COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

Going Back to School After COVID: Controversies and Challenges

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As the U.S. begins to re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-opening of the schools has been met with controversies over vaccines and mask mandates. Additionally, the polarization and politicization of COVID-19 has led to cross fires between the leaders and the public. How are educational leaders navigating through these trials and tribulations? How does the public feel about these issues?

In this seminar, Pedro A. Noguera, dean at USC Rossier School of Education, speaks with USC Rossier Provost Professor Shaun Harper; Sandra Lyon, retired superintendent at Palm Springs Unified School District; Julie A. Marsh, professor at USC Rossier and faculty director at Policy Analysis for California Education; and Neeraj Sood, vice dean of research at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking to learn more about the effects of going back to school after COVID
– Policymakers who want to understand how educational leaders are addressing the pandemic controversies
– Those hoping to gain deeper insights into the different racial equity issues faced within education systems

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, 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).

Julie Marsh is a professor of education policy at USC Rossier School of Education and faculty director of policy analysis for California Education. Marsh specializes in research on K-12 policy and governance, blending perspectives in education, sociology, and political science. Her work has focused on accountability and instructional policy, with particular attention to the process and politics of adoption and implementation, and the ways in which policies shape practice in urban settings. Prior to coming to USC in July 2010, Marsh was at the RAND Corporation where she last served as senior policy researcher. She received a PhD in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, a master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and BA in American studies from Stanford University.

Neeraj Sood, PhD, is professor and vice dean for research and faculty affairs at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and a founding member the USC Schaeffer Center. He is also director of the COVID Initiative at the USC Schaeffer Center. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals in economics, medicine and policy, including JAMA, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Health Services Research. His work has been featured in media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report and Scientific American. Sood was the finalist for the 16th and 21st annual National Institute for Health Care Management Health Care Research Award, recognizing outstanding research in health policy. He was also the 2009 recipient of the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize, recognizing outstanding research demonstrating how medical research impacts the economy.