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).

Patricia Burch is a professor of education at USC. Burch’s research focuses on education policy, organizational and institutional theory, qualitative and mixed methods research, and evidence-based policy and practice. She started as a community organizer in Boston. She received her PhD from Stanford University. She is married to Robert Berner and has two children.